Kid-Approved Sweet and Sour Chicken Sauce


Serve this sweet and sour dipping sauce with chicken nuggets and rice for an easy lunch or dinner that tastes just like takeout! This recipe is very forgiving and allows for substitutions. It makes enough for four kids, double it up for a family dinner. You can substitute a can of orange soda for the pineapple juice.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple, drained and juice reserved

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped (Optional)


  1. Stir reserved pineapple juice, sugar, ketchup, and vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat until blended, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Whisk water and cornstarch in a bowl until cornstarch is dissolved; stir into pineapple juice mixture.

  3. Stir pineapple and carrots into the sauce; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

284 Calories
0g Fat
73g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 284
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 66g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 282mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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