Sweet and Sour Chicken has the most delicious crispy chicken with chunks of onion, bell pepper and pineapple in a homemade sweet and sour sauce.

Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken has the most delicious crispy chicken with chunks of onion, bell pepper and pineapple in a homemade sweet and sour sauce. Serve on top of rice for a quick weeknight dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword sweet and sour
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 375 kcal
Author TipBuzz



  • large chicken thighs  boneless and skinless
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2  cups flour
  • egg beaten
  • tablespoon oil
  • 1 ¼  cups water
  • 3-4  cups vegetable oil for frying depending on the size of your pan

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1/2  cup sugar
  • ¼  cup rice vinegar  or white vinegar
  • teaspoon minced garlic
  • tablespoon soy sauce low sodium recommended
  • 1/4  cup ketchup
  • tablespoons cornstarch
  • tablespoons water


  • red bell pepper  cut into 1" pieces
  • green bell pepper  cut into 1" pieces
  • medium yellow onion  cut into 1" pieces
  • cup pineapple chunks  fresh or canned
  • tablespoon oil


  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cornstarch, flour and salt. Add the egg, 1 tablespoon oil and water. Whisk until smooth. The mixture will be thick like pancake batter.

  3. Add the chicken cubes to the mixture and marinate for about 60 minutes in the refrigerator.

  4. Heat the oil to 350˚F in a deep-fryer or deep saucepan. Add the marinated chicken cubes in batches and deep fry them for about 5 minutes or until golden and crispy.

  5. Remove to the rack with a slotted spoon. Repeat for the remaining chicken pieces.

  6. Heat a skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon oil.

  7. Add onion, bell peppers and pineapple to the pan. Sauté for 2 - 4 minutes until slightly softened.

  8. Add the sauce ingredients: garlic, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup. Bring to a simmer.

  9. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and water.

  10. Slowly stir it into the pan. Simmer for about 2 minutes or until the sauce is thick enough to coat the vegetables.

  11. Add in the cooked chicken pieces and stir to coat evenly with the sauce. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

1. It’s best to remove the chicken marinade from the fridge 15 minutes before deep-frying so that your chicken will be close to room temperature. It prevents the oil temperate from dropping dramatically when chicken is added.

2. Taste test your sweet and sour sauce before you add the cornstarch and water mixture. Add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter flavor and add more vinegar if you like a more sour flavor.

3. For a lighter variation, stir-fry using 2 tablespoons of oil instead of 2 cups. Alternatively, you can also bake the breaded chicken on a baking sheet at 350°F for 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 321mg 13%
Potassium 737mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 24g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 18.2%
Vitamin C 47.6%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.