Here is an easy sweet and sour chicken recipe you can use to make a quick and easy dinner at home! This sweet and sour chicken is a quick and inexpensive dinner recipe and kids and families love it! It’s much cheaper than eating out and you can make dinner for $5 for the entire family! You can find this recipe in volume 1 of our Dining On A Dime Cookbook.
Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe
- Yield: 1 1/4 cups
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp. flour or cornstarch
2 Tbsp. white vinegar
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
3/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup reserved pineapple juice
1 can pineapple chunks (optional)
- Mix the brown sugar and flour in a saucepan.
- Add the rest of the ingredients except the pineapple.
- Heat and stir until it boils and thickens.
Great with pork or chicken. Makes 1 1/4 cups of sweet and sour sauce.
Sweet And Sour Chicken Recipe
3–4 chicken breasts cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Place the cornstarch in one bowl.
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
- Dip the chicken into the cornstarch and then dip into the eggs. Place on a baking sheet.*
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Pour 1/2 the sweet and sour sauce over the chicken in the last 15 minutes of baking and finish baking. Use remaining sweet and sour sauce to dip chicken when serving.
If you like, for a little extra flavor and color, you can also lightly saute your choice of veggies like bell peppers, chunks of white onions and carrots and add them to the sweet and sour chicken at the end, pouring a little extra sauce over the top when the veggies are added.I don’t usually add them because the kids don’t like them, but the veggies can definitely add a little pizazz!
*If you prefer, instead of baking you can fry these in a little oil until cooked through.
This easy sweet and sour chicken recipe is from volume 1 of our cookbook:
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Looks great! I can not wait to bite into this!! Blessings, grace in vt
I need to try this recipe. It looks amazing!
patti from Lynn Ma/Boston Strong
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I would like to make this but daughter has an egg allergy. Could I just leave that part of the recipe out and it be ok?
You could maybe try it without the egg. What I would do is just try one piece and fry it up and see what happens. If you use egg substitute for her then you could maybe use that too.
Can you just do the sweet and sour sauce and put it on rice and not use meat
Yes you can Cheri
Can I replace the Chicken with Pork? My grandson loves Sweet and Sour Pork, instead.
Yes you can
Making this tonight! Got my cookbook in today! I’m so excited! I’m serving it with chow mein from a ramen pack with frozen mixed veggies. Can’t wait!
Chicken did not look like picture!!!
That is what I’m looking for!!!!
There are thousands of people in the world who all cook differently using different pans, stoves and methods of doing things so the chances of yours looking like the picture are slim especially if you are making a recipe for the first time. Trust me my first pie recipe when I made it did not look like the recipe at all. Even the oil to cook things can make the color different. If it tastes good I would not worry about it being “picture perfect” – I use the same makeup as the models in magazines but I can assure I don’t look like them and if you would see them in person they don’t look like that either. I can’t believe that with all that is going on in the world that someone has nothing better to do than to worry about and get upset about is your chicken not looking like the picture.
Lol lol what a great answer!
Is that correct: dip in cornstarch FIRST, then egg, then bake?
I’m trying to figure out how that would not make a baked eggy mess..
I absolutely love sweet and sour chicken and want to make this so bad!! I just want to make sure I’m reading that correctly.
Yes Mary it is. Many recipes call for you to dip something in flour first then the egg when you deep fat fry or in this case baking. It helps the egg (and sometimes egg and milk mix) to adhere to the item better.
When is the best time to add pineapple chunks? I’m going to make this tonight for my family. Can’t wait to try it.
Leanne you can add the chunks right before serving – long enough to just warm them up.