Sweet-and-sour Chicken Recipe

Indulge in the perfect balance of flavors with our mouthwatering sweet and sour chicken recipe. This iconic dish combines tender chunks of chicken, coated in a crispy golden batter, and smothered in a delectable sweet and tangy sauce. Bursting with vibrant colors and bold flavors, our homemade sweet and sour chicken will satisfy your cravings and leave you craving for more.

Sweet-and-sour chicken

A plate of sweet and sour chicken with a crispy golden batter, topped with a vibrant sweet and tangy sauce.
2.89 from 9 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main, Snack
Cuisine South African
Servings 4
Calories 538 kcal


  • 600 grams chicken breast cut into strips or chunks
  • 500 ml vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 tbsp spice for chicken
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs


  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks canned
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small green pepper diced


  • Mix all the sauce ingredients, except pineapple, onion and green pepper.
  • Whisk eggs.
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add spice to flour.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet or pot.
  • Dip the chicken pieces in flour, then in egg mix.
  • Fry in the heated oil for 2 - 3 minutes until brown and cooked through.
  • Use tongs to remove chicken form oil and drain on kitchen towel.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a wok.
  • Fry onions and green pepper for 2 minutes.
  • Add sauce and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add chicken chunks and pineapple and stir through.


Calories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 40gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 178mgSodium: 865mgPotassium: 888mgFiber: 3gSugar: 50gVitamin A: 290IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 4mg
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