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A yummy Chinese American favorite, tastes just like take out! An easy batter recipe for crispy chicken chunks. A simple sauce recipe made with ketchup and pineapple juice, perfect as a dipping sauce. Crispy Pineapple Sweet and Sour Chicken

Crispy Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Crispy Pineapple Sweet and Sour Chicken is a yummy Chinese American favorite. Tastes just like take out! An easy batter recipe for crispy chicken chunks covered in a homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian, Chinese
Keyword crispy sweet and sour, Sweet and Sour Chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people


Chicken Marinade

  • 1 lb /500g boneless chicken breast sliced in strips
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce for marinade
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing Wine Chinese Rice Wine for marinade
  • 1 clove minced garlic for marinade
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch for marinade

Chicken Batter

  • 1 cup flour for batter
  • 1 egg for batter
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch for batter
  • ½ teaspoon salt for batter
  • teaspoons baking powder

Sweet and Sour Vegetables

  • oil for frying
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into small cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into small cubes
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks reserve juice for sauce
  • ½ white onion cut into wedges

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • ½ cup ketchup for sauce
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar for sauce
  • ¾ cup sugar for sauce
  • juice from pineapple can for sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce for sauce
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch for slurry
  • 4 teaspoons water for slurry


  • Place the boneless chicken strips into a bowl with the soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, minced garlic and cornstarch. Mix and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a saucepan, place the ketchup, rice wine vinegar, sugar, pineapple juice and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer. Prepare a cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch and water. Add the to sweet and sour sauce and allow to simmer for another minute. Remove from heat, cover and set aside.
  • To make the batter, mix together the flour, egg, cornstarch, salt, baking powder in a bowl. In small batches, take the marinated chicken pieces and toss in the batter. In a wok or frying pan, heat 1 cup of oil until hot. Fry the batter chicken pieces in the wok for for about 3-5 minutes until it's cooked and golden brown. Remove and allow to drain on a paper towel on a plate. Repeat until all the chicken is cooked.
  • To prepare the vegetables, heat 1 tablespoon fresh oil in a wok until hot and fry the onions and bell peppers and pineapple chunks for about 1 minute. Return the crispy chicken pieces back to the wok and pour over the sweet and sour sauce. Toss to coat, serve with steamed white rice.