Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)

Our take saves 446 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 1,260 milligrams of sodium over one serving of a leading chain's sweet and sour chicken.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine egg whites and 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat.

Step 2

Combine remaining 1 teaspoon cornstarch, ketchup, and next 4 ingredients (through soy sauce) in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Step 3

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add bell pepper to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add pineapple, ginger, and onions to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer bell pepper mixture to a plate.

Step 4

Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add chicken mixture, allowing any excess egg white mixture to drip back into bowl. Stir-fry 6 minutes or until chicken is browned and done. Add ketchup mixture and bell pepper mixture to pan. Bring to a simmer; simmer 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Sprinkle with salt; serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

Not-to-Sweet and Sour Chicken

February 23, 2016
This recipe was easy to make, although it took a modest amount of prep time.  I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and whole eggs, but otherwise I followed the recipe.  I loved this recipe because it gave me my sweet and sour chicken fix without the cloying sweetness the dish has in cheap Chinese restaurants.  I served it over brown rice, and it was delicious!


March 09, 2016
My new favorite sweet and sour chicken!  So easy and the kids loved it.  I followed the recipe exactly.  Leftovers were delicious too.

My new favorite recipe!

August 18, 2016
I'm picky about Chinese food so I don't eat it often, but this recipe is amazing. I probably make this twice a least!

not healthy

June 03, 2017
Sorry 18 grams of sugar is not healthy.

Quick and Tasty

January 05, 2016
Super simple and tasty as heck. I am not a huge sweet and sour chicken/pork fan, but the significant other is, and this works well for both of us - it is a perfect quick and healthy meal for when you really want Chinese buffet. :) I found the "breading" of egg whites and cornstarch to be perfect, and there was plenty of sauce for the meal. I don't often heat hot pineapple, but when I do, I am reminded of how delightful it is! 

It's fail-proof!

February 05, 2016
The egg-white-battered chicken stuck to the bottom of the pan so I ended up having small pieces of egg white spattered throughout the finished dish, but even then it was delicious. I was just cooking for two so I used about 10 oz chicken and kept the sauce ingredient portions the same and it was perfect. Will definitely make again!