Homemade Sweet & Sour Chicken

Homemade Sweet & Sour Chicken Recipe:

My family loves to eat Sweet & Sour Chicken, but there aren’t any Chinese places close to our house (that I am aware of) and it gets expensive to purchase enough to fill up these growing boys. I went on a mission scouring the internet for recipes, so I could try to re-create this at home. I found one that looked like something I could manage over at Joyful Momma’s Kitchen. It was just very recently published (yay for my good fortune!) as part of her 365 recipes in 365 days journey. I can’t wait to see what else she tries!¬†To begin, I cut the chicken into bite size pieces, and set aside. I gathered the ingredients for the breading (Corn Starch and Eggs).

I placed half of the corn starch on one bowl, half in another, and scrambled the eggs in a third bowl with a touch of milk. I placed the chicken to the far left, then a bowl of starch, bowl of eggs, bowl of starch, and then my frying pan, to form an assembly line of sorts. Dip and toss to cover the chicken in the cornstarch, egg mix, cornstarch, and then place in the pan.

Once it’s in the pan, you want to make sure the pieces aren’t sticking together, and turn it once the bottom is browned, so you can brown the other side. Note to self: As you can see in the third photo, the corn starch formed sort of a cast on my fingers. I’d advise washing hands a few times while doing this so you don’t have to break your fingers free from a corn starch mold :) Next time, I will also make more chicken and use a larger pan.

While that is cooking, you can make the sweet & sour sauce. I gathered my ingredients and was worried about the amount of Ketchup I had left in the bottle. My spare pantry bottle was gone, and this is what was left in the bottle in the fridge. It was exactly 1/4 cup, which is what I needed. We are recovering from the Nemo Blizzard, and the car was still buried, so it wasn’t like I could run out for more…

Mix all of those ingredients in a bowl and stir.

When the chicken is done, place it in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Pour your sweet & sour sauce over it, and place in a 350 degree oven. You will cook this for an hour, but need to toss the chicken every 15 minutes or so, so the sauce can bake in.

It looks so yummy when it’s done.

I served ours with brown rice and broccoli with cheese.

Homemade Sweet & Sour Chicken
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Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Touch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup corn starch, divided
  • 2 eggs beaten, add touch of milk (about ¼ cup)
  • ¼ cup cooking oil – I used EVOO
  • Sauce Mix:
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Ketchup
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces
  3. Prepare assembly line of cornstarch, eggs, cornstarch, frying pan
  4. Dip and coat chicken in each bowl, then place in frying pan.
  5. Fry over medium heat until the chicken is brown. It doesn’t have to cook all the way through, you’re going to bake it for an hour.
  6. Put the chicken in the baking dish and coat with sauce mix.
  7. Bake for 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes.
  8. Please visit full post at: http://whenisdinner.com/homemade-sweet-sour-chicken/ for step by step instructions with photos.

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18 Comments to "Homemade Sweet & Sour Chicken"

  1. February 13, 2013 - 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I bookmarked to make later. Looks yummy, thanks.

    • February 18, 2013 - 10:21 am | Permalink

      I’m making tonight, will let you know if it turns out alright. :-)

      • February 18, 2013 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

        I hope you love it as much as we did!

        • February 18, 2013 - 6:28 pm | Permalink

          It was really good!!
          The hubby and my picky 17 yr old loved it!
          Mine came put just like yours, corn starch worked great, but mine wasn’t as red. Still it was better than takeaway from the Chinese place. Thanks for a great recipe! It’s a keeper in my house.

  2. February 13, 2013 - 7:24 pm | Permalink

    I’m making this right now thanks for posting! My sweet n sour recipe is slightly different but I’ve never tried frying with cornstarch (Yea I’m not the best cook lol). I hope to try your Mississippi sin dip some day too :)

    • February 13, 2013 - 9:07 pm | Permalink

      So now that I’ve made it I wanted to add, your chicken looks amazing. My chicken looks disgusting LOL. It tastes pretty good, just looks odd. I think I will go back to skipping the corn starch breading.

      • February 18, 2013 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

        Awww, I’m sorry it turned out funny. My kids keep asking when I’m going to make it again, LOL :)

  3. Kathie's Gravatar Kathie
    February 15, 2013 - 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to invite you to link up to Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady!



    • February 18, 2013 - 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, I just linked it. What a fun party!

  4. Julie Cutshaw's Gravatar Julie Cutshaw
    February 19, 2013 - 7:28 am | Permalink

    I’m going to try this because I love sesame chicken and the only restaraunt that we can buy it from has changed there oil in which they use and theres taste odd now and high cost to dine there. I just last week made my own cream cheese won tons and they were so good! I searched the grocery stores really well for a ready made sauce that I could use to coat my chicken (I do my chicken like you here for coating it) but there was no sauce that could be bought that was simular tp what goes on the sesame chicken. I did find the sesame seeds which I’m holding onto until I found a sauce I could make. Kikomen did sell a sweet & sour sauce but its deep red & I just don’t like the flavor of it for what I have in mind. I used it on my husbands stir fry beef that went over his rice. But my sesame chicken sauce needs to be sweeter and lighter in color based so I think this recipe might just work. Thanks for sharing. Your finished recipe goods yummy!!

  5. February 23, 2013 - 3:23 pm | Permalink

    I love sweet & sour chicken. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve never tried to make it myself, but may give it a whirl soon!

  6. February 23, 2013 - 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Yum! I love sweet and sour chicken. I’ve tried an orange chicken recipe, but the sauce was too strong. This looks good!

  7. February 24, 2013 - 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I love sweet and sour chicken but have honestly never made my own. Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. February 24, 2013 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Oh, this looks like a yummy dinner! It’s been months since I’ve had some good Chinese – I am craving some sweet and sour chicken now!

  9. February 27, 2013 - 1:02 am | Permalink

    I should really pkan to make rhis for my husband some night. He loves sweet and sour and we don’t get to go out as much as we used to.

  10. March 4, 2013 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    It looks like it turned out great! I’ve never seen a Sweet & Sour Chicken recipe without pineapple in some form, but it sounds really yummy.

  11. March 5, 2013 - 12:12 am | Permalink

    oh i really want to make this! It looks like it turned out amazing! I love sweet and sour chicken. <3

  12. March 25, 2013 - 1:05 am | Permalink

    Oh my, this looks delicious. I am having a weekly blog link up and it just went live. I would love for you to come and share this with us!


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