Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

42 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 81% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Sweet and Sour Chicken....Since my husband and I love Chinese food, I have often tried to duplicate some dishes at home. Sweet and sour chicken or orange chicken is always a favorite So when we crave it, I make this BIG batch that I freeze in batches.The chicken pieces crisps up very nicely in the toaster oven. I often make my own sauce adding orpange peel. But, when I don't have the time I just use a store bought duck sauce. ...like I did in this recipe.


8 half chicken breasts
2 1/4 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp pepper; (or more)
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 egg
2 cups Water
2 tsp onion powder; (optional)
oil; for frying

Original recipe makes 12 Servings



Cut up chicken in bite size pieces. Season with pepper, 1/2(or so) tsp salt and 1 tsp onion powder. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp onion powder, baking powder, and cornstarch. Mix oil, egg and water.

Incorporate the dry with the wet ingredients to make like a pancake batter. Pour batter over cut up chicken and mix to coat all pieces. Heat oil to about 350 degrees. Using a fork, pick up chicken pieces (covered in batter) and scrape the excess batter off using the edge of the bowl. Place in hot oil and deep fry until golden. Do not overcrowd. Drain on paper towels.

You can use the chicken then or let cool and place in small bags and freeze. If using later from freezer, defrost in the toaster oven at 450 degrees until nice and crispy.

Vegetables and sauce:

1 bell pepper, diced, any color or a mix

1/2 onion , diced

2-3 garlic cloves sliced or minced

2-3 bunches green onion , cut up in 2 inch pieces

1-2 tsp sesame seeds

2 tsp olive oil

1/3-1/2 cup duck sauce

8- 10 chicken pieces

In a large skillet, heat oil till hot. Add peppers and onion.Stir fry for 1-2 minutes...not too long, you still want them to be crisp. Add garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add about 1/2 cup sauce(or more depending how much chicken you add). Cook till hot about 30 seconds or so. Add crispy chicken and mix to coat with sauce. Add green onion.Take off heat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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I love it. My only compliant is that it's greasy. But no complaint about the flavor. So if you don't mind a few extra pounds on you belly, I recommend it
ovatsug2000 8m ago

Directions are terrible. The chicken amount differs from the serving amount for the sauce. The sauce ingredients aren't listed in the proper ingredient list so Big Oven's shopping list didn't get all the items. It didn't tell how much oil to use for the chicken. What a disaster.
charlesangerstein 9m ago

chantellosejo 1y ago

Loved it
Primrose998 1y ago

good, really good!
jhuman 1y ago

The vegetables and sauce ingredients were not listed at the appropaite field therefore did not come up in my grocery list...I wasnt able to do the recipe
YPV 1y ago

I loved this. My 19 month old, 4 yr and 8 yr old loved it too. I used coconut oil to fry it in and it was wonderful. I was out of flour so I used whole wheat bread crumbs and it was great! I also didn't have egg and it didn't matter. For the duck sauce, well of course I didn't have any, or any if the ingredients to make any so I mixed up a sweet and sour recipe of sorts : balsamic vinegar, ketchup and brown sugar. I didn't have red peppers so I used broccoli. Was delish! No rice, served with couscous! Don't be afraid to cook with no ingredients!
Mamasrunning 1y ago

loved the recipe this was great. Batter came out nice and crispy added a little more salt than recommended and it was tasty. Used the orange juice and zest which gave it a great taste.
dgarth1301 2y ago

Didn't see ingridients for the sauce until it was too late. Used a different sauce, kids loved it
LarisaS 2y ago

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