Sweet and Sour Chicken is such a yummy dinner. This recipe is easy to make and gives you crispy chicken in a tangy, sweet, and sticky sauce.

There are 3 steps – chicken, sauce, and finishing – but it’s actually pretty easy and doesn’t have a long cooking time.

Serve it up with steamed rice and steamed broccoli which is my go-to for a nicely balanced meal.

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Makes

4 servings

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Cook Time:

20 minutes

Good For:

dinner

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts thinly sliced across the grain
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons rice or white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Finishing Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger finely diced
  • 2 green onions sliced into small pieces
  • 1 pepper sliced into thin strips
  • 1/3 cup pineapple diced

How to make Sweet & Sour Chicken

Check out our easy step by step video

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside

Step 2

Mix the chicken with the vegetable oil, egg and salt

Step 3

Mix in the cornstarch and evenly coat the chicken

Step 4

Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet – a cast iron if you have one –  until hot, and then carefully add in the oil

Step 5

Add chicken into a single layer in the skillet and cook without moving for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bottom turns golden

Step 6

Turn each piece over and cook the other side for 2 to 3 minutes or until cooked through and then transfer to baking pan in a single layer and set aside

Step 7

Allow the pan to cool a little and then add in the green onion, garlic, and ginger and cook for 30 seconds

Step 8

Add in the peppers and cook for 1 minute 

Step 9

Stir the sauce mixture to make sure the cornstarch is mixed in and pour into the pan

Step 10

Stir until it thickens and then add in the pineapple and warm through – about 1 minute

Step 11

Add in the chicken and gently stir to coat in the sauce

Step 12

Serve over steamed rice and enjoy

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken is such a yummy dinner. This recipe is easy to make and gives you crispy chicken in a tangy, sweet, and sticky sauce.
There are 3 steps - chicken, sauce, and finishing - but it's actually pretty easy and doesn't have a long cooking time.
Serve it up with steamed rice and steamed broccoli which is my go-to for a nicely balanced meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 361 kcal

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts thinly sliced across the grain
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons rice or white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Finishing Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger finely diced
  • 2 green onions sliced into small pieces
  • 1 pepper sliced into thin strips
  • 1/3 cup pineapple diced

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside
  • Mix the chicken with the vegetable oil, egg and salt
  • Mix in the cornstarch and evenly coat the chicken
  • Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet - a cast iron if you have one -  until hot, and then carefully add in the oil
  • Add chicken into a single layer in the skillet and cook without moving for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bottom turns golden
  • Turn each piece over and cook the other side for 2 to 3 minutes or until cooked through and then transfer to baking pan in a single layer and set aside
  • Allow the pan to cool a little and then add in the green onion, garlic, and ginger and cook for 30 seconds
  • Add in the peppers and cook for 1 minute 
  • Stir the sauce mixture to make sure the cornstarch is mixed in and pour into the pan
  • Stir until it thickens and then add in the pineapple and warm through - about 1 minute
  • Add in the chicken and gently stir to coat in the sauce
  • Serve over steamed rice and enjoy

Nutrition Facts per serving

Calories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 27gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 1015mgPotassium: 614mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 1134IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg

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