Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

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I’ve been seeing a recipe for baked sweet and sour chicken all over Pinterest lately.  I was very skeptical of the recipe because the sauce is so simple.  I was also concerned about the long time the chicken had to cook in the oven.  I thought it might turn out dry.  After looking at this recipe at least twenty times I put it on my menu plan last week.

Oven Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Turns out all my worries were for nothing.  This may actually be the best sweet and sour chicken I’ve ever had.  My husband really liked it as well so I know it was good!  The chicken was extremely tender and moist.  The sauce almost caramelizes on the chicken and has a wonderful flavor.  We had fried rice with ours according to the recipe but next time I think we’ll have white rice because the flavor of the chicken was so delicious we didn’t need the additional flavor of the fried rice.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice (adapted from Life as a Lofthouse)
For the Chicken:

3 boneless chicken breasts
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1 c. cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
3 T. olive oil

For the sauce:

1/3 c. sugar
4 T. ketchup
1/2 c. vinegar
2 T. honey
1 T. soy sauce
1 t. garlic salt
1 t. black pepper
1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2.   Rinse the chicken breasts and cut into cubes. Season with the salt and pepper.  Pour the cornstarch into a shallow dish and the beaten eggs in another shallow dish.  Dip the chicken into the cornstarch and then dip into the eggs.
3.  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Cook the chicken until browned but not cooked through. Place the chicken in a 9×13 greased baking dish.
4.  Mix all of the ingredients for the  sweet and sour sauce in a bowl. Whisk until well combined and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for 30 minutes turning once.  Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees.  Turn the chicken again and continue cooking for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with rice.
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice

5 Comments

  1. Sweet and Sour chicken is the BEST! I like the idea of baking it because it’s so much easier not to have to stand over the stove and make a huge mess on my stovetop!

    Thank you for linking up to Tasty Thursday – this recipe is being featured this Saturday for being one of the most clicked 🙂

  2. Hi Heather,
    This is a great recipe that we will really enjoy. Hope you have a great holiday weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I have made the sweet and sour chicken a few times and my husband and I love it. I am definitely going to have to try your fried rice recipe!

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