Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs


A delicious sweet and sour sauce simply made with ketchup, sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce is baked into breading of fried chicken thighs. Most often requested recipe of my family. Worth the effort every time. Serve over white rice.

breaded chicken thighs in cast iron pan
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr



  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 cup cornstarch

  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt

  • 8 (5 ounce) bone-in chicken thighs

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or as needed

  • 1 pinch onion salt, or to taste

  • 1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste


  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Prepare chicken: Place beaten eggs in a shallow bowl. Combine cornstarch and garlic salt in a second shallow bowl.

  3. Dip chicken in egg, then press in cornstarch mixture to coat.

  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in hot oil until brown on all sides, sprinkling with onion salt, garlic salt, and pepper while frying, 3 to 5 minutes. Place browned chicken in a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

  5. Make sauce: Combine sugar, vinegar, ketchup, and soy sauce in a bowl. Pour sauce over chicken.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 40 to 60 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center near the bone should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

450 Calories
13g Fat
56g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 450
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 1028mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 21%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 306mg 7%

* 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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