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 in a bowl with peppers and pineapple

The Perfect Homemade Meal

There is nothing quite like sweet and sour chicken, all of my kids love it.

This Sweet and Sour Chicken is the perfect dish 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.

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 in a pan with pineapple

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!

  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

Tender chunks of chicken, bell pepper and pineapple in a sweet and sour sauce.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch divided
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • cup rice wine vinegar
  • cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 8 ounces pineapple chunks drained, juice reserved
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ pound boneless chicken breast cut into 1-inch chunks
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 small sweet onion sliced
  • sesame seeds for garnish optional


  • 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.
  • Toss the chicken in the remaining ½ tablespoon of cornstarch and season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat.
  • Add chicken to the skillet and cook without stirring for 2-3 minutes. Mix and continue to cook for 6 -7 minutes or until cooked through. With a slotted spoon transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Add red pepper, green pepper and onion to the skillet; cook for 3 minutes or until vegetables soften. Stir in the sweet and sour sauce mixture, along with the pineapple chunks. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly. Add the chicken back to the skillet and stir to combine.
  • Serve over rice.


Recipe from Good Fast Eats by Amy Flanigan. Nutrition information does not include rice.
5 from 24 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 265 | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 561mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 30.9mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian

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  1. Made this tonight, was a big hit with everyone including the grandkids. Doubled the recipe to feed everyone, only change I made was adding more peppers. Will make again!5 stars

  2. This recipe is becoming one of my regulars in my menu rotation. So much flavour, I love the sweetness of the pineapple and the sauce, the veggies are cooked to tender-crisp. One pot = perfect for a weeknight! Will definitely be repeating. 10/105 stars

  3. All of your recipes look wonderful. Looking forward to our journey to better meal planning for healthy, fast, tasty meals. Thank you.