The result is deliciously sweet, but equally tangy and savory. This isn't the gloopy red sweet-and-sour with pineapple and cherries you know from the takeout box. It is much better.Start to finish: 30 minutes
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1/2 -inch strips
Scallions, thinly sliced, to garnish
Fresh cilantro, chopped, to garnish
In large saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water. Bring to simmer and cook without stirring for about 10 minutes, or until sugar has browned and thickened to caramel. Stir in fish sauce, being careful of sputtering, then soy sauce, ginger and lime juice. Return to simmer.
Meanwhile, in large saute pan over medium, heat oil. Add chicken and cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. When the chicken has cooked, use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer the chicken (but none of the liquid in the pan) into the caramel sauce. Toss to coat chicken with sauce, then transfer it to serving platter. Top with scallions and cilantro.
Nutrition information per serving: 400 calories; 170 calories from fat (43 percent of total calories); 19 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 150 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 13 g sugar; 42 g protein; 1260 mg sodium.