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Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice in white bowl.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

This sweet and sour chicken is made with boneless skinless chicken breast, peppers, and pineapple simmered in the best homemade sweet and sour sauce. This is an 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 375kcal
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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a large skillet, heat up oil. Add chicken and cook until golden.
  • Add diced pepper and onion. Stir in garlic. Saute until the pepper is tender.
  • Add pineapple chunks and stir gently.
  • Add sauce mixture to pan and cook on medium low heat. Simmer until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. The sauce will thicken even more.
  • Serve, garnished with chopped green onions, over rice or stir in cooked noodles to make stir fry.


  1. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate.
  2. This recipe also works with pork. I think pork goes very well with pineapple and the sweet and sour sauce. It's delicious!


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 764mg | Potassium: 757mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 1075IU | Vitamin C: 55.7mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.2mg