Sweet and Sour Chicken

This is yet another winning recipe from Melanie at My Kitchen Cafe. She used to have this recipe up on her favorites bar, and I knew I wanted to make it from my first visit to her site. It looked exactly like something Mike would love, and I was right. He raved about this when I made it, and even when I heated up the leftovers the second night. It tastes just like sweet and sour chicken you would order in a restaurant. It’s a little messy and time consuming to make, but totally worth it. It’s gotten rave reviews on Melanie’s site, and as I mentioned, Mike and I both loved it.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken


3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil

¾ cup sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
½ cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt


Cut chicken into chunks. Season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken into cornstarch and then in egg. Fry in a little bit of oil until brown but not cooked through. Place in a single layer in a baking dish. Mix sauce ingredients together and pour over the chicken.

Bake for one hour at 325 degrees. 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 6-8 minutes. I decided to make the extra sauce and I'm glad I did, especially since we re-heated it the next night also.

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28 Responses to “Sweet and Sour Chicken”

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — January 8, 2010 @ 2:35 am

    I haven't made too many dishes like this at home, but I'd love to.

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    Alison — January 8, 2010 @ 2:38 am

    I love sweet and sour chicken, but just haven't tried making it myself! I may have to try one! Looks great!

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    Melanie — January 8, 2010 @ 3:05 am

    So glad you like this! (Your husband and mine must have similar food tastes!)

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    Pam — January 8, 2010 @ 3:26 am

    I love sweet and sour chicken but have never made it at home. This recipe looks perfect.

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    Karly — January 8, 2010 @ 3:40 am

    My husband loves sweet and sour chicken! Thanks for the recipe…looks delicious!

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    megan — January 8, 2010 @ 3:50 am

    Melanie – Thanks so much for another great recipe. I'm trying to pace myself so I'm not constantly cooking things from your site :)

    Pam – if you're going to make sweet and sour chicken, this is definitely the recipe I'd recommend – I haven't seen any negative reviews! :)

    Karly – This dish is proven to be popular with the husbands :)

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    marzipanmom — January 8, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    It looks so easy! I think my daughter will love this too!

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    Emily — January 8, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    I'm a new follower – I found you through Kristin's page. Your sweet and sour chicken recipe looks so good I'm going to make it for dinner tonight! :) I really want to try the gingerbread pancakes on my children some time, they also look good!

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    megan — January 8, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    Emily – Welcome! Thanks for saying hi :) I hope you like this recipe as much as we did :)

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 8, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

    Ooh, that looks delicious! I love sweet and sour chicken but I've never found a recipe that I love. Adding this to my list of things to make!

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    Jennie — January 8, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    Wow! This looks so good! Bookmarking this one for sure!

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    Emily — January 9, 2010 @ 12:24 am

    Just to update you, my entire family LOVED it! :) When you get all 5 of us on the same page, it is amazing! Thank you! Very very good!

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    megan — January 9, 2010 @ 3:35 am

    Emily – I'm so glad your whole family loved it! Thanks for stopping back to let me know. :)

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    www.dhaleb.com — January 11, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    I love this! It looks sooooo GOOD!

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    beth — January 11, 2010 @ 9:05 pm

    This looks great Megan! We love Sweet and Sour Chicken. I love your blog too.

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    Live.Love.Eat — January 12, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

    This looks delicious too!!!!!! I can almost taste it.

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    Carolyn Jung — January 14, 2010 @ 1:51 am

    One never tires of sweet and sour anything. The flavors just wake up the palate no matter what time of year. You have me craving some now.

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    Megan Wilson — January 15, 2010 @ 3:17 am

    My brother and I just made this for dinner, it was delicious! We added a couple of handfuls of cut up pineapple to the chicken halfway through the baking! It turned out great, our family loved it!

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    megan — January 15, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    Megan – I'm so glad you liked it! Pineapple sounds so good in this, I think I'll add that next time as well :)

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    Helen — January 18, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    One of the best recipes I have ever tried! We had it this past Saturday and my daughter asked me to cook it again today.

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    megan — January 21, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    Helen – I'm so glad you and your daughter both liked it! Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know :)

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    timelessmoment05 — January 24, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    That looks amazing! Sweet and sour chicken is one of my favorites!

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    Kristin — March 17, 2010 @ 2:31 am

    we had this for dinner tonight. everyone loved it, which is really a feat! thanks so much:)

    oh and i almost completely botched the recipe by thinking it said corn syrup instead of corn starch. ha! that would have been something else.

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    snbjork — May 21, 2010 @ 1:29 am

    Wow was this ever delicious. I made this for our dinner tonight and am very happy that there are plenty of leftovers for tomorrow as well! I took your advice and made extra sauce and I'm glad I did. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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    megan — July 21, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    snbjork – I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know. Sorry for the delayed response to your comment, but I love hearing positive reviews!

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    Kat — January 23, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    Yummy! And very easy to make

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    Barb — September 30, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    Ooh my husband would absolutely LOVE this! I planned on making the BBQ chicken recipe but now I’m not sure! Thanks for sharing! Oh and have you tried frying in coconut oil? I made empanadas last week and fried them in coconut oil! Couldn’t even tell the difference! :)

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