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Sweet and Sour Chicken

This Sweet and Sour Chicken might be the best recipe I ever tried. Chicken coated in a sweet and sticky sauce, full of flavor, loaded with veggies...
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: main dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Author: Mihaela K. Sebrek


  • 500 grams chicken breasts (1 lb) cut in cubes
  • 3 spring onions chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 carrot sliced in thin rounds
  • 3 tablespoons oil you can use any kind of oil, I love sesame or peanut oil


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 125 ml cold water (1/2 cup)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 250 ml water (1 cup)


  • oil for frying



  • Cube the chicken (if you cut them too small, they can easily overcook).
  • In a bowl mix all dry ingredients for batter. Pour water and whisk until it is lump-free. Add cubed chicken, stir well to coat the chicken. Set aside.

For the sauce:

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and stir well. Bring to a boil, and simmer on low heat for 5-7 minutes.


  • Heat the frying oil in a large pan. The temperature should be 180Cº (355Fº), or if you don't have a thermometer, insert a wooden spoon into the oil, the oil will bubble around the stick when it's ready for frying.
  • Fry chicken in batches, do not overcrowd the pan. Stir chicken throughout the frying so pieces don't stick together. Frying time will depend on the size of chicken pieces, about 5 minutes (or when they are golden brown). Remove the chicken from the pan and let it drain on paper towels.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in your pan or wok.
  • Add carrots, bell peppers, and onion and stir fry for 3 - 4 minutes, then add spring onion and fry for 1 minute more.
  • Pour in the prepared sweet and sour sauce, stir and simmer for few minutes.
  • Stir in deep-fried chicken.
  • Serve immediately.
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