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The smell greets you first.  And once that heady aroma hits, it starts to make your mouth water and your tummy grumble, even before the thick saucy goodness touches your lips.  This family favorite of Sweet n’ Sour Chicken looks and tastes like nothing you’d order in any restaurant.  Most noteworthy it has big chunks of chicken, pineapple, cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers over a nice bed of rice.

What makes it more mouth watering and tempting is that it’s made with Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken. Most of all, it’s locally grown chicken with no antibiotics ever.  Knowing what you are serving your family is healthy and good for you is an amazing piece of mind and allows you to enjoy that meal even more.

Family dinners are so important and sometimes hard to achieve.  Nicely, you can throw together this Sweet n’ Sour Chicken easily during the week. Providing them a simple, healthy meal with Foster Farm Simply Raised Chickens will make this a new family dinner comfort food.

Foster Farms is all about the new comfort food, which has that healthy balance of good finds while also being something you crave filled with local seasonal ingredients.  Quick easy prep time while having only a few ingredients. And fall is all about finding those new comfort food recipes.  Find even more on the Foster Farm site, here.  

First introduced to this new Sweet n’ Sour Chicken many years ago when Jason and I first got together and never liking sweet n’ sour sauce before I was very leery of trying this dish.  Jason finally made it one evening for dinner and now it’s what I usually request for my birthday dinner. It’s simply amazing, to say the least.

Everything you need for this dish is simple and nothing you haven’t heard of before.  You may even find have everything you need for it on hand.  Most items are staples to any kitchen, but you may need to head to the store for the Foster Farm Simply Raised Chicken

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Comfort Food of Sweet n’ Sour Chicken

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Main Dish

First of all, start out by cooking the chicken pieces (3/4-inch pieces) in oil in the skillet over medium heat until brown, at least 15 minutes.

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While that is cooking prepare your sweet n’ sour sauce.

Sweet n’ Sour Sauce

To make the sauce, drain the juice from 1 can (13 1/4oz) pineapple chunks into measuring cup.  Reserve the pineapple chunks.  Mix 1/3 cup of the juice from the pineapple juice, 1/2 cup each of sugar, water, vinegar and ketchup, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce and 1/8 teaspoon red pepper sauce.

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Continuing the Main Dish

After the chicken is cooked, sprinkle with the soy sauce and salt.

For us, we tend to move the chicken from the skillet into a big pot to do the rest, but you may leave it in the skillet if it’s big enough. Since we normally double or even triple the batch, it’s just overall easier.

Now pour the sweet n’ sour sauce over the chicken and heat to a boil then reduce heat.  And now cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.

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Lastly, mix the cornstarch and water and stir into the chicken mixture.  Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil & stir for one minute.  Stir in reserved pineapple chunks, the green pepper, and tomatoes; heat until pineapple and tomatoes are hot.  *You may also put the vegetables in when you first add in the chicken if you so choose*

Finally, serve the chicken mixture over rice and sprinkle with peanuts if desired.

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Sweet n’ Sour Chicken Recipe

Sweet n’ Sour Chicken

Sweet n’ Sour Chicken

Ingredients

  • Main Dish:
  • 1 pound chicken, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Sweet N' Sour Sauce:
  • 1 can (13 1/4oz) Pineapple Chunks
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice (from the can)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper sauce
  • Continuing the Main Dish:
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Reserved Pineapple chunks
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • cooked rice
  • optional peanuts

Instructions

  1. Cook and stir chicken pieces in oil in skillet over medium heat until brown, at least 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare your sweet n' sour while the chicken cooks.
  3. Drain juice from 1 can of pineapple chunks into measuring cup. Reserve the pineapple chunks. Mix 1/3 cup of the pineapple juice, 1/2 cup each of sugar, water, vinegar and ketchup, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce and 1/8 teaspoon red pepper sauce.
  4. Once chicken is cooked sprinkle with 1 teaspoon soy sauce and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  5. Then pour sweet n' sour sauce over the chicken. Heat to a boil and then reduce heat.
  6. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water and stir into chicken mixture.
  8. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.
  9. Boil and stir for one minute.
  10. Stir in reserved pineapple chunks, green pepper, and tomatoes.
  11. Heat until pineapple and tomatoes are hot.
  12. Serve over rice.
  13. optional to top with peanuts

Notes

We usually double or triple the batch to make enough to have leftovers

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Voilà you have a new comfort food favorite, I hope, as it’s one of mine and doesn’t take long at all.  

