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Low Fat Panda Express Sweet Chili Chicken Recipe

Updated on October 6, 2015
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Chili Chicken with Pineapple and Red Pepper

Sweet Chili Chicken
Sweet Chili Chicken | Source

Sweet Chili Pork and Pineapple

This simple recipe is so tasty! Your family will be amazed that you can cook like the local Chinese restaurant and you will like the fact that this Sweet Chili Pork and Pineapple is a low fat recipe you can make quickly. In fact, you can make this with frozen pork or chicken if you heat it just a bit in the microwave, just enough so that you can cut it into chunks.

Your family will never know you didn't really plan dinner! Sweet Chili sauce is found in the Asian food isle. If you don't have it, you can put any Asian sauce you do have into this recipe with some honey and it will taste good too.

How to Cook Low Fat Chili Chicken

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Cook Rice.   Rice--put two cups of water in saucepan.  When boiling put in 1 cup of long grained rice.  Put temperature to low and put timer on for 18 minutes.Cut Red Peppers. Cut 1/2 bell pepper into sliced then cut slices in half to make medium chunksCut Onions: Cut up 1 onion in slices and then cut slices in quarters to have medium chunks.Cut 1/2 fresh pineapple (or one can of pineapple chunks) To cut fresh pineapple: Cut off top and bottom of fresh pineapple.  Slice in half and then quarters.  Cut out  core and then slice each quarter in three.  Cut chunks.Fry onions and red pepper. Sauté onion and bell pepper for about 3 minutes or until just soft.  .Add pineapple and stir fry until heated through.  Put aside in serving container while you cook the meat.Cook Meat. Cut pork or chicken in chunks.  Pour on cornstarch and stir to coat.  Put in heated pan and stir while cooking. Cook the pork in skillet until just cooked through and no longer pinkAdd vegetables to Chicken and heat with sauce. Add the pineapple/onion/bell pepper mixture back in the pan and stir.  Pour over 1/2 cup of Sweet Chili Sauce and 3 TB ketchup.  Stir until bubbling.  Serve over Rice.
Cook Rice.   Rice--put two cups of water in saucepan.  When boiling put in 1 cup of long grained rice.  Put temperature to low and put timer on for 18 minutes.
Cook Rice. Rice--put two cups of water in saucepan. When boiling put in 1 cup of long grained rice. Put temperature to low and put timer on for 18 minutes. | Source
Cut Red Peppers. Cut 1/2 bell pepper into sliced then cut slices in half to make medium chunks
Cut Red Peppers. Cut 1/2 bell pepper into sliced then cut slices in half to make medium chunks | Source
Cut Onions: Cut up 1 onion in slices and then cut slices in quarters to have medium chunks.
Cut Onions: Cut up 1 onion in slices and then cut slices in quarters to have medium chunks. | Source
Cut 1/2 fresh pineapple (or one can of pineapple chunks) To cut fresh pineapple: Cut off top and bottom of fresh pineapple.  Slice in half and then quarters.  Cut out  core and then slice each quarter in three.  Cut chunks.
Cut 1/2 fresh pineapple (or one can of pineapple chunks) To cut fresh pineapple: Cut off top and bottom of fresh pineapple. Slice in half and then quarters. Cut out core and then slice each quarter in three. Cut chunks. | Source
Fry onions and red pepper. Sauté onion and bell pepper for about 3 minutes or until just soft.  .
Fry onions and red pepper. Sauté onion and bell pepper for about 3 minutes or until just soft. . | Source
Add pineapple and stir fry until heated through.  Put aside in serving container while you cook the meat.
Add pineapple and stir fry until heated through. Put aside in serving container while you cook the meat. | Source
Cook Meat. Cut pork or chicken in chunks.  Pour on cornstarch and stir to coat.  Put in heated pan and stir while cooking. Cook the pork in skillet until just cooked through and no longer pink
Cook Meat. Cut pork or chicken in chunks. Pour on cornstarch and stir to coat. Put in heated pan and stir while cooking. Cook the pork in skillet until just cooked through and no longer pink | Source
Add vegetables to Chicken and heat with sauce. Add the pineapple/onion/bell pepper mixture back in the pan and stir.  Pour over 1/2 cup of Sweet Chili Sauce and 3 TB ketchup.  Stir until bubbling.  Serve over Rice.
Add vegetables to Chicken and heat with sauce. Add the pineapple/onion/bell pepper mixture back in the pan and stir. Pour over 1/2 cup of Sweet Chili Sauce and 3 TB ketchup. Stir until bubbling. Serve over Rice. | Source

