Easy Oven Baked Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Forget calling for take out: make this easy (mostly hands off) sweet and sour chicken on a weeknight. Way healthier and cheaper too!
Posted November 8, 2019 by Stephanie
Forget calling for take out: make this easy oven baked Chinese sweet and sour chicken on a weeknight. Way healthier and cheaper too! #betterthantakeout #chinesefood #dinner #recipes #sweetandsour #chicken #ovenbaked #sweetandsourchicken

Do you love sweet and sour pork? How about sweet and sour chicken? For some reason, it was kind of surprising to me that sweet and sour chicken is way more popular than sweet and sour pork. Maybe because sweet and sour pork is definitely what I grew up with. Anyway, this is essentially a variation on our oven-baked sweet and sour pork, featuring chicken. It’s an easy, healthy, 8 ingredient, no deep fry version of that classic take out favorite. The sauce is sweet and tart and so GOOD with fluffy white rice. Forget takeout or delivery, this is better.

Cooking Notes
Baking your chicken isn’t quite the same as deep frying, but for the lack of effort it takes, it’s amazing. The chicken ends up juicy with the slightest bit of crispiness thanks to a cornstarch coating. Don’t forget to lightly oil the wire rack you cook your chicken it, it helps it not stick and also somehow makes the chicken more crunchy on the bottom. If you want even more crunch, blast the heat up at the end of the baking session and get everything deeply browned – just make sure you keep an eye on it.

Ingredient Notes
Ketchup?! I know you’re thinking, why? But the real reason is ketchup used and beloved in a lot of Chinese kitchens. My mom used ketchup as a extra flavor booster a lot when we were growing up and the truth is, a lot of restaurants use it too. It’s the secret to getting that unique tangy sweet and sour flavor in sweet and sour dishes.

Pineapple or no pineapple? Usually there’s pineapple in sweet and sour dishes but we didn’t have any on hand and I didn’t want to go out and buy a can. Feel free to add any vegetables in – any crunchy, juicy vegetable is always a good bet

What do you need?
A baking sheet with a wire rack and a non-stick pan.

What to serve it with?
Serve it up with some fluffy white rice.

 Forget calling for take out: make this easy oven baked Chinese sweet and sour chicken on a weeknight. Way healthier and cheaper too! #betterthantakeout #chinesefood #dinner #recipes #sweetandsour #chicken #ovenbaked #sweetandsourchicken

Easy Oven Baked Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken

An easy, healthy, 8 ingredient, no deep fry version of that classic take out favorite: Chinese sweet and sour chicken

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cubed
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 bell pepper cubed
  • 1/2 red onion cubed

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 450°F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

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  • Place the chicken in a ziploc bag along with 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Shake well to coat and then place on an oiled rack on a foil lined baking sheet.

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  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown and crispy, flipping halfway.

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  • When the chicken is almost done baking, make the sauce by whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1/4 cup water. Whisk in the sugar, ketchup, and vinegar.

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  • Add the sauce to a nonstick pan and bring to a boil. Once bubbling, turn the heat to low and add the vegetables. Cook until your desired doneness then remove from the heat (we keep the vegetables almost raw).

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  • Add the cooked chicken to the sauce and toss until well coated. Enjoy served with rice!

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4 Comments

  1. Rhianna says:

    How many people does this serve?

    1. Stephanie says:

      it serves 2-4 :)

  2. sillygirl says:

    So glad whatever web problem you had is gone – I miss looking at your blog!

  3. mariana says:

    Wow, just found this blog now! For a student living alone it will be an amazing space :) have you posted any Brazilian food? 😎

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Forget calling for take out: make this easy oven baked Chinese sweet and sour chicken on a weeknight. Way healthier and cheaper too! #betterthantakeout #chinesefood #dinner #recipes #sweetandsour #chicken #ovenbaked #sweetandsourchicken