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Favorite Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Recipe

Favorite Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Favorite Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

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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."

Reviewed May. 5, 2014

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

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

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

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."

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."

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"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

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

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

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

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 :)"

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!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"Wow, this was surprisingly easy. My husband and I loved it; the kids did not. I will definitely keep this recipe for those rare occasions that we have no kids."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"Love, love, love it. My husband usually doesn't like sweet and sour recipes but he said "it's a keeper!""

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"I made this chicken tonight and I was skeptical but it turned out delicious.

I would definitely share this recipe with others."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I loved it!!! Really yummy!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"The sweet and sour sauce came out wonderfully, but the chicken was a little too salty for my liking. With a little tweaking of the marinade, this recipe will be perfect."

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"Loved it! I will definitely be making it again!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"The perfect weeknight meal - tasty, easy, and filling!"

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"I have made this several times and everyone enjoys it. I add green pepper and pineapple tidbits instead of pineapple chunks. Sometimes I substitute pork for the chicken. My mother-in-law, who will be 98 in December, asks for this made with pork for her birthday dinner."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"I love sweet and sour chicken, so I was ecstatic to find such a delicious version! Has become a favorite!"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"This recipe is great, and it is so easy. I make it all the time. I also double the recipe because we like seconds."

Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"My boys really liked this recipe. The hubby isn't fond of pineapple chunks, but does like their flavor, so he just picked through the sauce a little bit. But he told me he enjoyed it otherwise. This is a definite repeat recipe! Ü"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"Our family loves this recipe ! It's better than any take-out ! We always double the recipe because everyone wants seconds!"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2009

"I think this recipe is fabulous. It's easy, and it satisfies my Chinese takeout cravings! And my husband loves it, so it's a staple dinner at our house."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2008

"I was doubtful when I saw the ketchup, but I must admit it was rather close to the dishes served in Chinese food restaurants. I added a green bell pepper and small onion to the recipe, and it tasted great!

I didn't quite like the chicken marinade though. The chicken came out a little strange tasting, and the ginger was a bit too strong."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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