Sweet-Sour Chicken Dippers Recipe
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Sweet-Sour Chicken Dippers Recipe

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Meet the Cook: Since you can chop up all the ingredients the night before, this can be ready in about 30 minutes. So it's a great after-work dinner. You can also serve it as a snack or an appetizer...similar to chicken nuggets. I've even substituted quail for the chicken, and it was delicious. Next, I may try it with pork! -Kari Caven, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups cold water
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks


  1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, tomatoes, vinegar, onion, green pepper, soy sauce, ginger and pineapple. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cornstarch and the reserved pineapple juice until smooth; add to tomato mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  3. For the batter, in a small bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and water until smooth.
  4. In a deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Dip chicken pieces in batter; drop into oil and fry about 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and juices run clear. Serve immediately with sweet-sour sauce. Yield: 4 dozen appetizers.
Originally published as Sweet-Sour Chicken Dippers in Country Woman May/June 1999, p33

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NB1148 User ID: 5580906 70637
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2012

"My family loves this recipe. I normally add teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of soy sauce to the batter to give it a little more flavor. I also strain the sauce after it is made because my family doesn't like the chunks of vegetables in it. It is absolutely delicious!"

starfan User ID: 3371435 20435
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"Wonderful recipe. Tried in a frying pan and then a deep fryer and decided the only way to make these is using the deep fryer."

tammyhickman User ID: 2508752 33670
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"excellent recipe that the whole family really enjoyed! Even the one who doesn't like tomatoes!"

frankieb User ID: 1667031 33666
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2009

"I have made this several times. The chicken batter is amazing! We've used the batter with shrimp as well with great results."

starfan User ID: 3371435 72147
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2009

"Have made this twice to rave reviews. Sweet and sour sauce steals the show."

waynepat User ID: 1352809 72145
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"great recipe! The batter is good. I wouldn't use a different sweet and sour sauce because this suace is the best I've tasted."

anjlde User ID: 1410448 58800
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2009

"This is my familiis absolute favorite! We use a different sweet and sour sauce but the batter is perfect!!! Yummilicous!!"

fuzzywog User ID: 1823997 29423
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2008

"Wow what a winner! I have 4 kids and they all loved it! Next time i will try making homemade fried rice with it."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 72765
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"The dipping sauce is fantastic! I now whip up a batch of it instead of buying store-bought sweet and sour sauce."

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