Asian Sprite Chicken - delicious tender strips of chicken in a sweet spicy asian style sauce made with sprite soda.
I don't often let the kids have pop or soda, but when they do their favourite is Sprite or 7up in a glass with ice. So when I had a big bottle staring at me, my diet coke chicken recipe popped into my head and I wondered if I could create an equally yummy recipe using some sprite.
But not wanting a bbq style sauce I decided to combine it with ingredients like Soy sauce, ginger and garlic for a delicious Asian Inspired sauce.
What is Sprite?
Sprite is the popular soda pop drink created by the coca-cola company and is a lemon and lime flavoured drink, like typical non specific fizzy lemonade but to me it has a much nicer flavour.
Other similar brands are 7up or just store own brands. You can use either of these in this recipe if you prefer.
Can I use diet or zero sprite?
There are a few thing to bear in mind with this recipe. I use regular sprite not diet, the sugar when cooked reduces down into a beautiful thicker glossy sauce. Any drink sweetened with artificial sweeteners just will not yield the same kind of sauce.
Yes regular sprite is calories, but when you divide it up into servings its not all that much. So tell me which you would prefer?
Other proteins in place of Chicken in a recipe?
I used chicken breast in this sprite chicken because it was what I had on hand at the time and sliced up into strips. Chicken thighs will also work, but of course will add a bit more calories to your meal as chicken breast is a lot leaner.
Pork strips would also work well in this recipe, again slice into strips or pieces.
You could even use shrimp or prawns or some pieces of white fish.
Why is my Sprite Chicken not as deep in Colour?
The biggest culprit for this is the brand of dark soy sauce you are using. Always ensure it says Dark Soy Sauce on the bottle and where possible purchase a Premium Chinese Brand. My two favourites are Lee Kum Lee Premium Dark Soy Sauce or Pearl River Bridge Premium Dark Soy Sauce.
You'll know you have a good quality Dark Soy Sauce as just a teeny amount will instantly deepen the colour of your dish.
It won't affect the taste too much if you can't get this, it just means the your Asian Sprite Chicken will be a lot lighter in colour.
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Gluten Free Dark Soy Sauce
If you are gluten free, this can easily be adapted, just ensure you use a gluten free soy sauce. You may struggle to source gluten free dark soy sauce though, there are a few brands out there such a Lee Kum Lee or even some recipes to make your own.
If not just use all regular gluten free soy sauce bearing in mind the colour will appear lighter than you see on this recipe, as dark soy sauce has that lovely deep molasses colour.
Sides for Asian Sprite Chicken
Everything week I grab a bag of shredded veg, as we usually have at least one stir fry a week, they are so quick and simple. These bags of shredded veg come in some handy, as I just dump in a pan with some spray oil and seasoning (salt and black pepper) and viola they are cooked in less than a few minutes.
This particular bag had shredded brussels, broccoli stalks, cabbage and carrots. You can use a similar bag of stir fried vegetables or just shred/chop up your own choice.
Some other perfect vegetable sides are:
- Bok Choy (Pak Choi)
as well as the vegetables I also served along some simple Jasmine Rice. I love this rice with any recipe like this.
How to cook Perfect Rice?
Struggle to cook perfect rice? I have seen some strange methods in my time, but trust me when I say this method below works everytime.
Whenever you cook any kind of white long grain rice (Jasmine, Basmati). I got for a 2 to 1 ratio.
So for example 1 cup of rice you want 2 cups of water. Make sure you rinse the rice well first. Then add the 1 cup of rice to a saucepan, along with 2 cups of cold water and a pinch of salt.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, add lid and once liquid is almost absorbed, turn off the heat, and leave with the lid on for about 10 minutes. The steam trapped underneath continues to cook the rice to perfection.
and there you have it, perfect rice every time. Don't be tempted to stir in the cooking process, let it do it's own thing.
If you want to add some flavour to your rice cook in stock instead of water.
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- 600g of uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced into strips
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 piece of ginger root (tablespoon in size), sliced into very fine strips
- pinch of red chilli flakes (optional, can omit if you don't like spicy)
- 480ml (2 cups) of Sprite (or use other similar brand)
- 6 spring onions (green onions), chopped.
- Cooking oil spray (I used Avocado)
- Add the chicken to a ziplock bag or bowl with the 1 tbs of soy sauce (not the dark) and ½ tablespoon of the cornstarch. Mix until well coated.
- Spray a frying pan over a medium heat with cooking oil spray. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken and fry until the pieces are golden all over (couple of minutes).
- Remove and set aside.
- Add the ginger, garlic, chilli flakes and 4 of the chopped spring onions to the pan and fry for a minute to infuse the flavour.
- Mix the remaining cornstarch with a little drop of cold water to make a slurry (runny paste)
- Add in the sprite, dark soy sauce and the cornstarch slurry into the pan.
- Heat the sauce on medium high, add back in the chicken and let it bubble until it starts to reduce down and thicken.
- Serve sprinkled with the remaining spring onions and serve with your choice of sides.
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Nutrition InformationServing Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 217Total Fat 1.3gCholesterol 98mgSodium 534mgCarbohydrates 18.4gFiber 0.7gSugar 14.1gProtein 35g