Favorite Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Recipe
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Favorite Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Recipe

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I first tasted this yummy dish at our friends' home. I immediately asked for the recipe, and we've enjoyed it ever since. But we call it "favorite chicken" at our house! —Lori Burtenshaw, Terreton, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sherry or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup cornstarch, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 428 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 571mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce, sherry or broth, salt, garlic powder and ginger; add the chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. Add enough water to juice to measure 1 cup. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, sugar and pineapple juice mixture until smooth; stir in vinegar, ketchup and remaining soy sauce. Set aside.
  3. Drain chicken and discard marinade. Place remaining cornstarch in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a large nonstick skillet or wok coated with cooking spray, stir-fry chicken in oil until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  4. Stir pineapple juice mixture and add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken and reserved pineapple; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Sweet and Sour Chicken in Healthy Cooking June/July 2008, p23

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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meerb98@aol.com User ID: 1368448 217131
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"I have made this dish several times over the years since I first saw it in healthy Cooking and my husband and father both enjoyed it. I have added green peppers and onions to the recipe if I have them on hand."

dvierzen User ID: 7402990 157882
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

"This one is a keeper. I added sauteed onions and bell peppers. Delicious!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 92410
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"Great! I added some stir fried green peppers and onions."

Bluetwinkie User ID: 6037851 95284
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"My family and I did not like this dish. We thought it was too sour and the ketchup flavor was too strong. Only 1 person out of 11 people loved it, everyone else thought it was either ok or couldn't finish it."

s_pants User ID: 174050 159097
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"A little too sweet for me, but my six and three year olds loved it except for the cooked pineapple. I like the idea of adding some sauteed onion and green pepper."

Straight Face User ID: 6944729 159556
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"Excellent recipe!! I made this for dinner and got so many compliments. Next time though, I would add the chicken just before you serve it. I added it too early and it got a little bit soggy"

KmMcK User ID: 4696823 157881
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"Did not like this. It was bitter and too sweet."

Helem User ID: 3356086 143323
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"I make this often. It is a favorite!"

flower224 User ID: 6443925 84291
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"Oh my goodness - this tastes so good! So much better than I thought. Better than take out! hahaha no tipping. I added/changed a couple things but this is a keeper! I used red wine instead of cider vinegar. I added 3/4 of a green pepper sauted with a dash of olive oil & 1 1/2 cups of frozen brocoili. I added the veg to the chicken and sauce at the very end. I topped the dishes after they were served with peanuts & a bit of sliced green peppers & toasted sesame seeds. Very kid friendly too - my three year old ate all of his small bowl full without any prompting :)"

FitnessLovingMom User ID: 6137477 143313
Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"This recipe is easy, Tasty, and looks great! I will make this again. Was fun to make! My family loved it!"

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