Take Out Style Sweet and Sour Chicken

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take out sweet 'n sour chicken

If you love take out sweet and sour chicken, you are going to love this recipe!  It’s easy and delicious, perfect for those nights you are unable to get takeout.

This makes a fantastic appetizer or a delicious meal!  Serve it up with some rice and a side of steamed veggies for a dinner that your whole family will love!

take out sweet 'n sour chicken
4.67 from 12 votes
Review Recipe

Take Out Style Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
If you love takeout sweet and sour chicken, you are going to love this recipe! It’s easy and delicious and tastes even BETTER than ordering in. This makes a fantastic appetizer or a delicious meal! Serve it up with some rice and a side of steamed veggies for a dinner that your whole family will love!


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cups cornstarch
  • 3 eggs , beaten
  • 3 tablespoon canola oil


  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger

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  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Combine cornstarch, salt and pepper in a Ziploc bag. Cut chicken into small cubes and toss with cornstarch.
  • Beat eggs in a small bowl and dip each piece of chicken in the egg. Preheat oil over medium heat in a skillet and brown the chicken.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients. Place chicken in a 9x13 pan, pour sauce over top and bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 501, Carbohydrates: 57g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 178mg, Sodium: 389mg, Potassium: 626mg, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 215IU, Vitamin C: 2.4mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1.2mg

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

Course Chicken, Dinner
Cuisine Chinese

Adapted from Six Sister’s Stuff

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  1. I absolutely love this recipe! It’s my go to recipe. I am a lead cook at my local senior center & have had numerous compliments on it. I don’t even get takeout chicken anymore I simply make my own now. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!!

  2. I would have given this dish 5 stars as the end result was delicious…However, the ingredient measurements were not accurate…The cornflour was way over, only 2 eggs req and the oil for batch cooking was under… 3 tbsp was way short as an experienced cook I knew this before I started an inexperienced cook would not have… I also added more garlic/ginger but that was our personal taste such a shame as the sauce recipe was spot on and the finished dish very nice :)4 stars

  3. I love Chinese food and will be grocery shopping to make this recipe. The General Tso’s chicken I have had has a sticky sweet sauce over it. I think it had an orange marmalade in it. Do you have a recipe for this not so skinny sauce?

  4. This is an awesome dish. I just finished my second bowl. Thank you so much for the recipe.5 stars

  5. I love this recipe! The only changes (I know, I know) after making it the first time were the following: I use flour instead of cornstarch, double the sauce for the recommended four chicken breasts, reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup.

  6. This looks fabulous! I do have a question. Do you re-coat the chicken with the cornstarch mixture after you dip it in the egg?

  7. This recipe is delicious! It has just the right amount of sweetness and tang. This blows away any of the Chinese restaurants recipes of Sweet & Sour Chicken that are located near me and I even really like one of the restaurants’ recipes.

    Note: Don’t overcook or burn the chicken while pan frying otherwise the taste and tenderness of the chicken will be ruined.

  8. I just made this for dinner last night and it was super delicious. Followed directions as is. I would agree it needs a little more sauce tho.

  9. Agree with Clarissa and Melissa. It was a hit when I served it for 6 kids and everyone loved it. Will make more sauce next time
    as I served it over rice.

  10. We love this recipie! It is so easy to make with ingredients that I usually have on hand! I serve it over Asian style noodles and egg rolls and it is way Better then take out!

  11. HI Holly,
    I really want this Chicken right now, it looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen