easy sweet and sour chicken over rice in bowl
5 from 2 votes
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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.
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  • 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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  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: 525%, Vitamin C: 30.9%, Calcium: 22%, Iron: 0.8%

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

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