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Asian Sweet and Sour Chicken



Asian Sweet and Sour Chicken 

I often order Sweet and Sour Chicken or Fish from Asian Style  Restaurants. I love the combination with stir fried veggies over white rice. Over the years I have tried my hand at the ‘PERFECT’ Sweet and sour dish, but it always had something wrong with it. Combining three or four recipes, I found that this one is the taste that I was looking for all along.

Not too sweet. Not too much sauce. Asian Sweet and Sour Chicken – Try it and let me know how it goes! 

Asian Sweet and Sour Chicken 

Recipe Type: Main
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Serves: 4



  • 1 ½ cups chicken boneless breasts cut into large cubes
  • 1 Tbsp Shaoxing Chinese Cooking wine OR Red wine vinegar


  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • ¼ cup  cornstarch/corn flour
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp baking soda


  • 3 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp Red chili Sauce
  • 1 Large slice of ripe pineapple crushed and juice extracted by squeezing the pulp
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp oyster sauce
  • ¼ tsp white pepper powder
  • 2 Tbsp Rice bran oil or Vegetable Oil
  • ½ tsp cornflour mixed in 3 Tbsp water
  • salt to taste


  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into squares
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed lightly
  • 3 Tbsp Scallions/ spring onions whites and greens as garnish
  • Oil for deep frying – peanut oil


  • Marinate the chicken with the Chinese cooking wine for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the sauce ingredients.
  • Stir together all the ingredients for sauce in a bowl and set aside.
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  • Gently crush the garlic, and slice the spring onion whites into 2 ” pieces and slice the greens for garnish as desired.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Mix the ingredients for the batter till smooth and add to the marinated chicken. Toss well.
  • Add the chicken in batches and fry on medium heat till golden.
  • Drain on kitchen paper towels.
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  • Heat 2 Tbsp of the oil used for frying in a wok, add the garilic and saute till golden. Also add the spring onion whites and Green Bell pepper and allow to soften.
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  • Add the sauce ingredients and allow to bring to a simmer, stirring.
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  • Allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Add the chicken and toss quickly.
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  • Drain away any extra sauce if you prefer a light sauced coating.
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  • Serve immediately over hot rice!


Asian Sweet and Sour Chicken


  • If making ahead of time, prepare the sauce and cook the sauce to a thickened texture and reserve.
  • Fry the chicken and add to sauce at time of serving.
  • You can use the same method to prepare sweet and sour fish, but add 1 egg lightly beaten to the batter and use firm fleshed  white fish.
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