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Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Description

The best sweet and sour chicken ever. My husband would eat this every night of his life if I would make it (which I don’t, so that he’ll actually look forward to it when I do!).

Ingredients

  • 3 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Salt And Pepper
  • 1 cup Cornstarch
  • 2 whole Eggs, Lightly Beaten
  • ¼ cups Canola Oil
  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • ¾ cups Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • ½ cups Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt

Preparation

Cut chicken breasts into chunks. Season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken in cornstarch and then in egg (yes, this will be messy but it will be worth it, I promise!). Fry in a little oil until browned on all sides but not cooked through. Place in a single layer in a baking dish.

Mix sauce ingredients together and pour over chicken.

Bake for one hour at 325 degrees F. Turn chicken every 15 minutes. If you like extra sauce, make another batch of sauce and bring it to a boil on the stovetop. Stir constantly and let cook over medium heat until thickened and reduced, about 6 to 8 minutes.

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Jackie Hughes on 2.24.2014

I made this for the first time tonight. My family raved about it. Definitely will make again and again. Thank you.

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Anna Victoria on 6.30.2012

This is an absolutely amazing recipe, I love it!
See my blog for the post about my experience making it.

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Sara on 12.14.2011

I made this for the first time about 6 months ago. I’ve never been a fan of sweet and sour chicken but this looked too good not to try. It’s been a weekly menu item in my house ever since! My husband even licked the pan the first time I made it! If you haven’t tried this, even if you don’t like S&S chicken, make this! It’s a little labor intensive but SO worth it! It’s outstanding!

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thefrozen5 on 8.22.2011

Hello, I must say, I have never made S&S chix. Sushi,Thai,etc. yes, but this simple dish of my childhood,no. My kids LOVED it as part of a theme night of chinese-y food and kung fu panda. Are the ”chunks” supposed to be big or bite sized?

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yardsailor on 1.3.2011

I can’t wait to try this, its always been one of my husbands favorites. Another plus I can make it Gluten Free for my grandson. Thanks for sharing.

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Chelsea on 8.23.2013

I cooked this recipe using my own sauce, however, the chicken was super simple and everything went together beautifully!! And, of course, it was delicious – I won’t be ordering much chinese at this rate! Thanks for sharing!

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Marie on 1.23.2013

Fantastic! I am ditching the recipe I have used for years for this one. I totally forgot about the egg (found them in the dish ready for battering after putting the chicken in the oven). We did not miss it one bit, so now I just throw the chicken and cornstarch in a ziploc bag to cover the chicken pieces. Simple. I also add red and green peppers, carrots and onions and we put it over quinoa.

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amanda79 on 1.4.2013

So good. My whole family inhaled it. I wished I had doubled the recipe.

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Nicole B on 11.2.2012

I’ve never really tried my hand at homemade Chinese food until I tried this recipe. It is delicious! It takes a little bit of work but its so worth it in the end!

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Pam G on 6.10.2012

Very good recipe!!! Really not that much effort either. Definitely a keeper of a recipe!

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