This baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is truly amazing! It’s been a family favorite for years and is better than any takeout. It’s so simple to make!
This baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is hands down the best sweet and sour chicken I’ve ever had. I can honestly say it’s better than takeout. I posted this recipe almost seven years ago and decided it definitely needed to be shared again with new pictures and updated instructions.
Every time I make this, my boys literally get giddy. It’s so, so good. Chicken pieces are dipped in beaten eggs, then in cornstarch and then cooked in a little hot oil to brown. Then you bake them in the most delicious sweet and sour sauce.
You can serve this with white rice, but I highly suggest our favorite yellow rice. It goes so perfectly with this chicken and is so good with some of the sweet and sour sauce drizzled over it.
I got this recipe probably over 20 years ago from my grandma. It’s been a family favorite for years and is in our family cookbook that my Aunt Debbie compiled years ago. I think my aunt is actually the one who gave the recipe to my grandma, so she should get credit for it :).Our family cookbook is one of my favorite cookbooks ever. It has all of our favorite family favorites recipes that hold so many memories for all of us. My copy is in shambles — pages have fallen out, the cover is torn off, there is food spilled on the pages, pages are torn and some pages are hanging on by a thread. It’s been well used and is priceless to me.
Here is what it looks like:
This is just a few of the pages that have fallen out. Some of the instructions are very vague and some recipes don’t even have the titles on them, but we know what they are. Like I said, it’s priceless.
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- 3 to 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into pieces
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Put beaten egg into a pie plate or shallow dish. Pour cornstarch into another pie plate or shallow dish.
- Dip each piece of chicken into beaten egg and then into the cornstarch, covering entire piece of chicken.
- Pour enough oil to cover the bottom of a large skillet. Heat the oil over medium heat until very hot.
- Place the coated chicken pieces into the hot oil, in a single layer. Cook for 20-30 seconds, on each side until the crust is barely golden (the chicken will not be cooked all the way through). Place the chicken pieces in a single layer in a 9X13-inch baking dish. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.
- In small saucepan mix all the sauce ingredients. Stir and heat through until sugar is dissolved. Pour over browned chicken.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 60 minutes, turning chicken pieces once during the baking time.
I usually one and a half the sauce recipe because we like lots of sauce. We love to drizzle it over our family favorite rice that I make every time I serve this chicken. I pour all of it over the chicken and then we just scoop it out of the pan. You could also pour most the sauce over the chicken and save a little and then use that for drizzling.
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: Chinese
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Originally posted on 05/22/2012