Sweet and Sour Chicken


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Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of those dishes that once you start eating, you almost can’t stop. Similar to Skillet Orange Chicken, this recipe has tender chunks of chicken in a deliciously sweet sauce.

Spoon it over fluffy white rice or some Cauliflower Fried Rice and you might never order out again!

Sweet and Sour Chicken over rice in bowl

The Perfect Take-Out Fake-Out

There is nothing quite like sweet and sour chicken, it’s a take out favorite and all of my kids love it.  These days we are skipping take-out in favor of healthier home cooked options. Luckily for me, this recipe tastes even better than my favorite take-out version!

This Sweet and Sour Chicken is the perfect take-out fake-out to make at home with loads of juicy pineapple, peppers and tender chicken in a tangy sweet and sour sauce.

This recipe comes from Good Fast Eats written by Amy who blogs over at Belly Full and she always creates such yummy food.

Stir Fry for a Quick Meal

If your evenings are anything like mine, this book is going to become a staple in your kitchen. The recipes are super quick allowing fresh family dinners on the table every night of the week!

Stir fry recipes (like Easy Beef Stir Fry or Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry) are great weeknight options because they’re so fast! Pair them with Fried Rice, white rice or even ramen noodles!

Don’t be afraid to change out the veggies for your favorites or whatever you have on hand!

Sweet and Sour Chicken being cooked in skillet

To Make Sweet & Sour Chicken

This sweet and sour chicken recipe is unbelievably easy and delicious! Within 30 minutes you can have this on the table for a delicious and economical dinner that is completely comparable to take-out!

  1. Chicken & Veggies: Add chicken to cornstarch (this tenderizes it and I use this technique in my other stir fry recipes) Prep veggies (most stores sell fresh stir-fry veggies that are ready to go).
  2. Sauce: Combine sauce ingredients and set aside.
  3. Cook: Cook chicken and then cook veggies. Add sauce and let it thicken. So easy!

Serve over rice.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian
Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of those dishes that once you start eating, you almost can’t stop. Instead of dashing out for take out, you can whip it up at home just as quickly with this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 8 oz pineapple chunks drained, juice reserved
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pound boneless chicken breast cut into chunks
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 small red bell pepper cut into one inch strips
  • 1 small green bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 small sweet onion cut into strips
  • cooked white rice optional
  • sesame seeds for garnish optional

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Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and water until combined. Whisk in rice wine vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar and reserved pineapple juice.
  2. In a large skillet heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat. Toss the chicken in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add to the skillet and cook without stirring for 2-3 minutes. Mix and continue to cook for 6 -7 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the chicken to a plate.
  4. Add red bell pepper, green bell pepper and onion to the skillet; cook for 3 minutes or until vegetables soften. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the sweet and sour sauce mixture, along with the pineapple chunks. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes to warm thoroughly and allow the sauce to thicken slightly. Add the chicken back to the skillet and stir to combine.
  5. Serve over cooked white rice.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from Good Fast Eats by Amy Flanigan. Nutrition information does not include rice.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 265, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 338mg, Potassium: 561mg, Carbohydrates: 23g, Sugar: 19g, Protein: 24g, Vitamin A: 10.5%, Vitamin C: 37.4%, Calcium: 2.2%, Iron: 4.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of those dishes that once you start eating, you almost can't stop. Instead of dashing out for take out, you can whip it up at home with this recipe. The results are so good that you might never order out again when the craving hits!
Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of those dishes that once you start eating, you almost can't stop. Instead of dashing out for take out, you can whip it up at home with this recipe. The results are so good that you might never order out again when the craving hits!
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Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of those dishes that once you start eating, you almost can't stop. This recipe has tender chunks of chicken in a deliciously sweet sauce.#spendwithpennies #sweetandsour #sweetandsourchicken #liketakeout #easydinner #homemade #fromscratch

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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