Sweet and Sour Chicken

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 5 reviews

Asian food recipes Chicken Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Sweet and Sour Chicken is an easy recipe that gives you a range of flavors! It is a refreshing take on chicken using pineapple and bell peppers!

This dish is as colorful as our other dishes like the Mexican Black Bean Salad, Ambrosia Salad, and Fruit Salad! These are all perfect sides to this main course, too.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken offers a balance of sweetness, sourness, and savory in one colorful dish. Who says that pineapples cannot be made into a savory dish? It’s quite the opposite as it offers a distinct fruity flavor that pairs surprisingly well with chicken. The bell peppers also offer a nice balance and the sauce itself is golden!

In addition, the bell peppers add color to this dish which makes it more appetizing. This is an easy recipe that you can do at home and do away with that Chinese takeout! It can be done in minutes, which makes it a hearty go-to meal when you want something quick for dinner.

What is Sweet and Sour Chicken?

It is a recipe that evolved with the American palate in mind. Though the Chinese have some dishes that are highly similar to this dish, it does not have the complicated recipes and exquisite ingredients that traditional Chinese cuisine has. Instead, it plays with the combination of vinegar and sugar complemented by ketchup, an American favorite.

It has lots of flavors that complement the chicken breast which is not that flavorful by itself. The addition of pineapple chunks gives a burst of fruity sourness that is balanced by the sugar. It has soy sauce, too that adds body to the sauce.

How to make Sweet and Sour sauce?

Simmer the mixture of the following ingredients until thick: pineapple juice, orange juice, sugars, vinegar, ketchup, garlic powder, and slurry. For the details, check out this post.

How to make Sweet and Sour Chicken?

  1. Prepare the sauce and set it aside while you prepare the meat.
  2. In a shallow bowl, prepare a mixture of cornstarch, salt, and pepper. In another bowl, beat two eggs. These will be the coating for the meat.
  3. Next, in a deep-frying pan, heat up two inches of canola oil to medium-high.
  4. Dip the chunks of meat into the eggs and then, dredge each piece into the cornstarch mixture.
  5. Then, cook the meat in the hot oil. The outcome is golden and crispy chicken. Set aside when cooked.
  6. In the pan, remove most of the oil, just leave about two tablespoons of oil.
  7. Add in the yellow onion, bell pepper, garlic, and pineapple and cook them until tender.
  8. Next, add in the sauce that was prepared earlier as well as the cooked meat and mix until everything is coated.
  9. Let it simmer until the sauce becomes thicker.
  10. Lastly, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions with rice on the side.

How to make this dish gluten-free?

Switch to gluten-free options for the soy sauce such as coconut amino or tamari sauce. They work equally fine in this recipe.

How many calories are in it?

There are about 200 calories in a five-piece serving. Majority of the calories come from carbohydrates mainly due to the sugar and batter.

How to make this dish healthier?

So, how do we lower all those calories, and make a healthier recipe? Substitute the batter with a thin coating of cornstarch. And, instead of deep-frying, simply stir-fry in a tablespoon of oil.

You can also lessen the amount of sugar that goes into the dish and use sugar-free ketchup. Or, use healthier alternatives like coconut sugar. 

How to make crispy Sweet and Sour Chicken?

The secret is in the batter. Prepare the chicken by coating in a mixture of corn flour, plain flour, baking powder, and iced water. Then, deep-fry at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Just follow the rest of the recipe!

How to store it?

You can make this in advance and store in the refrigerator. Within two hours of cooking, put it in an airtight container and it will keep up to 4 days in the fridge. Also, you can freeze it for up to 4 months.

Recipe Tips

  • This is best served with rice. Healthier options would be brown rice, cauliflower rice, or quinoa.
  • Thighs can be used instead of breasts, as they are more flavorful and dry out less.
  • In addition, instead of deep-frying the battered meat, you can also bake it in the oven for about fifteen minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Similarly, poultry can be swapped with pork, prawns, or fish.
  • For enhanced flavor, add some freshly minced garlic and ginger to the pan.
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5 from 5 reviews

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Sweet and Sour Chicken is an easy recipe that gives you a range of flavors! It is a refreshing take on chicken using pineapple and bell peppers!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 45 mins








Nutrition information

Calories: 611 Carbohydrates: 99 Protein: 54 Fat: 9 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 226 Sodium: 1283 Potassium: 1393 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 59 Vitamin A: 1435 Vitamin C: 92.5 Calcium: 75 Iron: 2.9
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Lian Wright

I love sweet and sour chicken. I will be trying this one out with my family as it is simple and looks scrumptious!


GiGi Eats

Oh yum! I am totally craving CHICKEN right now, so this is speaking my name!!!


robin rue

This sounds all kinds of awesome. I can't wait to make this.


Amber Myers

We LOVE sweet and sour chicken. It's been ages since I've made it, so I need to add this to our recipe list for sure. It looks incredible.


Jamie H

Yum! I know what we're having for dinner tonight! This looks just fabulous-- I love the bell peppers in it!



My family loves sweet and sour chicken. I can't wait to make this for them. I know they're going to love it. 


Sarah Bailey

My other half is such a fan of sweet and sour - I am sure this is something that would be right up his street to try. Perhaps I'll surprise him one night!


Lia Mae

I love sweet and sour chicken it looks delicious. Haven’t made it in a while, I will be using this recipe fairly soon. 



This recipe looks so good. I love sweet and sour chicken. It's one of my favorite dishes. I've never actually made it before though. Can't wait to give this a try!


Lori Bosworth

I often order this dish when I'm ordering Chinese food. I like the ingredients in this recipe...I have most of them in my fridge/cupboard!


Ruth I

I will be trying this recipe for sure. I like sweet and sour dishes, chicken or fish. Yum!



We have only ever bought this as takeout, but it sounds like it is doable to make at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe, I know my husband would really like this.


Terri Steffes

This looks so flavorful. I have to try it, I love a good Chinese based dish. Delicious!



oh, my goodness! That looks really good and tasty. I never had any luck making sweet and sour chicken . I would love to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!



I love sweet and sour chicken. I always order it when we go out to Chinese restaurants. I definitely need to try to make it,



Sweet and sour chicken looks delicious I am going to give it try kids will love it for you.



My eldest is a picky eater, but she legit loves Sweet & Sour Chicken. I love that there’s a meal with vegetables that she’ll eat. This recipe sounds perfect for us.


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