Sweet and Sour Chicken

By Katie, 7:48 am

Wowza! 8-O

I know that I rave about a lot of the recipes on this blog – and always with good reason – but this dish takes it to a whole new level.

Watch out, Chinese take-out; if this recipe keeps circulating, you just may become obsolete!

So maybe it isn’t the healthiest dinner I’ve ever made, but paired with a serving of brown rice and lots of steamed broccoli, it makes for a very satisfying, well-rounded meal. And it’s gotta be better for you than the aforementioned take-out, right?

This is the kind of food that makes me overly excited to eat the leftovers for lunch the next day. ;-)

Sweet and Sour Chicken
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Serves 4

*I’m including the original recipe, with my changes noted in italics.

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used a 1 lb. package of chicken breast tenders)
2 eggs, beaten (I only needed one)
1 cup cornstarch (I only needed 3/4 cup)
salt & pepper
1/4 cup olive oil (I used a little less, maybe 2 tbsp)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 325ยบ.

2. Cut the chicken into chunks. Season with salt and pepper. Dip into the bowl with the beaten egg, then into a bowl with the cornstarch until coated.

3. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Pan-fry the chicken until browned but not cooked through. Place in a single layer in a baking dish lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.

4. Mix all the sauce ingredients together and pour over the chicken. Bake for 60 minutes, turning to completely coat the chicken every 15 minutes. (My sauce was adequately thick after 50 minutes.) If desired, serve over brown rice.

5. You can make additional sauce by adding all ingredients to a saucepan and simmering until thick. (Next time I will definitely do this and pour it over the veggies.)

Do you like Chinese food (authentic or “Americanized”)? What’s your favorite dish to order from a Chinese take-out joint?

38 Responses to “Sweet and Sour Chicken”

  1. I am so glad you liked this. Isn’t it great? My husband seriously requests it EVERY week. SO tasty. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Well…My husband doesn’t like this :(

    I have to make it while he’s at work…MORE FOR ME!

  3. Jessica says:

    I think this recipe is awesome! I like both types of Chinese food. I was recently introduced to authentic Chinese food as my boss is Chinese. I didn’t realize how different it is to what we call Chinese food!

  4. My daughter and I love Chinese food but my husband and son, not so much. I’ll have to try this some night when my guys won’t be home for dinner. It looks delicious!

  5. Tamara says:

    I made this for Easter dinner this year! Well, the sauce was slightly different, since it was supposed to be “orange chicken,” but the fry-and-bake procedure works wonders, doesn’t it?

  6. Great looking recipe! The eggwhite & cornstarch breading + pan-frying is one of my favorite ways to recreate deep-fried foods in a reasonably healthy way.

    I like pretty much any and all Asian-type foods – authentic or Americanized :)

  7. mmm this looks tasty!! Im bookmarking it! :) .

    I always love me some lo mein noodles–and I’d venture to say I prob like the Americanized version more!

  8. Jen says:

    I have made this before – even my husband loves it. I definitely make extra sauce for some baked cream cheese wontons that I usually whip up.
    I like most all Chinese foods, especially those with lots of veggies and those that are hot & spicy.

    • Katie says:

      Baked cream cheese wontons??? That sounds amazing!

      • Jen says:

        Mix some 1/3 fat cream cheese, a little pepper, garlic powder and some snipped chives; dollop a tablespoon full on a wonton wrapper. Wet the edges and press down. I spray my baking sheet with non-stick spray and then spray the wontons lightly. Bake at 400 for 5-7 minutes or until they start to lightly brown. Next time my husband wants me to chop up some shrimp or crab and mix with the cream cheese.

  9. Josie says:

    americanized. and i love crab rangoon and pretty much anything battered and fried! oh, and lo mein. :)

  10. This looks fantastic…and like something my kiddies might eat too!

    We don’t order Chinese often, but tend to go for Thai instead. I love fiery dishes with galangal, lemongrass and ginger. Simple ingredients but such a depth of flavours.

