Sweet and Sour Chicken

Mom’s recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken is the ultimate easy recipe! This was my brother’s favorite family recipe growing up, you’re sure to love it!

I’m off on my honeymoon but asked some of my very favorite bloggers to keep you company while I’m gone! (Be sure to check out these triple chocolate brownies from Erren’s Kitchen from Monday!) Today I asked my mom, Susie Gall, to cook for you!! I grew up with her cooking, and its the best on the planet! She helped me start Cookie Rookie (see some of her favorite recipes HERE) and recently started her own blog, Simply Sated.  You’ll see her social links in the bio box below her post, but be sure to check out her beautiful blog!!

Sweet and Sour Chicken! This was my favorite meal growing up!Hi, I’m Susie (Becky’s mom) and I’m so excited to share one of my favorite recipes with you today! I recently baked my son’s favorite chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, for my daughter’s birthday.  Please don’t blame me; it was her idea.

I had almost forgotten about this recipe when my daughter, Becky, asked if I would do a guest post for The Cookie Rookie.  I was so excited she asked, but try as I might, I couldn’t decide what to fix.  Thankfully, she requested Sweet & Sour Chicken.

Sweet and Sour Chicken! This was my favorite meal growing up! Sweet and Sour Chicken! This was my favorite meal growing up!Sweet & Sour Chicken has been a family favorite recipe since the late 1970s or early 1980s when my mother-in-law first served it.  Lipton Dry Onion Soup Mix was all the rage at the time and this recipe was sweeping the nation. It had been eons since I fixed this dish.  My mother-in-law gave me the recipe in 1979ish, and I used to make it often.  After my son was born it became his most-loved dish when chicken was on the menu.  When my children left my dining room to dine most often with their trueloves, the recipe ended up secluded and forlorn in the back of my recipe file.

Sweet and Sour Chicken! This was my favorite meal growing up!After eating Sweet & Sour Chicken this past week, my husband and I won’t forget it again.  While eating, we were both proclaiming oohs and aahs over its deliciousness.  I was also oohing and aahing thinking how easy the dish is to prepare.

Sweet and Sour Chicken! This was my favorite meal growing up!Every once in awhile we have to eat something just because it tastes so darned good – not because of the health benefits!  I promise I won’t eat it every night – but you sure might.

Sweet and Sour Chicken! This was my favorite meal growing up!So, thank you Bec for asking that I do a guest post for The Cookie Rookie and for requesting Sweet & Sour Chicken.  I feel like I’ve found a long-lost friend.   This dish seems more a gift to your dad and me than to you, but alas, this recipe is our birthday gift to you – our one and only gift.  I just have to figure out where to put the candles so they won’t melt.

Sweet and Sour Chicken! This was my favorite meal growing up!Happy, Happy Birthday, Bec!!   We adore you!!

If you like this recipe and want to see more, please check out my blog, Simply Sated!

Serves 2-4


Sweet and Sour Chicken


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  • 4 chicken breasts - skinless & boneless
  • 1/2 cup Western or Red Russian Dressing
  • 1/2 cup Apricot, Pineapple, Peach Jam or a combination
  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix - dry
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes - per taste
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard - optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a baking dish.
  3. Place the chicken in the dish.
  4. Combine all other ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
  5. Pour the Jam mixture over the chicken.
  6. Bake covered at 350F for 20 minutes.
  7. After 20 minutes, remove the cover and bake 15-20 minutes or just until breasts are cooked through.
  8. Serve with rice.
  9. Enjoy!



841 cal


55 g


20 g


63 g
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Patty Haxton Anderson
The photographs of this recipe are fabulous and the dish sounds really good.
Cindy @ Hun What's for Dinner?
This chicken looks fantastic!! Pinning
Erren @ Erren's Kitchen
This looks Amazing! It's clear where Becky gets her skills from!
Wahou! I love your Sweet and Sour Chicken. Can't wait to make it :)
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Love this guest post. Susie's chicken looks fantastic!
Oh my heavens that looks good, I am starving now!!!
I love when savory dishes have hints of sweetness! I bet this is delicious with the jam ... although I think I'd have to go with a combination because I couldn't pick just one of those flavors!
I can't find the red Russian dressing or western In any stores. Is there an alternative that you would recommend substituting instead?
Hi! I'm looking at the recipe and I'm unsure as the when the crockpot comes into play. 20 minutes cook time doesn't seen long enough to me in a crockpot. Am I just reading it wrong?
    Becky Hardin
    Hey Nicole, this actually isn't a slow cooker dish. The dish bakes for 20 minutes (covered) and then 15-20 more uncovered at 350. Sorry for any confusion!! Thanks for stopping by :)
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