Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sweet and Sour Chicken - A Quick Family Meal

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This week I tried out the new Kraft Recipe Makers meal kit in Sweet and Sour Chicken to make a quick family meal. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client. #kraftrecipemakers #cbias #shop


Next month I will be sending my oldest off to school. I know things are going to get busier with PTAN meetings, activities, and catching up on his day. But this past week has been crazy busy, too! I mean, there is a lot to get ready for one little boy to enter Kindergarten.

Let's not forget that I now have 3 kids. I don't know where all the time in my day goes. I would like to tell you that we can just order take-out when my day runs away from me, but in rural Oregon there are few options and good Chinese food is not one of them. Those days I am left wondering what to make.

I might be a little picky. A Summer spent traveling around China solo had me hooked on the flavors, sauces and spices. At home it takes a long time for me to throw together my own Asian-dine-in meal. There are all the ingredients I need to find, reducing of sauces, cornstarch to tighten them up and more meal prep to be done.

Instead, I heard about Kraft Recipe Makers and the Sweet & Sour Chicken meal kit. They actually have a whole list of great flavor option, but the Sweet & Sour Chicken called to me and my love of a little Chinese food flair. So, off to Walmart I went for our weekly shopping trip, and I picked up all the staples I needed to pull off this quick family meal.

Kraft Recipe Makers

This couldn't have been simpler! The box lists the ingredients needed, clear instructions and even comes with 2 additional recipes inside the box. Truly an easy meal maker. Inside the box I found 2 sauces. There was a Sesame Ginger Simmer Sauce and a Sweet & Sour Pineapple Finishing Sauce. You can also view the complete recipe on the Kraft website.

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Mmmm... the Sesame Ginger sauce smelled amazing! It was used to simmer with the bite-sized chicken pieces. Oh, the whole house already had the inviting smells of Chinese food.


Then I added in my vegetables; onion and bell peppers. When they were crisp tender I added the pineapple and the other sauce, the Sweet & Sour Pineapple Finishing Sauce.

Sweet & Sour Pineapple Finishing Sauce

I served it over brown rice and that was all I really needed. Paired with a simple salad, that is how we do family meals around here. I am happy to report it all went quickly and there weren't even leftovers.

Who needs take-out? I can make it fast and easy at home!

Quick Family Meal

Sweet and tangy, the sauce was delicious. Make sure to grab enough rice so you don't waste a single sweet drop of it. You can grab your own box in Walmart's pasta aisle to make this meal for your own family.

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So, do you have a favorite fast family meal?
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