Sweet and sour chicken recipe


Sweet and sour chicken -skip the take out and make this delicious recipe at home! The sauce is to die for. My family absolutely loves this sweet and sour chicken!

sweet and sour chicken recipe

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I am so excited to share this sweet and sour chicken recipe that my family absolutely loves. My whole family is a fan (even the kids). This recipe will definitely be going in your “favorites file.”


I have to admit… I’m usually not a huge fan of Chinese food when we go out because I am super picky about meat, but I love making it at home. This yummy recipe came from my friend Alison, however I added in a few of my favorite spices and loved the end result! The homemade sauce is what really takes this recipe over the top. If you’re in a hurry you could always use store bought too.sweet and sour chicken

That sauce on top is heavenly. So good!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Video

Tips for making sweet and sour chicken

  • Prep the chicken and seasoning ahead of time. Use a zip top bag for easy clean up.
  • To test if the oil is hot enough, splash a little water on the oil. If it pops it’s ready.
  • Use tongs and a oven safe mit when flipping the chicken.
  • Double the sauce if you’d like extra for dipping the chicken in.

Baked sweet and sour chicken recipe

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Sweet and sour chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: sweet and sour chicken, sweet and sour chicken recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 563 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

Sweet and sour chicken -skip the take out and make this delicious recipe at home! The sauce is to die for. My family absolutely loves this sweet and sour chicken! 




  • 1 lb chicken cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 large eggs whisked
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

*Sweet and sour sauce:*

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup + 1 TB rice vinegar distilled vinegar will work too
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce


  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. Place the chicken, corn starch, salt, pepper and garlic salt in a large ziplock bag and shake until the chicken is evenly coated.
  3. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture and place in the frying pan with a fork. I did half the batch first. Fry both sides of the chicken for about 2 minutes a piece and place chicken on the pan. Dispose of the burnt oil and then heat up the rest of the oil and finish the chicken.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 325°F. In a medium size bowl whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce. Next you’ll pour the sauce over the chicken and bake for 20 minutes. Pull the chicken out and flip the chicken to evenly coat it with sauce. Then bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve with steamed rice and vegetables. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and sour chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 563 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 1043mg 43%
Potassium 221mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Sugars 36g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

So so good! I cannot wait to make this recipe again and again.

Homemade sweet and sour sauce -tastes amazing on this chicken!

So have you tried making sweet and sour chicken at home? Give it a try! It’s a little bit of work… but SO worth it! Your family will love you even more. ;)