  11. This looks delicious! When I was young, sweet and sour chicken was the ONLY thing I would order at a Chinese restaurant! I don’t think I’ve eaten it in at least five years. Maybe ten.

    I’m not a huge Chinese takeout fan, but I do love dim sum! The plates are small, so you’re able to sample lots of dishes. :)

  12. Chinese food is my favorite food ever! I usually order either cashew chicken or orange peel shrimp! Oh and hot and sour soup!

  13. Nicole, RD says:

    I saw this recipe of Jess’s and I am so glad it gets your thumbs up. I’ll put it on the menu for next week! :) It does look delicious!

    I like egg foo yung and I think it’s pretty healthy if you don’t smother it in gravy. It’s made of egg, bean sprouts, and your choice of meat. Can’t really go wrong with that!

  14. HOLY MOLY!!! Yum! I’m so into sweet and sour chicken it’s crazy. I love that you rave about it because Daniel would just die if I made this for him, he’s in love with Chinese food! I’m not the biggest fan, but I definitely love a good sweet/savory combo and all the delicious Asian flavors! Thanks for the inspiration, love!

  15. oh drool…i really want chinese food now! it’s been waaaaaaaaaaay too long :)

  16. I just made this not that long ago and raved about it too! Holy, holy delicious!

    • Katie says:

      Yes, I had bookmarked the recipe before but then decided to go ahead and make it after reading about your experience! I should have linked back to your blog on this post, I’m sorry about that!

  17. Amy says:

    Hi! I just recently started following your blog and i really enjoy. I am totally making this for dinner tonight. When you say cook the chicken until browned, about how long? i dont want to dry it out!

    • Katie says:


      I’m so sorry I’m just responding to your comment now! It’s been a crazy day. On the off chance that you haven’t already made the chicken – I just did it until I could no longer see any pink on the outside. It might have been 1-2 minutes per side – not very long!

  18. Oh my goodness, it is gluten free. Score!

  19. Lisa says:

    That looks totally yummy!! I love PF Changs…I forget the name of the thing I order but it has shrimp and honeydew…it’s delicious. Moo Shu anything is great too. OK….guess you can tell I like Chinese..lol.

  20. whenever my family used to pick up chinese take out.. we all would get a whole bunch of sweet and sour chicken and sweet and sour stirfried veggies.. and sweet and sour rice. the combo is hard to beat!!

    ur version looks AMAZING <3 goooooood JOB

  21. I love making chinese food recipes and making them healthy. It tastes even better than the real thing (from the Chinese place)

  22. Kelly says:

    I had a love affair with Chinese in high school. I wanted it like every day. But not the healthy kind, the fatty Americanized kind. I don’t eat it much now, but your version of sweet and sour chicken looks so delicious. I feel a lot better about my eating choices when I eat the healthier version of Chinese food.

    • Katie says:

      Yes, it’s definitely possible to get the same great flavor but in a much healthier way when you cook at home!

  23. Ooh, that looks delicious – I wonder if I could do that with Seitan! I love Chinese food, especially garlic cashew broccoli or broccoli with peanut sauce!

    • Katie says:

      I’ve actually never tried working with Seitan (but I want to!) but I imagine it would work well! :)

  24. I love chinese food and just finished up some this week. I like all the bad stuff, general tso’s chicken is my favorite along with fried cheese wontons…!

    This recipe is right up my alley! Thanks for posting!

  25. Shawnee says:

    That dish looks amazing! I love chicken chowmein!

  26. holy moly – that does look so healthy and not to mention super delicious :) you just recreated my favorite take out food! yum!

  27. Simply Life says:

    oh my gosh, it would be a hit if I made this for my family -thanks for the great idea!

  28. christina says:

    nice recipe!! i don’t think i’ve ever had authentic chinese. :(

  29. Arielle says:

    Ooh wee!!! I’ve been craving Chinese but not the prices!

  30. Catching up on my google reader and just wanted to say I am totally making this! It looks so good!

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