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Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

MAKE EASY SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN AT HOME THAT TASTES WAY BETTER THAN TAKE OUT! STICKY SWEET & SOUR GLAZE AND TENDER, JUICY CHICKEN! SERVE OVER RICE FOR AN EASY, QUICK DINNER
Course chicken, Dinner
Cuisine American, asian
Keyword chicken, easy, how to make, rice, sweet sour
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 people
Author Divas Can Cook

Ingredients

SAUCE

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup or chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

CHICKEN

  • 2 lbs chicken breast cut into bite-size cubes
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch may need more or less
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • canola oil for frying

GARNISH

  • sesame seeds
  • green onion

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • To make the sauce combine all the sauce ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. (make this a few hours ahead for best results if possible, as sauce gets better as it sits)
  • Season chicken generously with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle chicken with cornstarch and toss until each piece is completely coated.
  • Place beaten eggs in a bowl.
  • Dip each chicken piece in the egg, let excess drip off and then place on a plate.
  • Heat oil until VERY hot in a deep skillet. (Oil must be super hot)
  • Fry chicken pieces quickly so that just the outside becomes golden and crisp (about 30 seconds per side. The inside will not be done)
  • Place chicken on paper towels to drain.
  • Place chicken in a single layer on a baking dish.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and toss to coat.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  • Switch the oven to broil and broil until chicken is cooked through and sauce begins to get sticky. (watch carefully as it's easy to burn the chicken during the broiling stage. Be careful not to overcook to prevent drying out the chicken. I always check often) *see note
  • When done, plate chicken over rice (if desired) and spoon on the extra sauce.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.

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Notes

*If you prefer not to broil the chicken, then let chicken continue cooking for another 30 minutes until cooked through. If you accidentally cooked your chicken too much in the frying stage then you may not need to cook it this long. Be sure to check the chicken for doneness to prevent over cooking and drying out the chicken.