Sweet-and-Sour Popcorn Chicken Recipe
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Sweet-and-Sour Popcorn Chicken Recipe

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Pre-cooked, frozen popcorn chicken simmered in a thick, homemade sweet-and-sour sauce is the secret to this fast and fabulous entree. And what a great way to dress up frozen chicken nuggets! “This is one menu you’ll find yourself returning to again and again,” suggests Amy Corlew-Sherlock from Lapeer, Michigan.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen popcorn chicken

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 429 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 1,150 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry green pepper and onion in oil for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain pineapple, reserving the juice in a 2-cup measuring cup; set pineapple aside. Add enough water to the juice to measure 1-1/3 cups; stir in the vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup.
  2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in pineapple juice mixture until smooth. Gradually add to the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in pineapple and heat through.
  3. Meanwhile, microwave chicken according to package directions. Stir into pineapple mixture. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Sweet-and-Sour Popcorn Chicken in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p19

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 429 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 1,150 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein.

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

I made these for a group of friends last night who were just hanging out and they devoured them. I definitely prepped before I started cooking though and I put the chicken in the oven not the microwave to give them a crispier texture. Absolutely delicious!

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

I love this recipe. The sauce is wonderful!! The only thing about this recipe to be aware of is to prep everything before you start to cook. I'm a prep as I go cook and that was a little difficult with this recipe.

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

This is really excellent and a creative way to use popcorn chicken. Way tastier than take out. My husband and kids loved it! I will add this to anytime we want a Chinese food night.

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

This was so delicious! And so easy to make! Tasted like the real thing! :)

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

I love this recipe. I have made it for years and we absolutely love it. It's as good as take out!

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