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Favorite Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 428 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 571mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein.
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  • meerb98
    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.

  • dvierzen
    May 5, 2014

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

  • justmbeth
    Aug 18, 2013

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

  • Bluetwinkie
    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.

  • desertrose62802
    Feb 9, 2013

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  • s_pants
    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.

  • Straight Face
    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

  • KmMcK
    Oct 25, 2012

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

  • Helem
    Sep 7, 2012

    I make this often. It is a favorite!

  • zegunism
    Jul 30, 2012

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