A tangy, quick, and easy chicken dish - prepared on the stove top in under 1/2 an hour! Quick and delicious! Serve over rice.



Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • Saute onion in oil until translucent.

  • Add chicken, and brown lightly.

  • Combine ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, lemon juice, and pepper; mix well. Pour over chicken, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 25 to 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

255 calories; 8.3 g total fat; 68 mg cholesterol; 655 mg sodium. 16.4 g carbohydrates; 28.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (598)

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757 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 422
  • 4 star values: 249
  • 3 star values: 57
  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: 5 stars
I am 12 years old and I love to cook. I was looking for a chicken recipe to make for my family because I was tired of the same ole stuff ya know?? Well this recipe turned out GREAT!! Even my Dad liked it and he hardly likes anything. This was a real hit. I will definately make this again. Also it was really good served with white rice.:) Thanks for the recipe!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was wonderful. I will make this again. As recommended by other reviewers I doubled the sauce and I only added 1/2 tsp of pepper. I also cooked it for about 40 minutes and I disolved a spoonful of corn starch in about 1/3 cup of cold water and added right at the end of cooking. This made a nice thick sauce. I made rice and broccoli as recommended. After dinner I just put all the leftovers (chicken sauce rice and broccoli) in one bowl and brought it for lunch today. It was really good all mixed up too! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Doubled the sauce quantity - my family loves plenty of sauce with anything for dinner. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was very good but nothing exceptional. I took others' advise and tripled the sauce without tripling everything and I'm glad that I did. 9 Tbs. ketchup 6 Tbs. soy sauce 5 1/2 Tbs. white sugar 6 Tbs. lemon juice 1 1/2 tsp black pepper. This was perfect. Not too sweet and not too hot. The reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because serving this dish with rice is a must and should have been included that way. The recipe should have at least doubled the sauce as well. I also cubed my chicken because it looked so tasty in the photos that way. I think my changes are what made this dish a success. Overall served over rice with brocolli and a nice loaf of French bread this meal was a hit with my family. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent! I tripled the sauce recipe and it was perfect. I did however when tripling the sauce cut the sugar by a third (6 tbl instead of 9) and added a handful of sliced mushrooms at the end. This is fast easy and delicious. I served with white rice and broccoli. Will make mashed potatoes next time. Thanks for the comfort food! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Well we liked that one! I didn't put the sugar in at all because we don't like sauces to be too sweet. Only wish there was more sauce...it all seems to reduce too much so next time I will make more sauce for it. Thumbs up! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I named this Sweet & Zesty Chicken. I followed the suggestion of other reviewers and made more sauce than suggested because we love sauce on our rice. I did 1/2 c 1 Tbs. ketchup 1/4c 2Tbs. soy sauce. 1/4c sugar 1/4 2Tbs vinegar because I didn't have lemon juice. Other than that i followed it exactly and it came out GREAT!! i'll definitely be saving this one and tweaking it some more. I served it over Basmati rice!! SO GOOD!!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
This was pretty good. I scaled the recipe down for two people but ended up needing to make enough sauce for four people in order to have enough to simmer. Next time I make it I'll probably substitute Worchestershire sauce for the soy sauce which will essentially make it a BBQ chicken recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I'm not a big fan of chicken but I really liked this! I left out the oil and used cooking spray to grease my skillet and I chopped up the chicken in small pieces before browning it. Read More