Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Easily the most popular recipe on my blog, this baked sweet and sour chicken is a miracle of a dish. Baked, not fried, it has been a family favorite for over a decade

This Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is a homemade, healthier version of your favorite Chinese takeout dish. The sweet and sour sauce is made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry or fridge, making this flavorful dish easy to make.

Juicy & Delicious Sweet And Sour Chicken

This baked sweet and sour chicken is topped with a sauce made from sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and some spices. Ingredients that you likely already have in your cupboard combine to create an absolutely delicious sauce. It’s seriously fingering licking good, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Since it’s sweet, it’s always a hit with my kids as well. They almost always ask for seconds.

Serve this baked sweet and sour chicken over rice. To keep it a bit healthier, serve with brown rice instead of white and a side of vegetables. I like to serve this with broccoli, but a nice mix of Chinese vegetables would taste delicious too.

If you love Chinese takeout, you’ll love this healthy sweet and sour chicken recipe!

Crispy Sweet And Sour Chicken Variations

If you have kiddos that won’t eat veggies, you can skip some of these ideas, but sometimes it’s nice to try something different every once in a while. Try these tasty tips:

Pineapple – Adding fruit only enhances the sweetness and pineapple has that tangy flavor that pairs perfectly with the best sweet and sour chicken recipe!

Bell pepper – Toss in some diced red, yellow or green bell peppers. They add flavor and gorgeous vibrant colors.

Onions – Add in a few onions. They help balance all the different flavors of the dish.

Sesame Seeds – Just like the Chinese take-out you are used to, you can add some sesame seeds!

Ginger – The flavor of ginger is terrific when it comes to any homemade Chinese dish. You can’t go wrong! Just add 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon to start. You can always add more later if you wish.

Brown Sugar – If you have a real sweet tooth and you want the sauce to be even sweeter then add in a little bit of brown sugar. I would start by adding 1-2 tablespoons. You don’t want it so sweet it’s not palatable.

Cayenne Pepper – Only add a sprinkle or two. Sweet and sour chicken isn’t a hot dish, but a little bit of pepper only enhances the flavors.

Can I Use Flour Instead Of Cornstarch For Sweet And Sour Chicken?

Yes, if you have an allergy to cornstarch or simply just don’t eat it, you can replace it with flour. You won’t end up with the same texture or flavor you are accustomed to when you eat baked sweet and sour chicken. Don’t worry though; it will still be flavorful and delicious!

What Is The Difference Between Orange Chicken And Sweet And Sour Chicken?

Orange chicken and sweet and sour chicken have many similarities. They are both coated in a breading and fried or baked. This easy sweet and sour chicken recipe has a sauce that is a vinegar & soy sauce base, but orange chicken uses more citrus flavors like orange peels. They are both scrumptious dishes, and I say you should try them both!

How Long Does Sweet And Sour Chicken Last In The Fridge?

You can toss leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. Use your favorite airtight containers (glass or plastic) and put them in the refrigerator. You should periodically check the temperature of your refrigerator to make sure your food is being stored at a safe temp. Use a thermometer to see if the temp is 40 degrees F.

If the homemade sweet and sour chicken has a bad odor, it is going bad and shouldn’t be eaten. Always check your food over if it has been in the refrigerator very long because there will be visible signs it’s not safe to eat. Mold, lots of extra liquid and pungent smells are the most noticeable signs.

Can You Freeze Sweet And Sour Chicken?

Yes, absolutely you can freeze sweet and sour chicken! I love making a double or triple batch of baked sweet and sour chicken and saving the leftovers. Place it in a freezer bag or airtight container, and it will last 3-6 months in the freezer. If you want to have a leisurely meal prepped for lunch, you can place it in individual serving size containers and toss them in your lunch box. Then all you have to do is throw them in the microwave.

TIP: If you are planning to microwave the leftovers, make sure to use a glass bowl because many plastic containers aren’t safe to microwave in.

Serving Ideas For Sweet N Sour Chicken:

Obviously, baked sweet and sour chicken is ideal for dinner, but it is also great for other occasions too. Here are some ideas when this easy sweet and sour recipe is perfect:

Potluck I promise if you bring this to a potluck you aren’t going home with leftovers! Every morsel will get eaten like crazy.

Party If you are hosting a dinner party, this is a meal that seems elegant even though it’s super easy.

Gift  A thoughtful meal always shows that you care. Give it to a sick neighbor, someone who just had a baby or even for a funeral meal. No matter what the occasion, it will be appreciated.

Prep Time: 1hour 

Cook Time: 20minutes 

Total Time: 1hour 20minutes 

This Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is a homemade, healthier version of your favorite Chinese takeout dish. The sweet and sour sauce is made with ingredients you probably already have, making this flavorful dish easy to make.


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt


  1. ⭐Preheat oven to 325F and line a 13 x 9-inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. ⭐Set aside. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  3. ⭐Add cornstarch to a large ziploc bag and add chicken breast. Shake to coat.
  4. ⭐In a shallow bowl, beat together eggs. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling.
  5. ⭐Dip chicken breasts in eggs and add to the skillet. Sear chicken until golden and place in the prepared pan.
  6. ⭐In a medium bowl, combine sugar, ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, and sea salt and whisk.
  7. ⭐Pour over chicken and bake for 1 hour, tossing halfway through.
  8. ⭐Serve with rice.

Calories: 553kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 35gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 178mgSodium: 777mgPotassium: 627mgFiber: 1gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 215IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

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