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Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet & Sour Chicken is on my list of rotating weekly recipes. I don’t know who to source for this recipe because I don’t know where I got it! All I know is I found it when I first got married, wrote it on one of my “newlywed recipe cards” and put it in my “newlywed recipe box.”

The recipes written on those cards and in that box are forever locked in time for about two years and then it became a Pinterest world.

*Note to self….I seriously should write out some of the recipes I’ve found and love on Pinterest because what if the site one day just doesn’t work anymore! I’ll lose it all!

For this sweet and sour chicken you make the sauce yourself…no pre-packed MSG necessary! It’s really easy to make on a weeknight and it’s so delicious! Better than the food court at the mall! (Sarcasm intended.)Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken


1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
chicken cut into little nuggets
¾ cup chopped onion
½ cup red bell pepper (I usually just use a whole red pepper cut into strips)
1 can of Pineapple chunks
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoon dry sherry (or apple juice works well here!)
1 ½ Tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons brown sugar

Sometimes I also add in:
green pepper
carrots cut into strips


  • Heat oil in the skillet, add garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and chicken.
  • Sautee until chicken is done.
  • Remove from pan, set aside.
  • Add onion and veggies to pan, sauté until they are mildly cooked.
  • Drain pineapple, but keep 1/2 cup of the pineapple juice.
  • Add 1 cup of pineapple chunks to pan (I usually just add in the whole can of pineapples because its yummy), cook 30 seconds.
  • In a separate bowl combine soy sauce, sherry, cornstarch, sugar and whisk together until it is blended really well. Make sure the cornstarch is completely blended in because if not it creates these little jelly pockets later and it’s gross….believe me….please learn from my mistake!
  • Return chicken to the pan with the veggies. Pour the sauce from the bowl in to the pan over the chicken and veggies. Bring to a boil then turn off the burner so the juice doesn’t evaporate.

Serve over rice!


I hope you enjoy this tasty and easy weeknight meal! Let me know what you think!!

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Kelly D'Ambrosio

Kelly D’Ambrosio

Kelly is currently the Host of Good Day, a 4 hour-long weekday morning show at WFXL Fox31 in Albany, GA.She has interviewed nationally-known celebrities and also writes “The Buzz”, a daily entertainment segment which is broadcast on Good Day and local radio.Kelly has also produced several special feature stories: filming, writing and editing the projects. She has experience in commercials, theatre, radio, music and dance as well.As the Video Production leader for her church, she helps create content for church ads, sermon aids, bible studies, and informative videos. She enjoys camping with her wonderful husband, Tony, and their “fur kid”, a Beagle-mix named Charlie. Learn more about Kelly by visiting her blog.
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One Response to Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken

  1. Audrey March 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    Sweet and Sour Chicken is always one of my favorites when we go out for Chinese.

    Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays. I hope you’ll be back next week.

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