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Sweet-Sour Chicken Dippers

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
    4 dozen appetizers

Ingredients

  • 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
  • BATTER:
  • 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

Directions

  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, tomatoes, vinegar, onion, green pepper, soy sauce, ginger and pineapple. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • 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.
  • For the batter, in a small bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and water until smooth.
  • 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.

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  • Jill
    Oct 9, 2017

    Best ever. My husband won't go to a Chinese restaurant anymore. Thank you for the recipe!

  • lpritzlaff
    Jan 8, 2013

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  • NB1148
    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!

  • kimheath
    Nov 20, 2011

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  • starfan
    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
    Oct 1, 2009

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

  • frankieb
    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
    Jul 15, 2009

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

  • waynepat
    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
    Jun 7, 2009

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