Good news! You're going to the mall tonight to do some holiday shopping!
Bad news... You wont have any money left to get your favorite food court food.
More good news. You can make it at home and the kids will be asking for it over and over. It's so easy, you can put it into the regular dinner rotation without a hitch.
I've seen Bourbon Chicken recipes that make you marinate the chicken overnight That just isn't in my schedule.
Here's your solution and you'll have it finished in 45 minutes. 30 if you're quick.
2 Lbs Chicken cut into bite size pieces
2 Tbls Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove, crushed
1/4 tsp Ginger
3/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper (or to taste for the little tykes)
1/4 Cup Apple Juice
1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 Tbls Ketchup
1 Tbls Cider Vinegar
1/2 Cup Water
1/3 Cup Light Soy Sauce
2 Tbls Corn Starch
Heat oil in a 12 inch skillet
Sprinkle chicken with salt and corn starch
Brown chicken in skillet. Remove chicken to plate
Add remaining ingredients to the same skillet. Heat and stir until mixed and dissolved.
Add chicken back to skillet and bring to a hard boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Serve over hot rice
NOTES: I like extra sauce so I always measure the wet ingredients very generously.
ALSO... Oddly enough. Rice on the stove top takes about 20 minutes to do... perfect timing!
Now do me a favor. Take some of that money you saved by having dinner before hitting the mall and get an extra toy to donate to Toys For Tots. If you can, watch out for one of our hero Marines you see guarding the toy boxes this time of year. Give him or her a donation and a big heart felt thank you for their service. Tell them how happy you are that he or she can be home for the holiday.