Pan fried chicken cubes served with a sweet and sour sauce.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, vinegar, reserved pineapple juice, and orange food coloring. Heat to boiling. Turn off heat. Combine 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; slowly stir into saucepan. Continue stirring until mixture thickens.

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  • Combine flour, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, salt, white pepper, and egg. Add 1 1/2 cups water gradually to make a thick batter. Stir to blend thoroughly. Add chicken pieces, and stir until chicken is well coated.

  • Heat oil in skillet or wok to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C). Fry chicken pieces in hot oil 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove chicken, and drain on paper towels.

  • When ready to serve, layer green peppers, pineapple chunks, and cooked chicken pieces on a platter. Pour hot sweet and sour sauce over top.

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

639 calories; 18.4 g total fat; 160 mg cholesterol; 759 mg sodium. 56.2 g carbohydrates; 59.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2005
This recipe is REALLY good! Here's a few things to possibly make it easier for whoever tries this next... 1)The step #2 is for the batter that coats the chicken 2)#1 is seperate and is for the sweet and sour sauce 3)when you add the corn starch to the sauce with the water COMBINE the water and corn starch first and THEN put it in so you don't get lumps. 4)The batter looks kinda like pancake batter and it's OK it's supposed to be that way! 5)If you don't have self-rising flower just add 1/2t salt and 1 1/2t baking powder to your flower 6)If you want to save for leftovers DONT pour the sauce over the leftover chickens. Keep them seperate and then pan-fry the chickens when you want them again to maintain the crispy outside. Thanks - wonderful recipe my husband and I will be enjoying this again soon! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/13/2003
Pretty good recipe for a Chinese food lover like me. Easy ingredients too!! BUT I think it should say from the begining to KEEP the Pinapple juice in a container for use in sauce. I almost discharged mine!! AHh Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2005
This recipe is REALLY good! Here's a few things to possibly make it easier for whoever tries this next... 1)The step #2 is for the batter that coats the chicken 2)#1 is seperate and is for the sweet and sour sauce 3)when you add the corn starch to the sauce with the water COMBINE the water and corn starch first and THEN put it in so you don't get lumps. 4)The batter looks kinda like pancake batter and it's OK it's supposed to be that way! 5)If you don't have self-rising flower just add 1/2t salt and 1 1/2t baking powder to your flower 6)If you want to save for leftovers DONT pour the sauce over the leftover chickens. Keep them seperate and then pan-fry the chickens when you want them again to maintain the crispy outside. Thanks - wonderful recipe my husband and I will be enjoying this again soon! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2005
This recipe is REALLY good! Here's a few things to possibly make it easier for whoever tries this next... 1)The step #2 is for the batter that coats the chicken 2)#1 is seperate and is for the sweet and sour sauce 3)when you add the corn starch to the sauce with the water COMBINE the water and corn starch first and THEN put it in so you don't get lumps. 4)The batter looks kinda like pancake batter and it's OK it's supposed to be that way! 5)If you don't have self-rising flower just add 1/2t salt and 1 1/2t baking powder to your flower 6)If you want to save for leftovers DONT pour the sauce over the leftover chickens. Keep them seperate and then pan-fry the chickens when you want them again to maintain the crispy outside. Thanks - wonderful recipe my husband and I will be enjoying this again soon! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/26/2007
I gave this 4 stars because the first time i made it it was a horrible dissapointment. The chicken was bland and had no flavor. I decided to try again and tweeked it a bit and it turned out fantastic! The only thing i really did different was season the chicken liberally with salt pepper onion and gralic powder (after i had chopped it up) and let it set in the fridge for 30min-1hr. For the batter i skipped the cornstartch and since i didn't have self rising flour i added an extra 1/2tsp salt and 1.5tsp baking powder and i added about 1tsp onion powder. The chicken itself was sooooo good. We were all eating it plain while i was cooking it. With these small changes it turned out amazing tasted better than my favorite chinese place! When i want to make this for guests and don't want to spend an hour frying up the chicken i fry it up earlier in the day throw it on a baking sheet and heat it up on 350 in the oven for about 15 min and its still crispy and yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2003
This is excellent! My hubby is picky about his asian cuisine and he loved it! I made a few changes: I kept the chicken veggies and sauce in separate bowls for serving. Added 2 sliced carrots and 1/2 chopped onions to the green peppers and sauted them lightly. Added 2T soy sauce and the pineapple chunks to the s/s sauce. Next time I will double the sauce batch though. There wasn't enough for the amount of chicken pieces for our tastes. Served this over white rice with side of egg rolls. A wonderful meal with awesome flavor. We're sold on this one! Also: the kids loved the leftover chicken pieces for lunch as chicken nuggets w/ ketchup! This is a keeper!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2009
HELPFUL TIPS IN PREPARING: 1. Make the chicken ahead and save for whenever you will eat this dish. Heating in oven at 350 for 15 min. really does work and chicken is really crispy but that's really b/c the batter is so dang perfectly thick. DEFINITELY start with making the chicken batter as described like pancake mix. When cutting recipe in half ALSO cut in half the chicken batter (1C water flour 1T cornstarch&oil 1/2t salt 1/5t baking powder egg). I never have self-rising flour so that's where the baking powder comes in. 2. The sauce is only good for about 4 chicken breasts otherwise double the sauce. It thickens up REALLY well but as mentioned...make sure the cornstarch is completely dissolved in water before adding it. I keep the sauce on lowest setting until ready to eat. 3. Take some frozen veggies fry in pan with some soy sauce for a great side dish! 4. My kids love the chicken w/o sauce so they think it's chicken nugget night w/ketchup. 5. Tastes better to coat the chicken in sauce rather than dumping over but only use the chicken you plan on eating so you can save the rest for leftovers. Otherwise it gets mushy the next day when mixed in with sauce. I just reheat sauce while chicken is in oven for 15 min. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/12/2003
Pretty good recipe for a Chinese food lover like me. Easy ingredients too!! BUT I think it should say from the begining to KEEP the Pinapple juice in a container for use in sauce. I almost discharged mine!! AHh Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2003
Absolutely the best sweet and sour chicken recipe I've ever tried. My husband and I thought it was delicious. One comment about the directions: the amount of water to add to the chicken batter is a little hard to interperate. Make sure you only use 1 cup of water not 1 1/2 cups. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2004
This recipe is authentic and tastes very similar to the restaraunt style sweet & sour chicken. I probably will not make it again though because of the amount of work. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2003
my first thought when i tasted this: "oh my god did i just make that??" this was amazing! the batter has a really good flavor. i added in extra pepper and salt. i served it with steamed white rice and stir fried vegetables (sliced onion carrots and red pepper) in peanut oil. i added in just under 3/4 cup of sugar and the sauce was just perfect! this is a keeper -- great recipe just as good as somethiing you'd get in a restaurant! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2011
Here's my modification if you don't like the extra calories in battered meat: Heat 1/2 tsp. sesame oil and 1 1/2 Tblsp vegetable oil until shimmering. Brown meat (chicken or pork cubes). Remove. Add vegetables (sliced carrots onion peppers) and saute. Lower heat return meat to pan. Add sauce ingredients while stirring constantly. Lower heat to simmer and cover. Cook about 15 minutes until meat is cooked thoroughly but vegetables are still firm. I NEVER add food coloring b/c I think it looks silly and LOVE the flavor of the sesame oil. Sometimes dump in some fresh sliced tomatoes during the last 2-3 minutes just long enough to heat through. You can also use shrimp in this recipe but put them in at the very end and only cook a few min. or they will be tough. Read More
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