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side shot of sweet and sour chicken served with rice and black chopsticks

Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken


  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe pairs crispy fried chicken with a combo of bell peppers and sweet yet tangy pineapple-laced sauce. It’s a family favorite and is ready and on the table in less than 30 minutes.


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb (4) boneless chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, divided
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup canola oil, for frying
  • optional rice, cooked

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice (from canned pineapples)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp Water


Instructions

  • Cut chicken breast into cubes. Season evenly with 1 tsp black pepper, ground ginger, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. 
  • In a bowl, add eggs and whisk (paid link), and set to the side. In a second bowl, add the cornstarch. Add flour, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl. Whisk (paid link) and set to the side. Coat chicken in cornstarch, and egg mixture, then coat in the flour mixture. 
  • Add cooking oil to a frying pan at high heat and pan-fry chicken for 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and drain on a rack or paper towel.
  • For the sauce, add chopped peppers to a sauté pan at medium heat. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, pineapple juice, soy sauce, minced garlic, garlic powder, and salt. Stir slowly until well blended.
  • Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl and mix. Add to the same pan. Cook at medium-low heat for 7 to 10 minutes. Lower the heat to low.
  • Place cooked chicken into the sauce and coat well. Service with rice (optional). 

Notes

To transform this recipe to gluten-free, replace the cornstarch with arrowroot (an easy one-to-one substitution) and replace the all-purpose flour with almond flour.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Comfort Food
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian

Nutrition

  • Calories: 592
  • Sugar: 25.5g
  • Sodium: 745mg
  • Fat: 10.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 80.4g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Protein: 40.9g
  • Cholesterol: 147mg

Keywords: Sweet & Sour Chicken, Chinese takeout chicken recipes