I ran into a couple problems. I started cooking and realized I forgot to buy apple juice. No biggie - I would just add a touch more cider vinegar and supplement the rest with chicken broth. Well as I was adding the sauce ingredients, I misread 1 tbsp of vinegar and added the whole 1/4c (the amount of apple juice). Awful mistake. It burned my nostrils and the taste was in my mouth as soon as I poured it in the pan. Joe said from across the room "Is it supposed to smell like that?" A double check of the amounts and I realized my mistake. Thankfully it was before we tried to eat it. So I started the sauce all over again. Here are my pics:
Sauteing the chicken
Making the sauce - without all the vinegar this time (but still no apple juice)!
Saucing up the chicken
The Verdict: Honestly, I wasn't expecting much. I don't really like spice of any kind, Joe isn't a fan of Chinese Food, and I thought I messed up the sauce royally without the apple juice. In the end, it didn't turn out bad. It was a little too spicy for me (I know its only a couple red pepper flakes, but still too much for me - I am a wimp), but Joe loved it.
Things to consider: Do not use a 1/4 cup of vinegar! But seriously - I am not sure how different it would be with the juice, but I would like to try it again to see if it's any better. I think Joe would like it if I made it more often.