My 2015 New Year’s Resolution is simple — to prepare more meals using watermelon as a key ingredient. I plan to do exactly that (one recipe each month), and post the results of my efforts here on the blog.
My first watermelon dish is Sweet and Sour Watermelon Chicken (check out the recipe here). The meal is relatively simple — I didn’t want to overwork myself with my first attempt — and involves a homemade sweet and sour sauce poured over some chicken and watermelon.
How did it turn out? Check out the recap below for the answer. If anyone has any ideas for watermelon recipes that you’d like me to try out in next month’s New Year’s Resolution update, leave a comment!
The star of this recipe is the diced watermelon, which can be mixed in with the sweet and sour sauce or just sprinkled on top of the dish.
After you sauté one onion and one red pepper, you’ll add your sweet and sour sauce. I actually couldn’t find sweet and sour sauce, so I used General Tso’s sauce. It’s almost the same thing, but just a little spicier.
The chicken tenders are the blank canvas for this dish. You can buy your own chicken tenders in the raw, uncooked chicken and bread them to make your own, or you can buy frozen tenders. I bought the frozen kind. If you buy frozen tenders, get ones that aren’t heavily flavored with a lot of crispy breading. You don’t want that flavor to interfere with the watermelon and sweet and sour sauce that you’ll be adding later.
After your tenders are cooked, top them with your sweet and sour sauce and throw some diced watermelon on there. You can even add some toasted sesame seeds, like I did. You don’t have to add the sesame seeds, but I highly recommend it. Overall, this dish tasted amazing, and the watermelon added a little crunchy sweetness, which helped take the meal to a whole new level.
For more recipes using watermelon, check out the “Recipes” section
of the National Watermelon Promotion Board website.
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