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Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken

No need for expensive take-out when you can make this fresh, homemade, simple ingredient baked sweet & sour chicken at home! Chunked chicken dipped in cornstarch and egg and then it’s lightly fried and then baked to perfection in the oven. An easy homemade sweet & sour sauce tops it off. Serve over rice for a delicious copycat meal right at home.

No need for expensive take-out when you can make this fresh, homemade, simple ingredient baked sweet & sour chicken at home! Chunked chicken dipped in cornstarch and egg and then it's lightly fried and then baked to perfection in the oven. An easy homemade sweet & sour sauce tops it off. Serve over rice for a delicious copycat meal right at home.

Β I am LOVING this time change! I never, ever thought I would say that. Usually the spring forward & fall back time changes are a parents’ worst nightmare; schedule messed up, bed times crazy, wake up early…. But, the one redeeming factor is that now it stays light later. Which means, as a food blogger, that I don’t have to worry about making dinner at 3:00 pm just to catch some light πŸ™‚

Which is a really good thing because I was able to snatch some pics of this super delish baked sweet & sour chicken. It’s a bit more time consuming, which is why I usually only make this on the weekends when my husband is home. You have to dredge the chicken in egg and then into a seasoned flour mixture, and then fry in a skillet pan in batches.Β 

That’s kind of hard to do with 4 littles crying because they’re hungry and the baby pulling all the stuff out of the drawers.

No need for expensive take-out when you can make this fresh, homemade, simple ingredient baked sweet & sour chicken at home! Chunked chicken dipped in cornstarch and egg and then it's lightly fried and then baked to perfection in the oven. An easy homemade sweet & sour sauce tops it off. Serve over rice for a delicious copycat meal right at home.

No need for expensive take-out when you can make this fresh, homemade, simple ingredient baked sweet & sour chicken at home! Chunked chicken dipped in cornstarch and egg and then it's lightly fried and then baked to perfection in the oven. An easy homemade sweet & sour sauce tops it off. Serve over rice for a delicious copycat meal right at home.

Start by chopping some boneless, skinless chicken breasts into chunks. I would suggest cutting them into larger chunks so that they won’t overcook. You will give them a light pan fry just until their exterior has a crispy coating and then they bake in the oven for additional time. The cook time in the oven is long, so you might be skeptical of the chicken still being tender instead of chewy and overcooked, but the chicken stays super moist and tender. Promise!

Pour some cornstarch over the chicken and mix together with a spoon until all chunks are coated. Whisk 2 eggs in a separate bowl. Using two hands, with one piece of chicken in each hand, dip the chicken in the egg and then place in the pan of oil. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side. Place on a paper towel to drain while you do the rest. I end up having to do about 3 batches. Put chicken in your baking dish and pour the sweet & sour sauce over it and then bake.

No need for expensive take-out when you can make this fresh, homemade, simple ingredient baked sweet & sour chicken at home! Chunked chicken dipped in cornstarch and egg and then it's lightly fried and then baked to perfection in the oven. An easy homemade sweet & sour sauce tops it off. Serve over rice for a delicious copycat meal right at home.

Β This baked sweet & sour chicken is so good. Like did-I-really-just-make-that-myself good. It may seem like a lot of work but I promise it will be worth it when you taste it! You’ll end up with crispy coated chicken that’s smothered in the homemade sweet & sour sauce. Garnish with some green onions and sesame seeds and serve over some rice. I always like to drizzle some extra sauce over the chicken & rice.

If you love Chinese food try this BAKED ORANGE CHICKEN. Same concept as this one but with a sweet & tangy orange flavor.

Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken

No need for expensive take-out when you can make this fresh, homemade, simple ingredient baked sweet & sour chicken at home! Chunked chicken dipped in cornstarch and egg and then it's lightly fried and then baked to perfection in the oven. An easy homemade sweet & sour sauce tops it off. Serve over rice for a delicious copycat meal right at home.

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Ingredients

    sweet & sour sauce
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • chicken
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" chunks (about 4 breasts)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (for frying)

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • In a saute pan, heat up the vegetable oil over medium heat while you prepare the chicken & sauce.
  • To make the sauce: whisk together sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic powder in a small bowl or glass measuring cup; set aside.
  • Place the chunked chicken in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper, stir it around with hands or a wooden spoon so all chicken gets coated. Add in the cornstarch and gently toss to combine so that all chicken is coated.
  • Add 2 eggs into a bowl and whip together with a fork.
  • Working two at a time, one piece per hand, dip the chicken into the eggs. Let the excess egg drain off a bit. Add chicken to your saute pan of oil and cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat in batches with the remaining chicken.
  • Add chicken to prepared baking dish. Top with sweet and sour sauce and gently stir together. Cook for 55 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to evenly coat the chicken.
  • Serve immediately over rice and garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.

Notes

The chicken does not need to be cook through in the frying step. You are just looking for a light golden brown color on each side. 2-3 minutes max on each side in the oil. Use tongs to turn chicken over.

Depending on your sweetness preference, you can reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup. We like it as written so I have never tried reducing the sugar.

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