Sweet and Sour Chicken

by Erin

Like many food bloggers, before I started my own I followed and cooked from many food blogs. But of course none of them were documented other than a printed copy of the recipe with my changes or thoughts written around the margins. While digging through said stack of printed recipes (before I discovered the glory of saving recipes as PDFs), I rediscovered this recipe for sweet and sour chicken.

Growing up, sweet and sour chicken was my absolute favorite Chinese option. Probably because it had pineapple and no icky vegetables – oh how much my tastes have changed! Later down the road, when I found this recipe it had been quite a while since I had had a plate of my childhood favorite. Both then and the most recent time I’ve cooked it I really enjoy that it does not require a vat of hot oil to fry the chicken. You do first fry it in a little canola oil but then let the oven to the rest. The sauce caramelizes a bit over the chicken giving you a tender center and a slightly crispy exterior – just the way it should be.

Need further validation? Qing asked me where I got it from when I brought the leftovers in for lunch. She couldn’t believe I made it and after letting her try it she said it tasted authentic too!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Also some fun news. Yesterday my dissertation finally cleared all it’s checks and was approved for publishing. Additionally I’ve completed all my Ph.D. requirements (aka paperwork) and have been approved for graduation! Not that I didn’t think it would happen but what a relief that it’s all done. Now all I have to do is clean up a couple new experiments to appease the reviewers of my research paper submission to be published (oh and find that thing called a J-O-B). Don’t worry I’ll let you know when I’m pubmed-able ;-).

One year ago: Scooter’s Spaghetti


Serves 4



3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup ketchup

1/2 cup rice vinegar (may use white)

1 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce

1 tsp garlic powder


3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 cup cornstarch

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Working in two batches, toss the chicken pieces in cornstarch and then coat with the egg.
  5. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat and again in two batches, brown the chicken, turning it so that all sides are browned.
  6. Place the chicken in a single layer in a prepared baking dish. Pour sauce evenly over the chicken. Turn the chicken to ensure each piece is coated.
  7. Bake for 1 hour, turning the chicken every 15 minutes. Serve with rice and steamed vegetables.

Source: Adapted slightly from Brown Eyed Baker.


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nicole @ I am a Honey Bee October 29, 2013 - 3:44 pm

congrats on your dissertation!!!

spiffycookie October 30, 2013 - 11:35 am

Thank you Nicole!

Jessica - The Novice Chef October 29, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Congrats on getting ready to graduate! I’m sure that feels amazing!! :-)

spiffycookie October 30, 2013 - 11:36 am

It does! I’d feel better knowing I had a job lined up already, but keeping my hopes up that I impress someone :-)

Michelle October 29, 2013 - 2:00 pm

This is so wonderful, I’m glad you liked it! And congratulations on your PhD – such an amazing accomplishment!

spiffycookie October 30, 2013 - 11:36 am

Thank you Michelle!

kelly @ livelovepasta October 29, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Love Sweet & Sour Chicken! This looks so amazing.

Tracey October 29, 2013 - 10:19 am

I love this recipe too, we made it a lot last winter! I kind of forget about it with warmer weather, so thanks for the reminder!

Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines October 29, 2013 - 9:39 am

Wow….sweet and sour chicken that’s baked. Color me happy. This is one of the few Asian foods that Dudette enjoys so I think she’ll love this. It looks delicious.

Zainab @ Blahnik Baker October 29, 2013 - 9:34 am

Hmmm this is one of my favorites too! I just had a discussion about sweet and sour chicken last night with my sister and I was going to introduce her to it. Thanks for the recipe! PS: Let me know when I can Pubmed u!!!


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