Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
8 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

This home-style sweet-and-sour chicken has a lighter, fresher-tasting sauce than typical restaurant versions. And because the color red is considered lucky, the dish's crimson hue will bring good fortune for the Year of the Ox.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce, and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a medium bowl. Add chicken; stir well to coat. Set aside.

Step 2

Combine chicken broth, remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch, brown sugar, remaining 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, chile paste, and sesame oil.

Step 3

Heat 1/2 teaspoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced onion, bell peppers, and green onions to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Transfer to a bowl.

Step 4

Heat remaining 2 1/2 teaspoons canola oil in pan. Add chicken mixture to pan, and spread in an even layer; cook, without stirring, 1 minute. Sauté an additional 3 minutes or until chicken is done.

Step 5

Return vegetable mixture to pan. Add soy sauce mixture and pineapple, stirring well to combine. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute or until thickened, stirring constantly.

Ratings & Reviews

sukeedog's Review

September 01, 2013

althea6801's Review

June 11, 2013
Yum! A bit time consuming, but worth it. I didn't have the rice wine and it still tasted great!

Cansas's Review

March 11, 2013

Emz101's Review

February 25, 2013
Fantastic, I followed the recipe with some small substitutions for what I had on hand. I used chicken stock instead of rice wine, regular soy sauce for the whole recipe, sweet spicy chili sauce instead of chili paste and white wine vinegar instead of rice vinegar. I also added zucchini and broccoli to up the vegetables and cooked the veg and chicken together. It ended up flavorful and satisfying which is so important when your trying to lose weight. I served it with a side of wide rice noodles. I will def make this again.

soontobe's Review

October 31, 2012

kristenfc's Review

August 16, 2012
Made for a Chinese-themed book club meeting...yum, yum, yum! Really enjoyed it.

foxegurl266's Review

April 17, 2011
Turned out better than I expected. Definitely use all the ingredients. Very good. My husband enjoyed this too.

Bacardigirl's Review

April 12, 2011
Not a bad recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken. A bit time consuming, but worth it in the end..nice flavors and just the right amount of spice.

Avivale's Review

February 01, 2011
A good and healthy weeknight dinner. I decided that I prefer a Chinese brown sauce over this one. But with the chili sauce this does have a satisfying kick. Instead of the bell peppers, I used half a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies.

msuchoas's Review

January 21, 2011
Great dinner. My husband and I both liked it. We used samba olek for the chili paste.