Sweet and Sour Chicken

by Melissa on January 18, 2009

After reading rave reviews about this recipe here, here and here, I immediately added it to our menu for last week. I am so glad I did! This is so much better than Chinese take-out. The chicken has a bit of a crust on it, but since it is baked, it is not at all greasy. The sauce adds a great sweet and sour flavor, so much so that I took the recipes suggestion and made an extra batch to serve over rice. We had this with “stir-fry” mixed vegetables.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

  • Chicken:
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Cut boneless chicken breasts into chunks. Season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken in cornstarch and then in egg. Fry in a little oil until brown but not cooked through. Place in a single layer in a baking dish. Mix sauce ingredients (below) together and pour over chicken.

  • Sauce:
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • ½ cup vinegar ( I used rice wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

Bake for one hour at 325 degrees. Turn chicken every 15 minutes. If you like extra sauce, make another batch of sauce and bring it to a boil on the stove top. Stir constantly and let cook over medium heat until thickened and reduced – about 6-8 minutes.

Source: My Kitchen Cafe.

I am also submitting this to Joelen’s Wine and Dine: Chinese New Year Event!

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snooky doodle January 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm

NICE DISH!! I LOVE IT BUT I’VE NEVER TRIED MAKING IT MYSELF. NOW I LL TRY IT :) THANKS

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Jaime January 18, 2009 at 9:10 pm

looks so authentic! i may have to try this

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Joelen January 19, 2009 at 11:21 am

Looks delicious! If you’d like me to include your recipe & blog in my upcoming Chinese New Year round up, please let me know! :)

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stacy October 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Thank you for this recipe! it was so good I made it and I really enjoyed it,

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a girl July 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm

do u bake on the stove or oven?

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Melissa July 5, 2010 at 9:23 pm

You pan fry the chicken on the stove, then finish baking in the oven. Good luck!

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Peter December 24, 2010 at 6:36 am

Was a bit dubious about the batter when I strated, but it turned out AWESOME! Thanks a million…great recipe

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Kemmy December 25, 2010 at 11:52 am

Thank You for this recipe!!!! i tried it and it was a success :)

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binky March 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

My family loves this recipe!

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rhododendron April 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Is it possible to replace the ketchup with tomato sauce?

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Melissa April 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I personally would not, but you could certainly try!

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Jeni July 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Amazing. Comes out perfectly coated every time. The best recipie to make sweet’n’sour chicken

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Laurie Nalle September 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

This is the second time I’ve made this…yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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Floyd September 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

Duuuude! wicked recipe man. Turned out excellent.Thanks a bunch.

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kortney January 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

i think im gunna make this tonight i just love chineess food it is my favorite food

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Pat October 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

Sooooo good…..I tried this yesterday. I didn’t have garlic salt so I used fresh garlic and it turned out great…..Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!!!! Much better than from a restaurant, I must say!!!!

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Barbara April 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I made this chicken tonight… totally amazing!!! im always looking
for that perfect recipe.. THIS IS IT.

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