Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice in white bowl.

Quick Sweet and Sour Chicken

Chicken, peppers, and pineapple simmered in the best homemade sweet and sour sauce make this easy 15-minute dinner perfect for busy weeknights.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword sweet and sour chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 375 kcal
Author Anna


for the chicken:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks

for the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
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  1. Place chicken in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cornstarch and stir with wooden spoon. Make sure each piece is coated with cornstarch.
  2. In a measuring cup, whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, oil, ketchup, both sugars, pineapple juice and cornstarch. Make sure there are no lumps. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat up oil. Add chicken and cook until golden.
  4. Add diced pepper and onion. Stir in garlic. Saute until the pepper is tender.
  5. Add pineapple chunks and stir gently.
  6. Add sauce mixture to pan and cook on medium low heat. Simmer until thickened.
  7. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. The sauce will thicken even more.
  8. Serve, garnished with chopped green onions, over rice or stir in cooked noodles to make stir fry.
Nutrition Facts
Quick Sweet and Sour Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 764mg33%
Potassium 757mg22%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1075IU22%
Vitamin C 55.7mg68%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.