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sweet and sour chicken

Recipe by
Beth Pierce
Ofallon, MO

This one skillet Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe brings crunchy pan fried chicken together with sweet bell peppers and pineapple in a lightly sweetened sauce. It is a family favorite and comes together in about thirty minutes.

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For sweet and sour chicken

  • 1/4 c
    fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 1/4 lb
    chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/3 c
  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    medium onion large dice
  • 1
    green pepper seeded large dice
  • 1
    red pepper seeded large dice
  • 1 1/2 c
    fresh pineapple large dice
  • 2 pinch
    pinches crushed red pepper
  • salt to taste
  • cooked rice or chinese noodles

How To Make sweet and sour chicken

  • 1
    n 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 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 3-4 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, red pepper and salt to taste. Gently stir to combine and heat until warmed. Serve over cooked rice or Chinese noodles.