Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Main Dishes · April 2, 2018

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of our family’s favorite Asian recipes! You can add pineapple and peppers and serve with rice or noodles to complete this flavorful dish!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Every year, at this time, I like to share a few Asian recipes in honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. Today’s recipe is for Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken. It’s simple and delicious and tastes like it came straight from the restaurant. We don’t go out to eat for Asian very often (since my husband doesn’t like it – crazy I know), so I’m really glad I have tasty recipes like this one that I can make from home!

The sweet and sour sauce is made with only a handful of ingredients that you probably already have on hand. It all comes together fairly quickly and then you just toss it in the oven to bake for 20 minutes. The hardest part is just patiently waiting for it to bake! But trust me, it is well worth the wait because the chicken comes out of the oven tasting DELICIOUS!! I can seriously eat it all by myself.

How to make Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Sauce

We’ve tried so many different sweet and sour sauce recipes in the past but feel like we’ve finally found our favorite version. Not only is it simple, but it’s so flavorful and works for any chicken or pork recipe or even as a dip for egg rolls or fried wontons. Here are the ingredients…

  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 TB cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup water

To make the sauce, combine pineapple juice, water, vinegar, sugars, salt, soy sauce and Ketchup in a medium pot and bring to a boil. From there, you thicken the sauce with cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup water stirring occasionally. Add any pineapple chunks or chopped peppers and you’re set. From here it’s perfect to pour over chicken or to use as a dip.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Other Sweet and Sour Chicken recipes tend to only fry the chicken after being covered in the egg and cornstarch batter. I’ve found that baking it helps thicken up the sauce more and make it even more flavorful. Between the consistency and the flavor, this recipe really is to die for! The savory chicken paired with sweet sauce, and complete with your favorite add-ins will make you want to never order takeout again!

We added pineapple chunks and bell peppers and served it on top of white rice. But you could easily add any of your favorite veggies like onions or snap peas, and then serve on top of brown rice or noodles, depending on what your family likes.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of our family's favorite Asian recipes! You can add pineapple and peppers and serve with rice or noodles to complete this flavorful dish!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 2395 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Pineapple Chunks
  • Chopped peppers

Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe:

  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 TB cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Rinse chicken in water and cut into 1 inch cubes. Place cornstarch and eggs in separate bowls.

  3. Toss several pieces of chicken into the cornstarch to coat and then dip them in the eggs.

  4. Set chicken pieces aside on a plate and repeat until all pieces have been coated.

  5. Heat ¼ cup oil in a large pan and cook your chicken for a few minutes on each side until they are slightly browned but not cooked all the way. Place the chicken in a greased 9x13 pan. Set aside.

  6. For the Sauce: Combine Pineapple juice, 2/3 cup water, vinegar, sugars, salt, soy sauce and Ketchup in a medium pot and bring to a boil.

  7. Thicken sauce with cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup water stirring occasionally. Add desired amount of pineapple chunks and any optional ingredients. Pour evenly over the chicken.

  8. Bake for half hour turning the chicken at 15 minutes. (NOTE: I like to leave a little sauce for dipping egg rolls or cream cheese wont tons. YUM!)

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2395 Calories from Fat 693
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 77g 118%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 708mg 236%
Sodium 4696mg 196%
Potassium 1902mg 54%
Total Carbohydrates 320g 107%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 173g
Protein 96g 192%
Vitamin A 22.4%
Vitamin C 15.5%
Calcium 14.8%
Iron 35.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here is our Sweet and Sour Pork version:


Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken

 

Recipe Notes:
  • If you’d rather not bake this chicken, you can just simmer it for about 20 minutes, being sure to stir occasionally.
  • We like to reserve a bit of the sweet and sour sauce in case we made Egg Rolls or Cream Cheese Wontons to use for dipping. Trust me – you’ll love it!
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    Liz

    Looks so good. Thank you.

    Jodi Jacobson

    I have had this chicken at Panda Express it is so good let me guess Lily is 6 years old or she could be 5

    Peak

    I’m confused. The intro says bake for an hour, but the recipe says 20 minutes. Which is it? I want to make this but need to know how long to plan for.

    Lisa

    The nutritional analysis for the sweet and sour chicken recipe says per serving it’s 2395 calories! The fat 77g, sodium 4696mg, carbs 320g, etc. These are obviously off the charts! I assume these must be for the entire recipe of 6 servings. Is that correct?

    Rebekah Rayner

    Another win! I’m so glad I found this blog site. I’ve tried this recipe and the 1-hour cinnamon roll recipes and they were both awesome! I’m very eager to try more.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Yay!! I am so glad! Keep trying them 🙂 Thank you so much for letting me know!

    Tina

    Made sweet and sour chicken wings with this recipe and the sauce is awesome! Love this recipe!

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