Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Sweet and Sour Chicken

5 from 56 reviews

You can pull this Sweet and Sour chicken together in about thirty minutes. It is a tasty dish all by itself but you can serve it over rice or Chinese noodles.



  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 lbs chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 23 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion large dice
  • 1 green pepper seeded large dice
  • 1 red pepper seeded large dice
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple large dice
  • 2 pinches crushed red pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: Cooked Rice or Chinese noodles


  1. In small saucepan combine pineapple juice, water, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. On low heat simmer until thickened; whisking frequently. Cover and remove from heat.
  2. In large Ziploc bag combine chicken and 1/3 cup cornstarch. Shake until coated. Heat vegetable oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken; shaking any access cornstarch off the chicken. Cook until nicely browned on all sides and cooked through; about 4-5 minutes. Reduce heat if needed so chicken does not over brown or stick to the pan. Remove chicken to plate.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add peppers to skillet and cook for additional 2-3 minutes stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low; add chicken back to pan with peppers and onions and cook for 1 minute. Add sauce to skillet, pineapple, crushed red pepper and salt to taste. Gently stir to combine and heat until warmed. Serve over cooked rice or Chinese noodles.


  • Cut your chicken into small bite size pieces so that they cook all way through when browned.
  • Cook the sweet and sour sauce until it is slightly thickened as it will thicken more upon cooling.
  • Use fresh bell peppers and when seasonably possible fresh pineapple.
  • This dish should be served immediately so the chicken and peppers remain a little crunchy and crisp. Therefore do not mix it all together until you are ready to eat.
  • I love pineapple but it can quickly overpower this dish so don’t get carried away.
  • If using fresh pineapple be aware that it contains the enzyme bromelain, which breaks down protein.  Hence this recipe makes an awesome first meal but it is not great for leftovers unless you plan accordingly and separate the pineapple from the chicken.  Or simply make a half recipe.

Keywords: Chinese sweet and sour chicken, how to make sweet and sour chicken, sweet and sour chicken with pineapple

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