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Sweet and Sour Chicken: The Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken in 30 Minutes

Sweet and Sour Chicken: This delicious Chinese-style sweet and sour chicken consists of crispy chicken, pineapple and bell peppers and the color that you will get without adding any food color is just amazing.
It is stir-fried with pineapple chunks and bell peppers. This Chicken recipe is full of healthy bell peppers which are again low in calories! makes it even healthier. This Sweet and Sour chicken can be ready in just 20 minutes.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Just in one bowl, you will get all your comforting elements. Let me tell you one thing… In China, you will barely find anyone eating chicken. When I visited China for the first time I was literally very disappointed because in every other restaurant you will find pork. However, In Japan, you can easily get this amazing Sweet and Sour Chicken.

One thing that you have to keep in mind about the sauce is that when you will make it can be little in a sweeter side but yes, you can easily balance the sweetness by adding a couple pinches of crushed red pepper.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

I personally suggest coating the sauce on the chicken cubes so they don’t turn soggy. Because in most the Chinese restaurants the chicken actually swims in the sweet and sour sauce which I don’t like personally.
Another thing that you can do is use the baking powder in the frying batter because it gives that extra crispiness in the chicken.

What type of sauces you can use to make sweet and sour chicken?

  • You can use any Asian chili sauce (Buy it!)- this will give you that extra heat within the sweet and sour sauce.
  • And if you want to make it extra flavorful then try Plum Sauce(Buy it!).
  • Or, You can simply use Ketchup(Buy it!) to give that extra color.
  • If you want to make your recipe like other Chinese restaurants then use Worcestershire sauce(Buy it!).
  • And finally, if you want more sweetness then add more sugar in your sauce.

Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken

How to Make Sweet and Sour Chicken?

  • In a small saucepan combine water, vinegar, pineapple juice, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon cornstarch.
  • On low heat simmer, stirring frequently until thickened. Cover and remove from heat.
  • In large Ziploc bag combine 1/3 cup cornstarch and chicken. Shake until coated.
  • In large skillet heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 7 minutes until nicely browned on all sides. Remove chicken to plate. Drain.
  • In the skillet add 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add peppers and cook for additional 3-4 minutes stirring frequently.
  • Reduce heat to low; add chicken with peppers and onions and cook for 1 minute. Add pineapple, sauce, red pepper and salt to taste.
  • Serve over Chinese noodles or cooked rice

Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

What to serve with your Sweet and Sour Chicken?

The Sweet and Sour Chicken is itself a wonderful dish but you can serve it over Chinese noodles or cooked rice. You can also add Pineapple to make it more delicious but don’t add too much.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

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Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

This Chinese-style sweet and sour chicken is stir-fried with pineapple chunks and bell peppers and can be ready in just 30 minutes.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained (juice reserved)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 3/4 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, 1 1/2 cups water, reserved pineapple juice. On low heat simmer until thickened. Combine 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup cornstarch and slowly stir into saucepan. Continue stirring until mixture thickens.
  2. Combine 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, flour, salt, white pepper, and egg. To make a thick batter add 1 1/2 cups water. Add chicken pieces, and stir until chicken is well coated.
  3. In a skillet heat oil on 360 degrees F. Fry chicken pieces in hot oil until golden for10 minutes. Remove chicken from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  4. Serve with pineapple chunks, green peppers, and cooked chicken pieces on a platter. Pour hot sweet and sour sauce over top.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 540Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 115mgSodium 638mgCarbohydrates 71gSugar 29gProtein 40g

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