Your Thoughts

Will you be trying this Sweet N’ Sour Chicken made with Foster Farm Simply Raised Chicken to find out if it will be one of your new comfort foods?  Or will you be checking out Foster Farm Simply Raised Chicken site and seeing what other new comfort foods you’ll be trying?  I can’t wait to hear what you’ll be trying!

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  • Michelle

    delicious

  • Carmita Barnes

    I can’t wait to try this !!!

    • Remember to come back and let me know what you thought when you do!!

  • Zoey

    This look so yummy! I think my mom would love this recipe.

    • It’s so yummy! Maybe you should make it for your Mom? 😉

  • slr11

    All I need is the pineapple and a green pepper and I’m ready to go. Putting them on my grocery list!

    • Please come back and let me know what you thought once you make it. I’d love to hear what other thought of it too.

  • Kristin K

    I love Sweet’n Sour chicken! My mouth waters just saying it! I especially love the photo you used for this dish…looks absolutely scrumtious! YUM!

    • Thanks Kristin! I loved the way that first photo ended up, just the right angle.

      • Kristin Knudsen

        Definitely! I love the colors of the dish, and you had the plate poised just right, with the white of the rice against the chicken and veggies!

  • Yum! This looks so delicious! I like how it looks so easy to make!

    Polly
    http://gemsandjoy.com

    • It’s really so easy. It seems like it would be time consuming, but it totally isn’t.

  • Outrun1986

    These look like great foods.

  • Awesome! I’m going to have to try this!

    • Do Meghan! Then come back and tell me what you think of it. I’d love to hear others make it and hear their thoughts!

  • Lindsay G

    I really love sweet n sour chicken! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe

    • Do Lindsay! It’s funny cause I like it okay other places, but this by far is my favorite. Totally different taste.

  • slehan

    You’re right that this looks much better than what you get in a restaurant. YUM!

    slehan at juno dot com

    • It’s so thick and amazing! Love the big chunks it has it.

  • Your photos are making my mouth water! Yum! I think I need to go eat something now haha

  • Francine Anchondo

    This looks tasty. WIll have to add this to my dinner rotation.

    • Great!! Please try and remember to come back and let me know what you thought of it once you try it out too!

  • SincerelyShannon

    Yum! This is making be hungry. Love finding healthier and tastier versions of take out chinese food.

    • Right? And you can always try cutting down on the sugar portion to even make it healthier.

  • Dina Demarest

    That looks amazing! I need to pick this up to have on hand next week for dinner. My kids would love it.

    • Thanks Dina!! It truly is. Remember to come back and let me know what you thought of once you do try it!

  • Deanna

    Thank you for the recipe. It looks amazing. I am hungry now!

  • Oh yummy! This recipe sounds fantastic! <3

  • Judy Thomas

    Thanks for the recipe! I love sweet and sour 🙂 Yummy!

  • Deborah W

    So easy and looks and sounds delicious! We love sweet and sour chicken. Thanks for the recipe!

    • You’re welcome Deborah, I hope you try it out yourself.

  • LAMusing

    Looks comforting to me!

  • Jerry Marquardt

    I would most definitely love to try the Sweet n’ Sour Chicken. I think it is an outstanding comfort food, of which I am trying later in the week.

    • Thank you Jerry!!! I hope if you do make this that you’ll love it just as much as I do!

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    I love the sweet and sour flavor. Thank you so much for sharing! I pretty much like pineapple in everything.

  • I love sweet and sour chicken and pork, ill have to make this this week!

    • Pork is actually what the original recipe calls for. But since I am more of a fan of chicken we have used chicken for years now.

  • denise low

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. This looks really delicious. I want to give this recipe a try.

    • Thanks Denise!! I hope you are able to make it and it becomes one of your favorite comfort foods as well.

  • Cheryl Everitt

    Easy – peasy! I didn’t think I could do it, but the recipe is fabulous!

    • It is easy, even I could do it and I don’t cook lol 😉

  • Kelly O’Malley

    This sounds amazing. I love sweet and sour chicken but don’t like going out to eat. This is perfect. Same great taste, but I would have the ability to pick and choose my veggies.

    • It’s so tasty Kelly! So different than your average sweet n’ sour

  • Ang Lombardi

    Thanks for the recipe!!! It was so yummy!

  • Lauryn R

    Yummy! I love Chinese food, but frozen is not good at all! I will definitely be making this asap, I bet it tastes amazing fresh! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • denise low

    This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe. We may have to try this one.

    • Thanks Denise!! I hope it do test it out, it’s so tasty!