Sweet and Sour Chicken Breasts

Sweet and Sour Chicken Breasts
Sweet and Sour Chicken Breasts. Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
  • 27 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
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A flavorful sauce highlights this easy, great tasting chicken dish. You can prepare this recipe in minutes in the skillet, and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.

Serve this sweet and sour chicken with hot cooked rice or your favorite Asian-style noodle dish.


What You'll Need

  • to 4 chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 scant teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon​ extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 to 6 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1​ clove garlic (finely minced)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup​ chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons​ dry sherry (or Chinese cooking wine)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

How to Make It

  1. Cut each chicken breast into 2 pieces. Put each chicken piece between sheets of plastic wrap and pound to thin to about 1/4-inch thickness. Alternatively, carefully slice each chicken breast in half horizontally, making thin cutlets.
  2. In a plate or bowl, combine the flour, ginger, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Dredge chicken pieces in the flour mixture.
  3. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet or sauté pan. Brown the chicken for about 4 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through. Remove to a warm serving platter and keep warm.
  1. While the chicken is cooking, combine the orange juice, chicken broth, rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, and sherry or wine, if using. Combine the cornstarch with the 1 tablespoon of water and add to the mixture. Blend well and set aside.
  2. Add the green onions and garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring, for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sauce mixture and continue cooking, stirring, until thickened. Simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Spoon the sauce over the chicken pieces and serve with hot cooked rice or noodles.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 339
Total Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 58 mg
Sodium 699 mg
Carbohydrates 30 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 20 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)