Sweet and Sour Pork or Chicken

Its february and its sooo hard to take pictures cuz the sun is down by the time i cook! So frustrating. Anyways I made myself post this despite the bad photo because its so yummy! It tastes just like the chinese take-out sweet and sour chicken. It may look like a daunting recipe with a ton of ingredients but its really not that hard to make. Once the sauce is made, the dish comes together fairly quickly. Remember to make some steamed white rice on the side. It goes so well on top of it! :)

Sweet and Sour Pork or Chicken
1/2 cup pineapple juice (I usually just use the juice that comes with the canned pineapple)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple ciider vinegar
1/4 cup water
4 tsp. soy sauce
1-2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. sesame oil

Vegetable oil (for frying)
2 tbsp. grated ginger
2 tsp. minced garlic

1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. water

pork tenderloin or boneless skinless chicken breasts (cubed)
1 green bell pepper (roughly diced)
1/2 yellow onion (roughly diced)
1 1/2 - 2 cups cubed pineapple (I use a little less than a can of cubed pineapple packed in juice)

In a bowl, combine the pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, water, soy sauce, red pepper flakes & sesame oil. In a saucepan, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium high heat. Add ginger & garlic and cook for 15 seconds. Add pineapple juice mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium & simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 2-3 minutes. In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tbsp. cornstarch in 2 tbsp. of water. Add to the simmering sauce, whisking constantly. Reduce again & simmer until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. remove from heat and set aside.

Saute or fry pork or chicken in 1 tbsp of oil until golden brown (about 5-7 minutes). Remove & drain on paper towels.

Bring large pan or wok to high heat. Add tbsp. of oil and add the bell peppers and onions, cook for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add sauce and bring to a boil. Add pineapple & meat. Warm 1 minute. Keep on low heat until you serve.