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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Ginny Branch


Hands-on time 23 mins
Total time 23 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1/2 cup rice, about 1 cup chicken mixture, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds)
Powdered peanut butter (which you'll find on the nut butters aisle) adds richness here; if you'd rather not use it, sub more flour. Find plum sauce in the Asian foods section.


  • 1/4 cup mirin (sweet rice wine) or 1/4 cup dry sherry mixed with 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast tenders, cut into (2-inch) pieces
  • 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons quick-mixing flour (such as Wondra)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon plum sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (8.8-ounce) package precooked white rice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Nutrition Information

  • calories 474
  • fat 16.6 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • monofat 8.4 g
  • polyfat 4.4 g
  • protein 31 g
  • carbohydrate 50 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 77 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 523 mg
  • calcium 34 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine mirin and egg in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add chicken; toss to coat. Let stand 5 minutes; drain well.

  2. Combine powdered peanut butter and next 3 ingredients (through sugar) in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add chicken; toss well to coat. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.

  3. Heat pan over high heat. Add onions and bell pepper; stir-fry 1 minute. Combine 5 tablespoons water and next 4 ingredients (through Worcestershire) in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add chicken and ketchup mixture to pan; cook 1 minute, tossing to coat.

  4. Divide rice among 4 plates; top with chicken mixture. Sprinkle evenly with cilantro leaves and sesame seeds.

Cook's Notes

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