Best Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Sweet and Sour Chicken is a typical dish you’ll find at Chinese-American restaurants. I love the crispy, tangy flavor of this sweet and sour chicken recipe! It’s best served with white rice, vegetables, and my homemade sweet and sour chicken sauce. There’s always room for an indulgent, fried dish around here, especially when it’s filled with so much flavor!

Sweet and sour chicken mixed with pineapple and red peppers

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

This sweet and sour chicken recipe is crispy, tangy, and delicious, and I’m going to show you how to make sweet and sour chicken sauce too!

Sweet and Sour Chicken is a staple at Chinese-American restaurants. It might be more American than Chinese, but regardless, it’s so yummy! This sweet and sour chicken recipe is crispy, fried, and full of flavor.

This is the kind of dish I dream about. The sweet and sour chicken sauce is the perfect mix, the chicken is fried in the most delicious sweet and sour chicken batter, and it’s all served on top of white rice along with vegetables. It’s just like getting Chinese takeout to eat at home…but better! There’s none of that stickiness to deal with, just fresh chicken straight out off the stove top.

A homemade sweet and sour chicken recipe? YES please. No more take out for me!

Learn how to make Sweet and Sour Chicken at home, along with a homemade sweet and sour chicken sauce!

A bowl of sweet and sour chicken next to a cutting board with chopped pineapple and peppers

Sweet and sour chicken sauce being poured over a bowl of chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken Sauce

So let’s talk about this Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce. This is the highlight really, because you can’t have a sweet and sour chicken recipe without the sauce!

This Sweet and Sour Sauce was surprisingly easy to make, which I love. Just mix the ingredients together in a sauce pan, heat it up, and you’re done. You can use it to make this recipe and store any extra in the refrigerator.

Sweet and sour chicken recipe next to chopped pineapple and sweet and sour sauce

Sweet and sour chicken mixed with pineapple, scallions, and bell pepers

Sweet and Sour Chicken Batter

The batter is an important part of this dish. It’s what makes the chicken so crispy and flavorful! Just combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Batter Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Water
  • Peanut Oil (or Vegetable Oil)

Once the sweet and sour chicken batter is prepared, just put the chicken in the batter to coat.

How to Make Sweet and Sour Chicken

Instead of ordering takeout tonight, learn how to make sweet and sour chicken at home! It’s pretty easy to make and it tastes SO good when it’s all done. I’m showing you how to make the batter, how to make your very own sweet and sour chicken sauce, and how to put it all together. Just check the recipe card for the full instructions!

sweet and sour chicken mix in a bowl of white rice

Sweet and sour chicken recipe

Sweet and sour chicken

What vegetables do you put in sweet and sour chicken?

For this sweet and sour chicken recipe, we’re adding in red bell peppers, scallions, and fresh pineapple. The pineapple brings the sweet to the sour, and is a great balance to the rest of the flavors.

Where does sweet and sour chicken come from?

Sweet and Sour Chicken is known as being a classic Chinese dish for us Americans, but it’s actually more of a western dish. Sweet and Sour sauce has been used in traditional Chinese cooking, but it’s more often used on fish or pork. The version of this chicken dish we know as sweet and sour chicken is best categorized as Chinese-American rather than simply Chinese.

A bowl of homemade sweet and sour chicken

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The Cookie Rookie is practically famous for amazing Chicken Recipes, mostly due to this Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe. We have so many other chicken favorites that I hope you check out, and even have a FREE EBOOK for subscribers (click to find out more). I’m here for all your easy chicken recipes needs!

You guys have to try this crispy Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe the next time you’re craving a Chinese takeout. It’s pretty simple to make, but it tastes sooooo good. And the fresh peppers and pineapple really bring this dish together.

See the recipe card below for details on How to Make Sweet and Sour Chicken. Enjoy!

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