I love sweet and sour chicken, or as my daughter calls it “gourmet chicken nuggets”! In the past this was a meal we typically reserved for take out or an all you can eat buffet, therefore I was super excited when a friend made the dish for dinner one night. The chicken was delicious and the sauce just the right amount of sweetness. Of course I begged for the recipe and this tender sweet and sour chicken dish has become a family favorite.
Now typically I’m a very clean and organized cook. I like to keep my surfaces tidy and wipe them down as I go – thank you Mrs G my high school home economics teacher! However this meal however hard I try always leaves my kitchen looking like a science experiment. There’s generally flour on the floor and sticky egg wash all over the counters. But please, I don’t want this to deter you as the mess is totally worth the delicious meal you will prepare.
Tender sweet and sour chicken
- 1 lb skinless, boeless chicken breasts cut in 1″ chunks
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 large eggs beaten
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil for frying
Sweet and sour sauce
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup apple cidar vinegar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and light;ly greese 9″ x 13″ baking dish with non-stick sparay
- Whisk all sauce ingredients together in a bowl or jug, set aside
- Mix salt and pepper with corn starch in shallow bowl and gently toss chicking in mixture
- Beat eggs in second shallow dish or bowl and workingone at a time dip chicken pieces into eggs
- Heat vegetable oil in large saucepan, or frypan and workinh in small batches fry chicken pieces until golden brown about 1-2 minutes
- Transfer chicken on to paper towel lined plates to remove excess oil and disguard oil from pan
- Place chicken into prepared baking dish and pour over prepared sauce
- Place into oven and back aprox. 55 minutes, turning every 15 minutes to evenly coat the chicken in sauce.
- Serve immediatly and enjoy!
I typically serve this dish with steamed white rice to cut the sweetness. We also eat with a generous serving of steamed veggies, broccoli being our go to. A variety of beans, carrots, peppers is great too and adds to the dishes visual appeal.
I love this dish because it’s something I can typically whip together with pantry staples. And like all mom’s, any dish you can put in front of you kids and know they are going to devour is a certain family favouite!
If you enjoyed this meal please try my Asian meatballs.