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sweet and sour chicken

Recipe by
Maggie M
In The Kitchen, OH

One of our favorite quick and delicious meals. It can be made ahead and frozen or simply kept in the fridge. A quick trip into the oven to warm the chicken and heat the sauce on the stovetop and done! You can use this same recipe but substitute the chicken for shrimp or pork - all 3 options are equally delicious.

yield 2 serving(s)
method Stove Top

Ingredients For sweet and sour chicken

  • 1
    chicken breast, skinned, boned and cut into chunks or
  • 2
    chicken thighs skinned, boned and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    oil - canola or peanut
  • 1 c
    ice water
  • 3 c
    oil - canola or peanut

How To Make sweet and sour chicken

  • 1
    Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, 1 tsp oil and ice water in bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • 2
    In a deep fryer or deep pot, heat oil to 325°F. Place chicken pieces in shallow bowl. Pour just enough batter over chicken pieces to coat. Add the coated chicken pieces to the hot oil in small batches and fry about 3 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove and drain. Repeat until remaining chicken pieces are cooked.
  • 3
    At this point you can double fry if desired - otherwise serve your chicken over noodles or rice and top with Sweet and Sour Sauce.
  • 4
    To Double Fry: Raise temperature of oil to 350-360°F. Put a batch of the cooked chicken pieces into the hot oil and fry until deep golden brown. Remove and drain. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces.