Sweet and Sour Chicken

We’ve been on a little bit of a seafood binge lately. Between all the crab related dishes, and that bag of clams – I feel like we haven’t had a chance to have any landlubber favorites. So, when I came across this dish on Pinterest last week, I knew I couldn’t wait a whole week to make it – and rearranged my menu plans a bit to accommodate having this for dinner one evening.

I have so many take-out favorites that I make here at home, but sweet & sour chicken was one that’d I’d not gotten around to trying out in my own kitchen. Which is surprising, because it’s one of our favorites to order. But so often it’s disappointing. The dreaded tub of orange sauce and some frozen breaded chicken pieces – and I just paid $8 for this? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

The chicken pieces are lightly breaded in cornstarch (which is great for maintaining crispiness) and quickly fried. They are then layered with red and green peppers and fresh pineapple on a baking sheet, and doused with an awesome sweet and sour sauce that’s made from ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. The whole thing goes into the oven for a bit to finish up cooking and merry all those delicious flavors together. Served over a bed of rice, with a green vegetable – like snow peas or steamed broccoli, it’s a delicious dinner that you can feel good about serving to your family. And chances are, it also kicks the pants off of any sweet & sour chicken you’ve had in the past!


  1. sue
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM | Permalink

    God I love you. This will be great for first day of school dinner. Seriously, this is one of our favorite dishes when we eat out.

  2. TrishaLynn
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM | Permalink

    This looks yummy….but I see Soy Sauce in the picture but not in the recipe. Just making sure something isn’t missing before I make this 🙂

    • Posted August 19, 2013 at 7:06 PM | Permalink

      It’s not in the recipe, but I added a splash on top of my portion.

  3. Posted August 19, 2013 at 9:20 PM | Permalink

    This sounds divine. I like Chinese food but never even think to go to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. I think it is because I am scared of the bloat factor from the insane amount of sodium in the food. 🙂

  4. Posted August 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM | Permalink

    Love this! It’s my favorite take-out dish, but now I must make it at home!

  5. Am
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM | Permalink

    Delicious! I’ve been waiting to make this, and finally did. I always cut back on sugar in recipes, and I feel that if I would have used a cup and a half of sugar it would have been too sweet. Just a suggestion for those that don’t like things to sweet. Thank you for sharing your recipe, it was wonderful!!

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