Jan 052016
 
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We love Chinese food.  Back when we lived in Florida, we’d hit the farmer’s market two miles away on Saturday afternoons, and then stop at our favorite Chinese place just down the street after for takeout.

Easy Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe that's baked!

Conveniently located Chinese food is something sadly lacking from where we live now.  So when hubs mentioned he’d love it if I learned how to make more Chinese food recipes, I was happy to oblige.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe served over white rice

As it’s one of our go-to dishes, a sweet and sour chicken recipe is the first thing I decided to make.  My husband was a little skeptical about the chicken being baked in the sauce (and baked at all, really) but I promise you will love it.

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Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • For the chicken:
  • 1 pkg (20 oz) boneless chicken tenderloins, cut into 1" cubes
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 T vegetable oil
  • For the sauce:
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 5 T ketchup
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Place chicken pieces in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Add cornstarch and mix until chicken is completely coated.
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium.
  5. When the skillet and oil are hot, dip the chicken pieces in the beaten egg. Place in a single layer in the skillet and cook 1-2 minutes on each side until the batter becomes slightly golden.
  6. Remove from oil; transfer to your prepared baking dish. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  7. Pour the vinegar, sugar, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic powder together in a medium bowl. Whisk until well combined.
  8. Slowly pour the prepared sauce over the chicken pieces, making sure to coat each piece well.
  9. Bake in the oven for about an hour, turning the chicken over every 15 minutes.
  10. Serve over rice.

Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

This Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe is battered, flash-cooked in a skillet, then baked for an hour for tender, delicious chicken coated with yummy, sticky sauce

Whenever I make a sauce like this, I always like to put all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to just a boil over medium-low heat.  It gives the sugar a chance to fully dissolve and all the ingredients to meld together.

Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe served over white rice

The chicken cooked up delicious and tender, has the perfect amount of (non-soggy!) batter, and really develops a beautiful flavor by baking low and slow for about an hour.  Hubs has requested this become a regular part of our rotation, and I absolutely agree.  Serve it over white rice, or pair it with my Vegetable Fried Rice.

What Chinese takeout dish would you like to make at home?

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About Liza

[suffusion-the-author display='description']Liza is a mom and wife living in Louisville whose family includes a toddler, high school junior, and college junior. When she's not doing the Pocoyo dance with her toddler she is either trying out new recipes and craft projects discovered on Pinterest, planning new adventures for her family, shopping on Amazon, or dreaming about Disney.

  30 Responses to “Easy Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe”

  1. Oh man, I love sweet and sour chicken, although I’ve never made it at home before. I think it’s high time I change that!!

  2. This looks so good I’d love to make it. I would love to do a stir fry with beef!

  3. Oh my goodness your sauce looks like perfection!

  4. We love this , I have never made it. I ‘ll have to make it some day.

  5. This looks like an amazing week night dinner- Pinning!

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  7. Oooh this looks so good. Pinned and yummed it!
    This recipe was so popular on our party that you are being featured this week on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Congrats! ♥
    Sinea

  8. This looks and sounds delicious – I’ll have to give it a try! Blessings, Janet

  9. This looks yummy! I make a similar dish with tofu. Found your post at Small Victories Sunday

  10. This dish looks delicious! I’ve never made Chinese food at home, but this recipe seems very doable!

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  12. It’s amazing to me how complicated I always thought Chinese Food was to make. Funny how a few simple ingredients create such wonderful flavor. Thanks for sharing, and I can’t wait to try this one!

    • I expected it to be hard, too, Crystal! But it was really easy, and the more you make it, the faster it goes. We’ve had it another two times since this, since hubs can’t get enough!

  13. Your Sweet and Sour Chicken looks awesome!  Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  15. This looks so tasty! I love Asian food and sweet n sour chicken happens to be one of my favorites! Thank you for sharing your recipe at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

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  17. Hi Liza. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I love Sweet & Sour and I can’t wait to try your recipe. I’m featuring this one at tomorrow’s linky party. Hope to see you again.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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  19. This looks delicious! One of my son’s favorite “Chinese” foods :) Pinning to try later! #SmallVictories

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