Sweet Chili Pork or Chicken with Pineapple and Bell Peppers

5 stars from 1 rating of Sweet Chili Chicken with Pineapple and Bell Peppers

Instructions

  1. Cut up onions, peppers and pineapple. Fry the onions and peppers in a pan until they are just a little soft. Stir as you fry so that they don't burn.
  2. Put pineapples in the pan and continue to stir and cook until they are just warm through. Put the onions, pepper and pineapple in a container while you cook the meat separately (I've found this is the key to making stir fry work on American stoves--cook the meat and vegetables separately and put them together just at the end with the sauce. This keeps the vegetables crisp.).
  3. Here is how to cook the meat so that it tastes like it is fried, but isn't full of fat like most Chinese restaurant food. Put the cut meat on a board and then sprinkle the cornstarch all over it. Use your knife or a spoon to turn the meat over until it is covered all over with the cornstarch
  4. . Put the oil in the pan (optional). Put the meat in the hot pan and stir as you fry it. Watch the meat and only cook it until it is just done. Check the inside of the meat and when it isn't pink any more, it is done. This will keep it tender and not dry. It works for both chicken and pork.
  5. Put the vegetable/pineapple mix back in the pan with the meat. Stir and cook until it is heated up. Pour the Sweet Chili sauce and ketchup on top. Add more if you like more sauce. If you want it sweeter, you can add a little honey too.
  6. Serve on top of rice (which should be done right before you finish the pork and pineapple dish).

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Bell Pepper, chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Fresh Pineapple, cut in chunks (or one can pineapple chunks)
  • 1 lb. pork or chicken, cut in 1 inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 TB oil
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup Sweet and sour sauce, duck sauce or sweet chili sauce

Perfect Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tea. salt
  • 1 cup rice (long grained jasmine or basmati is best)
  1. Put water in a saucepan.
  2. Add 1 tea. salt.
  3. Heat water until boiling. Put rice in and stir.
  4. Put a lid on the saucepan and lower heat to simmer. Put timer on for 18 minutes.
  5. When timer goes off, turn off the heat. You can let the rice sit a bit if it still seems to be watery.
  6. This recipe makes perfect rice for me every time. If you start your rice first, it should be done just as you finish your pork.

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      Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks Vacation Trip! My kids love this and I think they would eat this and my Honey Chicken recipe every day if I let them!

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      Susan 5 years ago from India

      This is simply mouth watering. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yum! This looks so easy and delicious!

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      Virginia Kearney 6 years ago from United States

      Glojud--You can make this with chicken too. Or I think it would also work with fried Tofu. Actually, that sounds really good. I may have to try that!

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      lhchan 6 years ago

      This recipe look delicious, the way you explain is easy to understand, will have a try. Thanks for the recipe. Vote up.

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      glojud 6 years ago

      Don't eat pork but that sure looks delicious!

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      Virginia Kearney 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the comments on the photos. I usually do photos on the side, but I'm experimenting with the whole box photos. I think maybe seeing big pictures in a sequence might even help someone just learn these quick recipes and be able to do them from memory. Helps me anyway!

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      doodlebugs 6 years ago from Southwest

      Great recipe and I must compliment you on your great photos. Sound delicious and I will try to make it sometime.

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      Spencer Camus 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This sounds like a great dish. I'll save for when it's just me and my youngest, as we're the only ones who like pineapple! Marked up on useful and interesting. Good hub :-)

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      Virginia Kearney 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks all! I have five kids and I'm trying to eat low fat meals with more veggies--so I need quick healthy things that taste good. With five kids, I need something that I can do without a recipe! I love this recipe and my honey chicken one which is similar. It is the only thing I cook that everyone eats. We love Pei Wei and Panda Express but those get pricey and they have too much fat in the meat for me.

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      Modern Greetings 6 years ago

      I love the pictures associated with this hub, totally aids in the step by step process. Awesome hub.

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      I would love to try this recipe. Well-written and illustrated. Voted up, useful, interesting and AWESOME. I am always trying to escape the high sodium levels which usually comes with Chinese food. I can at least control the sodium by making my food at home. Thanks!

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      Cousin Fudd 6 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe. I will share with my wife but this is so simple I think I can make it/ Thanks for sharing.

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