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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 Jan. 27, 2015

"Delicious! I made this exactly as written and served it with the Fried Rice and Egg Drop Soup from the same reader."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"I love this recipe, it tastes just like take out but I know what ingredients are going into the meal. I do prefer using cooked cubed chicken as opposed to the breaded popcorn chicken. I need to make this again! It's great!!"

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."

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