Easy Homemade Sweet & Sour Chicken

Stay healthy and skip take-out with this easy-to-make homemade sweet and sour chicken recipe.  The crunchiness and sweetness in this recipe is so tasty and addicting—it will leave you begging for more.

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make this popular Chinese restaurant dish right at home.  One of the reasons I love this homemade sweet and sour chicken is because it is healthier—I always feel better when I know what exactly goes into my food.  No additives or preservatives here!  Now that makes us happy 🙂

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This is not a new recipe for me…..I have been making this recipe for at least 20 years.  It’s a family favorite and I am so excited to be sharing it with you.  Whenever it was my birthday or special occasion when I was younger and I got to choose what was for dinner………more times than not I would choose this recipe.

This can easily be prepped the night before so that it makes for a quick weeknight meal.  You could cut the veggies and chicken the night before to save some time.  I love when I prepare for a recipe and it comes together easily.  Even if I make this on the weekend I still prep the veggies and chicken that morning.  It just makes everything go so smoothly.

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Feel free to add other veggies to this recipe like broccoli, bamboo shoots, snap peas etc.  I am vegetarian so I always bulk up on veggies for mine 🙂

This is so fresh and easy – you will love it.  If you add any veggies to yours and you love it….make sure to let me know.  I am always looking for awesome vegetarian versions.

Easy Homemade Sweet & Sour Chicken

Stay healthy and skip take-out with this easy-to-make homemade sweet and sour chicken recipe.  The crunchiness and sweetness in this recipe is so tasty and addicting—it will leave you begging for more.

Ingredients:

Batter

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 6 oz water

Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons soy sauce

Additional Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups peanut oil (this will make the chicken crispier)
  • 4 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks
  • 1 lb. cubed chicken
  • cooked basmati rice

Directions:

  1. Cook white basmati rice
  2. Combine all Sweet & Sour sauce ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. In a separate bowl combine 4 Tablespoons of corn starch and 1/4 cup water — once mixed thoroughly stir into the Sweet & Sour sauce.
  4. Stir constantly until the sauce thickens. It should take 3-5 minutes to thicken to the perfect consistency.
  5. In a separate skillet add a little peanut oil and briefly cook the veggies. You just want to cook them just a little bit so that they aren’t completely raw (about 3-4 minutes)
  6. Add veggies and pineapple to sauce and keep on warm temperature
  7. Now to prepare the chicken – combine the batter ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  8. Heat peanut oil to high temperature.
  9. Dip the pieces of chicken into the batter and cover them in the batter. After they are covered in batter, cook them for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown You may want to work in batches.
  10. When chicken is nice and crispy transfer to a plate lined with paper towels (to soak up any excess oil). Grab a plate and combine the white rice and chicken…..pour sweet & sour sauce on top. Pour as much as you want – it’s delicious!

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