Sweet-Sour Chicken Nuggets Recipe
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Sweet-Sour Chicken Nuggets Recipe

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"Everyone loves this meal, particularly our grandchildren," says Arlene Best of East Ridge, Tennessee. Frozen breaded chicken and canned pineapple make this dish a snap to prepare, and its sweet tangy taste keeps them asking for more.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup pancake syrup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 20 pieces breaded chicken nuggets, thawed
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1-1/2 each) equals 473 calories, 20 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 1170 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute green pepper and onion in oil until crisp-tender; remove and keep warm. Add the broth, syrup, vinegar and soy sauce to the skillet; bring to a boil.
  2. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. Combine cornstarch and juice until smooth; gradually add to broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Add chicken nuggets; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the pineapple and sauteed vegetables; heat through. Serve over rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Sweet-Sour Chicken Nuggets in Quick Cooking July/August 2001, p20

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Quick and easy. Great for a quick meal on busy night. The kids just love this, even my picky daughter."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"After reading all the glowing reviews, I looked forward to making this with 2 of my grandchildren, ages 14 and 12. The recipe was easy enough for us to do together and used few ingredients. However, we felt the pancake syrup added a rather strong maple flavor to the sauce."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"I'm reviewing this again three years after my first review! I have to eat gluten free these day so I hadn't made this in awhile. Aldi grocery store had gluten free nuggets today and I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Luckily I had all the pantry staples. Also know if you follow a gf diet soy sauce is a nono. You need to get San J tamari gf soy sauce. I also didn't sautee any veggies this time just added thawed stirfry veggies. It is still so yummy, I make this anytime I get gluten free nuggets- about a few times a year."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"I never thought chicken nuggets could taste so good. Very easy and tasty."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"My family really liked it. It was easy to cook, even the store bought chicken nuggets weren't that bad in it : ) I'll definately make this meal again!"

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