Sweet and Sour Chicken

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One of my favorites! Insanely easy and quick to put together, and you can feed several people. And then those people will be full and happy and like you a lot.

My friend Cher made this years ago for one of our LOST nights and I've been making it ever since. She got the original recipe here, but I've modified it through the years and I'll be giving additional suggestions for substitutions and tweaking it to fit your tastes.

Feeds: 4-6
Time: 45 minutes to an hour
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Step 1: Gather yourself some ingredients.

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For the chicken:
  • 1 lb of chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
For the veggies/fruits:
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • pineapple chunks
For the sauce:
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 8 oz can pineapple chunks - you'll use 1/4 cup of the juice (No pineapple? See the note below.)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar - add more as needed to suit your tastes
If you're not a fan of pineapple or happen to have none around, you can substitute 1/8 cup lemon juice and 1/8 cup orange juice. I actually prefer using the lemon/orange mixture for the sauce, but I love the pineapple chunks in the dish.

  • 1 cup rice (I like jasmine)
  • 1 3/4 cup water

Step 2: Prep chicken.

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In a medium bowl, whisk together an egg white, 2 tsp of cornstarch and 1/2 tsp salt.

Add your chicken and stir until everything is well coated.

You'll let this sit for about 15 minutes while you get everything else prepped.

Step 3: Make the sweet and sour sauce.

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Combine 1/4 cup pineapple juice (or equal parts lemon and orange juice), 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup ketchup and 1 tbsp brown sugar.

Whisk these together until well combined and taste.

Want it more sweet? Add a little more sugar. More sour? Add more vinegar.
It tastes amazing.
Notherjack2 years ago
Good 'ible! I like the variation with the orange and lemon. I'll have to try this it looks so easy.
jgafford3 years ago
I just made this and shared it with my whole family, per their request, and WOW is it good! Thanks for the recipe!
MsJaxFla3 years ago
I love this recipe. And great timing to my thinking as well as the otjhers. I have not made Sweet N Sour in a long time. I also sometimes used to use pork tenderloin or beef. I am weird about liking twice as much sauce. Oh yeah, since I am usually a bit broke... I buy one red bell pepper, one yellow and one green for color. And/or one red, one green and slice a carrot into sticks to save some money cause here in Jax they are so expensive. This makes a beautiful dish for company. This is a great "budget but fancy" dish. Thank you for the recipe and reminder.
ninetes3 years ago
It looks delicious. :)
This would make a great bento box :)
That looks delicious and very fancy!
sunshiine3 years ago
Perfect timing Jessy! When I was visiting my daughter her friend used to make sweet and sour chicken strips. I have not made it in a long time so I forgot the recipe. I recently sent her a message requesting it. She said she would send it but she is pretty busy right now. I will try this to hold me over! Who knows maybe this one will be even better! Thanks for sharing.