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Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

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!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword Sweet and Sour Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 611 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • canola oil for frying
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 yellow onion cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic minced

Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Garnish:

  • Green onions
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

Sauce:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan and whisk to combine until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  2. Place it on the stove over medium heat. Stir or whisk well until it comes to a light boil.
  3. Keep stirring constantly until the sauce thickens. Taste and adjust for sugar and tanginess.
  4. Remove the sauce from heat when it thickened and it coats the back of a spoon.

Chicken:

  1. In a large, shallow bowl, whisk cornstarch flour, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Add beaten eggs to another bowl.
  3. Pour about 2 inches of canola oil into a deep frying pan and heat it over medium-high heat.
  4. Dip the chicken pieces into the beaten eggs.
  5. Add the chicken chunks to the cornstarch mixture and toss until well coated. Work in batches.
  6. Cook it in batches in the hot oil until golden and crispy.
  7. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Combine:

  1. Once done cooking the chicken, discard all the oil, leaving only 2 tablespoons in the pan.
  2. Add the onion chunks, bell pepper chunks, garlic, and pineapple chunks, cook for 2-3 minutes, until just tender.

  3. Add the sauce back to the pan, stir until all the veggies are coated well.
  4. Add the chicken and stir again to coat well in the sauce.
  5. Stir and cook until the sauce has thickened more and is simmering lightly.
  6. Serve over rice, garnished with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 611 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 226mg75%
Sodium 1283mg56%
Potassium 1393mg40%
Carbohydrates 99g33%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 59g66%
Protein 54g108%
Vitamin A 1435IU29%
Vitamin C 92.5mg112%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.