Sweet and Sour Chicken – Crispy, lightly breaded chicken topped with a delicious, sweet and sour sauce that rivals most take-out. This delicious sauce also goes great in shrimp, pork or vegetable-based Asian dishes and even as a dipping sauce for your favorite appetizer!
I promised you in my “Better Than Take-Out” Fried Rice post that I concocted something that goes amazing with it and as promised, I am going to share it with you. The best part, as in most of my recipes, is that it is so incredibly easy to make, with the sauce itself needing only 6 common ingredients!
What am I talking about? Since you’re here, I’m sure you already know but I’m going to tell you anyways: Sweet and Sour Chicken! I have to tell you, I have always wanted to make sweet and sour sauce but never have and one day last week, I made myself put it on the menu. Mind you, I had NO idea how to make it so, I conjured up everything I ever remembered from all of the delicious sweet and sour sauces I had ever tasted and through trial and error, I created “The One!”
If you are a regular reader, you know that I live in the back woods of Montana and ordering take-out is…we’ll just say, not much of an option so, I have to improvise. I LOVE anything Asian take-out but my absolute favorite has always been Sweet and Sour Chicken (or pork dumplings). While I absolutely HATE breading anything because usually it involves a dry-to-wet-to-dry mixture, I decided to try my hand at just lightly breading by nixing any wet part of the mix. So you will be pleased to know that it worked and is sooo much less heavy and, not to mention less messy!
Another thing is, I used chicken because that is the one meat protein I always have on hand and the main one that anyone in this house can agree on but creating Sweet and Sour Chicken is not the only option here. I know that the sauce itself is delicious with pork, shrimp, veggies or just as a dipping sauce for your favorite appetizer! The point is, it’s a versatile compliment to a variety of dishes.
So, are you ready to set yourself free from feeling like you need to order take-out to get your Sweet and Sour fix? Well, I’m ready to set you free and give you a better, homemade option that will fit into your food budget and your busy schedule. So let’s get right to it and get you one step closer to “freedom from take-out” status!
* In my testing, I did a couple different main versions of this sauce. One with 3 TBL of ketchup and one with 4 TBL. The feedback I got for both were positive but preference was split so a suggestion would be to start with 3 and bump it up to 4 if it needs it.
* Another thing I experimented with was cornstarch. At 1 TBL, it is still fairly thin but at 2 TBL it was pretty thick. Everyone has different preferences so if you prefer the thicker version, go with 2 TBL cornstarch.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
- 1 ½ C Water Separated
- ½ C Brown Sugar
- ¼ C Rice Vinegar
- 3-4 TBL Ketchup
- 1 tsp Soy Sauce
- 2-3 Chicken Breasts
- ¾ C Flour
- 3 TBL Corn Starch Separated
- ¼ - ½ C Oil
In a large ziplock bag, combine 3/4 C flour and 2 TBL cornstarch.
Chop chicken breasts into small chunks and throw into ziplock bag of flour mixture and shake-to-coat. Set Aside.
In a small dish, mix ¼ C cold water and 1 TBL cornstarch. Set aside.
Next, in a medium sauce pan, combine 1 ¼ C Water, brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup one ingredient at a time and whisking well between each addition. Bring to a simmer for about 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Whisk the water/cornstarch mixture into the sauce. Let simmer for about a minute until sauce begins to thicken and turn heat to low. Set Aside.
In a large skillet, heat oil and carefully add the chicken to the pan, frying until cooked completely through and golden brown on the outside.
Smother chicken with sauce or serve sauce on the side. Serve with rice, noodles or vegetables
Like what you see? I’d love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment if you’ve tried it or just that your mouth is watering! Also, check out the Recipe Box section for more delicious and simple Asian take-out inspiration like my crowd-pleasing Asian Pork Dumplings or Grilled Asian Steak Salad! To be the first to know about more recipes, DIY projects or ideas for a simple life and home, sign up for the Real Housewife of Montana Newsletter and be sure to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter or Bloglovin for the most recent updates from Montana!