Sweet and Sour Chicken

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cook:20 mins
additional:10 mins
total:1 hr
prep:30 mins
Yield:8 servings


1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained (juice reserved)
¼ cup cornstarch
1 ¾ cups water, divided
¾ cup white sugar
½ cup distilled white vinegar
2 drops orange food color
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch cubes
2 ¼ cups self-rising flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 egg
1 ½ cups water
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
2 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces


Step 1

In a saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, vinegar, reserved pineapple juice, and orange food coloring. Heat to boiling. Turn off heat. Combine 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; slowly stir into saucepan. Continue stirring until mixture thickens.
Step 2

Combine flour, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, salt, white pepper, and egg. Add 1 1/2 cups water gradually to make a thick batter. Stir to blend thoroughly. Add chicken pieces, and stir until chicken is well coated.
Step 3

Heat oil in skillet or wok to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C). Fry chicken pieces in hot oil 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove chicken, and drain on paper towels.
Step 4

When ready to serve, layer green peppers, pineapple chunks, and cooked chicken pieces on a platter. Pour hot sweet and sour sauce over top.

Editor’s Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving:
639 calories; protein 59.2g; carbohydrates 56.2g; fat 18.4g; cholesterol 160.1mg; sodium 758.6mg.

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