Sweet and Sour Chicken


This sweet and sour chicken recipe features cubes of crispy chicken served with a homemade sweet-and-sour pineapple sauce.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 ¾ cups water, divided

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

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar

  • 2 drops orange food color

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 2 ¼ cups self-rising flour

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes

  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

  • 2 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces


  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups of water, reserved pineapple juice, sugar, vinegar, and orange food coloring in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; set aside. Mix 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water together in a small bowl until smooth; pour into the sauce, stirring continuously, until slightly thickened.

  2. Place flour, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, egg, salt, and white pepper in a large bowl; gradually whisk in 1 1/2 cups water to make a thick batter. Add chicken pieces; stir until well coated.

  3. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet or wok to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C). Fry chicken pieces in preheated oil until golden, about 10 minutes; remove and drain on paper towels.

  4. Layer green peppers, pineapple chunks, and cooked chicken pieces on a platter; pour hot sweet and sour sauce over top.

    looking down at a large bowl full of sweet and sour chicken
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Editor's Note

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

639 Calories
18g Fat
56g Carbs
59g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 639
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 759mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 59g
Vitamin C 29mg 147%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 742mg 16%

* 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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