Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple


I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I combined two of my favorite recipes. Crispy fried chicken in an Asian sweet and sour sauce.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cubed

  • ¼ cup shoyu (soy sauce)

  • ½ cup oil for frying, or as needed

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch, divided

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 1 cup water, divided

  • ½ cup white vinegar

  • ½ large yellow onion, cut into chunks

  • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained

  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into chunks


  1. Combine chicken and soy sauce in a glass or ceramic bowl and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  2. Remove chicken from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade.

  3. Heat oil in a large wok to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. While the oil is heating, whisk flour, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and black pepper together in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in flour mixture.

  5. Fry chicken in batches in the hot oil until golden brown and crispy and no longer pink in the centers, 5 to 8 minutes per batch. Remove to a plate.

  6. Discard any oil remaining in the wok. Return the wok to medium-high heat and add sugar, 1/2 cup water, and vinegar. Heat through, stirring frequently until sugar dissolves. Add onion and continue cooking for 1 minute.

  7. Meanwhile, mix remaining cornstarch into remaining 1/2 cup water and stir until completely mixed. Add to vinegar mixture in the pan along with pineapples and bell pepper chunks. Continue cooking until sauce thickens and bell peppers are just cooked, about 3 minutes. Add chicken and toss to coat.

Cook's Note:

To give it more of a restaurant look, add red food coloring to the sauce before you add the chicken.

Editor's Notes:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of soy sauce. The actual amount of soy sauce consumed will vary.

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

318 Calories
7g Fat
48g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 318
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 648mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 27mg 133%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 265mg 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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