Baked Sweet and sour chicken in a bowl over white rice.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Ditch the take-out! This homemade Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is healthier and so easy to make. It’s juicy and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Then coated in an amazing sauce that will make your taste buds want more.

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Baked Sweet and sour chicken in a white baking dish and garnished with green onions.

This sweet and sour baked chicken is one of my family’s favorite recipes. When we have it we like to serve it with egg rolls, cream cheese won tons or Homemade Chicken Fried Rice. If you like this recipe, you will definitely want to try our Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl, Bang Bang Chicken, or our Sesame Chicken.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken Ingredients

Sweet and sour chicken has always been one of my favorite Chinese food take-out dishes. But I always don’t want to go out or pick it up. So I came up with a recipes that uses basic ingredients and easy to make. That will create a yummy weeknight dinner that your entire family will love.

I recommend serving this over white or brown rice. I also like to sprinkle some sesame seeds over the top for presentation.

  • Chicken: Use boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch chunks. Try to keep them the same size as possible.
  • Cornstarch: The secret to this recipe is cornstarch. It makes to breading so light and crispy!
  • Eggs: Helps the cornstarch make a light and fluffy breading.
  • Oil: Only a little canola oil is needed for sautéing, light olive oil will work well too.
  • Sugar: A combination of white and brown sugar is what gives the chicken its sweet flavor.
  • Ketchup: Adds so much flavor and is what gives the sauce its color.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This is what gives the chicken its sour flavor. If you are not a fan of the sour flavor I recommend using rice wine vinegar. It has a milder flavor and won’t be as strong as apple cider vinegar.
  • Soy Sauce: I prefer to use lite soy sauce to keep the sodium down.
  • Garlic: I love using fresh minced garlic for the flavor. But in a pinch, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder can be substituted.
  • Salt & Pepper: This can be adjusted to your liking.
  • Green Onion: Used to garnish the chicken and adds a wonderful pop of color.
All the ingredients needed to make sweet and sour chicken.

How to Make Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  • Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces and add to a large bowl.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and stir to coat. Add in cornstarch and toss until all chicken is completely coated; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic; set aside.
  • beat eggs in a medium bowl, then one at a time dip the coated chicken into the eggs, and place on a plate.
  • Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Separate the chicken into 3 batches. Then add in 1 batch of chicken at a time and cook until light brown, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all 3 batches are cooked.
  • Transfer chicken to the prepared baking dish. Pour sweet and sour sauce over the top and stir until well combined. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to coat the chicken.
  • Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.
Close up of baked sweet and sour chicken in a white bowl.

Tips

  • Make It Even: Cut the chicken into even pieces. This will help the chicken cook evenly so it doesn’t dry out or overcook.
  • Flash Fry: They key to making a crispy outer layer and tender chicken in the center. Is to flash fry the chicken just enough to crisp up the batter. This gives the sauce something to stick to.
  • Batter: I have experimented with several different batters when developing this recipe. I have found that cornstarch and eggs make the best light and crispy breading. I found that thicker batters became doughy and soggy in the baking process.
  • Low & Slow: You might think that baking the chicken for an hour would dry out the chicken. But baking it at a low temperature for a long period of time. Makes the chicken fall-apart tender and thickens up the sweet and sour sauce.

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes, boneless skinless chicken thighs are a great option. They are more flavorful and will be juicier than chicken breasts. Just trim off any excess fat from the chicken and coat them in egg and cornstarch.

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Baked Sweet and sour chicken in a bowl over white rice.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ditch the take-out! This homemade Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is healthier and so easy to make. It's juicy and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Then coated in an amazing sauce that will make your taste buds want more.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Chicken, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6
Calories 553 kcal

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup canola oil

Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • cup ketchup
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp green onion (diced)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  • Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces and add to a large bowl.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and stir to coat. Add in cornstarch and toss until all chicken is completely coated; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic; set aside.
  • beat eggs in a medium bowl, then one at a time dip the coated chicken into the eggs, and place on a plate.
  • Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Separate the chicken into 3 batches. Then add in 1 batch of chicken at a time and cook until light brown, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all 3 batches are cooked.
  • Transfer chicken to the prepared baking dish. Pour sweet and sour sauce over the top and stir until well combined. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to coat the chicken.
  • Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 553kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 35gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 178mgSodium: 777mgPotassium: 627mgFiber: 1gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 215IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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