Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

 Sweet and Sour Chicken

Tonight I was in the mood for Chinese and decided to make some sweet and sour chicken. This recipe is by far the best sweet and sour chicken I have ever tasted, nothing compares. I tried this at multiple buffets and none of them were even close to this good, maybe I should have given them this recipeJ? Sweet and sour chicken is deep-fried breaded white meat chicken, coated or served with sweet and sour sauce. If you don’t know anything about the sauce, don’t worry because this article includes an amazing recipe for sweet and sour sauce as well! What really makes this recipe stand out from others or the buffets are the fruits and vegetables that go in it. We are tossing a generous amount of pineapple, green peppers, tomatoes, and onions into this dish. If you try this and like it, stay on the look out for my sweet and sour pork recipe coming soon. Enjoy.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” cubes)
  • Flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • Oil
  • 3 firm tomatoes (cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 2 onions (cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 1 green pepper (cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 1 can pineapple chunks (reserve juice for sauce)

Sweet and Sour Sauce-

  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1.  Mix egg yolks and soy sauce with a bit of water. Roll the chicken in flour, egg, and then flour again. Deep fry the chicken in batches for 2-3 minutes, and drain on paper towels.
  2. Stir fry pepper and onions for about 1 minute so they are still crisp and colored. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Make sweet and sour sauce by mixing vinegar, sugar, salt, orange juice, pineapple juice, and ketchup. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Mix 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch in 1/8 cup of juice and stir in until thickened.
  4.  Add tomato and pineapple chunks to the sauce and heat thoroughly. Pour mixture gently over chicken. Pour your peppers and onions on and serve. (best served while chicken bits are crispy and vegetables are crunchy still)

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69 Responses to “Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe”

  1. Cathy — March 4, 2011 @ 4:33 pm


  2. kamila — April 19, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    can i add other vegetables to it or will it be to much? i was thinking like mushrooms,red pepper?

  3. Bobby — April 21, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    kamila – You can add whatever veggies you want to this recipe.

  4. Leah — July 15, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    Hello, I made this exact recipe the other night with my partner, and despite the mess we made we loved the dish but with a few different ingredients. I added carrots. The only problem I had with the recipe is the sauce, two tablespoons of cornstarch was too much and it made the sauce way to thick. Not too waste any of the ingredients, we decided to fix it by adding more of everything and it turned out perfect.

    For future reference 4 tbsp of cornstarch is enough to thicken three times more of the rest of the ingredients (ie. 1andhalf c of vinegar, 1c sugar,3/4c of pineapple juice, etc..).

    Next time we’re going to make more chicken then vegetables, as the rest of his family loved it! Best served with rice.

  5. Jessica — July 24, 2011 @ 11:05 am


    I’m going to try cooking this for a VERY picky eater who loves Sweet and Sour chicken. I know for a fact there’s no chance he’ll eat it if I include the fruits and veggies. Do you think this recipe will still taste like regular sweet & sour chicken without your additions?

    Thanks! I love your website.

  6. Martin — October 14, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    Hi Bobby, thak you so much for the recipi i have been wanting to make this dish for years only never came around to do in have eaten it several times on the other side of the world, hwever this recipi is exactly the same taste as the dish i loved during my vacation. thax again.

  7. Sana — October 30, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Thank you for this perfect recipe, I have tried it and it is very very perfect, I love it 🙂

  8. Gwen — November 3, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    This was delicious!!!! My family loved it. It wasn’t greasy like most sweet & sour chicken. I will definately make this again!!! I will look for more recipes from Bobby. This was really easy to make and fast. Love it!

  9. Amanda — November 28, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    I cooked this recipe last night. Im a rookie when it comes to cooking and this was a no-fail recipe! The photos definetly did help and it was delicious! My family isnt a fan of tomatoes so we substituted them for yellow pepper. 10-10. Although next time I will definetly serve over rice, the flavor is delicious but a white rice would compiment it nicely, as the flavours are very sweet.

  10. Joyce — November 29, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    Thank you so much for the Sweet and Sour Chicken receipe. It is awesome !! I had never made any of this from scratch but tried it and it was a big hit with my family. They said it was better than the Chinese place. Thanks again.

  11. Jayne — January 18, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    I’m so glad I stubbled across you website – Made this last night and I can’t believe my fussy husband and children LOVED IT…..thank you for making everything look so easy.

  12. Stacie — March 31, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    How many servings does this recipe serve, and do we NEED the pineapple juice?

  13. Bobby — March 31, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

    Stacie- this will probably serve about 6. You could try leaving out the pineapple juice but I am not sure how it will turn out. If you try it please let everyone know the results.

  14. karen — April 14, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    Just delicious!!!!

  15. Alma M — June 26, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    After trying your orange chicken recipe,which my family and I enjoy greatly(and make often), I had high hopes for your sweet and sour chicken recipe. I made it last night and my husband said it tasted like ketchup without even knowing that was one of the ingredients. Personally I thought the flavor of the ketchup was overbearing and even unnecessary and made the sauce taste well, like ketchup. I will try to omit it next time and see how it tastes that way. Anyway, thank you for sharing–will definitively try your other Asian recipes.

  16. Blake H — August 20, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    Thanks so much Bobby I love going to Chinese buffets to only grab the rice and sweet and sour chicken it has a very smooth breading in which I love I’ll be cooking this tonight hopefully it turns out great since im a new cook thanks again!

  17. Meredith@GreenGlobalTravel — April 6, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  18. YvetteB — January 7, 2015 @ 1:16 am

    Hi, I have tried and tried to make Sweet and Sour Anything. Tired of the same old same old. Nothing to write home about.So I gave up finding a good recipe. Time went by, still no good recipe.then I came across this recipe. Can I tell you that is the best Sweet and Sour that I have ever eaten. Hubby went back for seconds. Its nothing like the restaurants have or even the ones in the strip mall. Very simple to make.I dearly love pineapples in so i added more.One thing that I changed was the chicken.I didn’t have chicken breast so I used turkey instead. Came out Perfect.Going to sisters house in TN, Guess what I’m bring if hubby can leave it alone till we get there. I will defiantly recommend this. So good. Better than the restaurants.

  19. Meegan — September 7, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

    Thank you for actually including tomatoes in this dish! I’ve been looking everywhere for a recipe like this one and I am so happy to have found it, now I can’t wait to try it out.

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