Sweet And Sour Chicken Balls

Course : Chinese
Serves: 6
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1 pound ground chicken
1 large egg -- slightly beaten
1 clove garlic -- minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
5 tablespoons flour -- divided
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 can pineapple chunks in own juice -- (14 ounces)
1 pieces chicken bouillon cube
1 medium green pepper -- sliced into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar

Preparation / Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix together the egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the ground chicken and 2 tablespoons of the flour. Sprinkle the remaining flour on a sheet of waxed paper. Drop the chicken mixture by heaping teaspoons onto the floured waxed paper and roll in the flour to form balls. Heat the canola oil in a nonstick frying pan over high heat. Add the chicken balls and cook, turning, until brown, about 6 minutes. Remove the chicken balls and drain on paper towels. Drain the oil from the frying pan, reserving 1 tablespoon. Drain the juice from the pineapple into a measuring cup; add water to make 1 cup liquid. Add the bouillon cube to the pineapple juice and stir to dissolve. Place the frying pan over low heat; add the pineapple chunks and green peppers. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes. Combine the cornstarch, sugar and ginger in a small bowl; stir in the soy sauce and vinegar until smooth. Add the pineapple juice and then the cornstarch mixture, stirring, and cook until clear and thickened, about 5 minutes. Arrange the chicken balls over sauce and serve with hot cooked rice and crisp Chinese noodles.

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