Sweet and Sour Chicken

Who needs take out when you have this DELICIOUS recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken! 

Homemade Sweet and Sour chicken

Let’s face it, finding good Chinese food can be challenging in the suburbs. Lately, I’ve had some of the worst food from local Chinese restaurants and have declared being done with them completely. Currently, I’m in search of a good quality Chinese restaurant in the city (suggestions welcomed). While I await the quality of Chinese restaurants to elevate I’m turning to this simple recipe that always satisfies my craving.

This no fail recipe of Sweet and Sour Chicken takes a few extra steps versus ordering take out, but is easier to make than you probably would assume. As I continue my search for that Chinese restaurant that wows, I’m going to keep making this amazing dish over and over again.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

What to serve with sweet and sour chicken

Serve this Sweet and Sour Chicken over rice of your choice. I prefer topping this sweet chicken with green onion for that extra crunch and to balance the sweetness. The beloved Soy Sauce is a condiment that I never go without while indulging in Chinese food. This sweet chicken topped with salty soy is a combination to be savored. I’m challenging you to give this recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken at home today!

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken


  • 4 chicken breast
  • salt/pepper
  • 3/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil plus more
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Other:
  • Rice
  • Green onion
  • Soy sauce
  • Zip Lock Bag


  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken
  4. Place corn starch into a Zip Lock bag and add chicken and toss to coat well
  5. Whisk the eggs together in a shallow dish
  6. Pour 1/4 cup canola oil in large skillet over medium heat and make sure it heats up for a few minutes before adding the chicken
  7. Dip the cornstarch coated chicken into the eggs and carefully place the chicken piece into the hot oil
  8. Cook the chicken on each side for 45 seconds but not all the way through you want to lightly brown the coating
  9. Working in batches moving the chicken to a non stick baking sheet while starting the next batch
  10. Add more oil as needed to the skillet while cooking the chicken
  11. In a medium bowl mix all the sauce ingredients and pour directly over the chicken on the baking sheet and toss to coat chicken
  12. Bake for 45 minutes turning every 15-20 minutes
  13. Serve over rice with green onions to garnish and a side of soy sauce
  • Category: Main Dish

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  1. I’ve been looking for a good sweet and sour chicken recipe to try…score! This looks fab. 🙂

  2. I tried making this for my mother today, and we both loved it! the recipe is just AMAZING. I’m never ordering take out again :p

    • Whisking Mama

      Thank you for your review Jeremy!!! Sounds like you had the same amazing experience as I did with this recipe! So happy to hear your Mom enjoyed as well 🙂

  3. Emily Rose

    This is the second recipe of yours i have tried and i am impressed again! This was a bit time consuming with the frying of the chicken first, although i am sure it would go faster the 2nd time but WOW. Tastes slightly different than take out SNS chicken but BETTER. Lighter, fresher…Next time i would make some extra sauce, to pour over halfway through cooking. your recipes inspire me to keep trying new things! I am trying to expand my recipe rotations and this another to add. Boyfriend absolutely loved it. Delighted to have found you!!!

    • Emily, so happy to hear your enjoying the recipes! Perfectly described…takes a little time but way better than take out! 🙂

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