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Sweet and Sour Chicken
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Sweet and Sour chicken

“OOMPY” pick: Sweet and Sour Chicken


This meal is worth the extra effort of making the homemade batter and sweet and sour sauce.  It’s so good that even my picky little eater gobbles this one up :-)

Items needed

  • 2 Boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Tempura Batter
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 1 Bell pepper (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1/2 cup chunk Pineapple (optional)
  • 1/2 Onion, quartered (optional)
  • 1 cups long grain white or brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • Canola Oil (enough to fill pan or wok 2 inches)


  1. Place rice and water in a microwave safe bowl, cover (I use a wet paper towel) and microwave on high for 15 minutes.  It turns out perfect :-)Rice
  2. Make Tempura Batter.
  3. Cube chicken into 1 inch pieces and add to Tempura Batter making sure to coat all sides.Tempura Batter
  4. Heat oil on medium-high heat until it shimmers or add a drop of batter to see if it is ready.
  5. Add about 1/3 of the battered chicken pieces to the oil. Fry until golden brown (about 3-5 minutes on each side).Frying
  6. Remove with slotted spoon onto a plate lined with paper towel.Tempura chicken
  7. While the chicken is cooking, saute the bell peppers (and onions, if desired) in a small pan over medium heat. No need to add oil or butter…just the bell pepper pieces.peppers
  8. You can make the Sweet and Sour Sauce ahead of time or while the chicken is cooking. I make mine the same night as the recipe only makes enough for one meal. You may want to double or triple the recipe if you want to make it ahead of time to make it worth your while.  “Panda Express” orange sauce is also a yummy option :-)Sweet and Sour Sauce
  9. To serve…place chicken on top of some rice, add pineapple, peppers and onions, then drizzle with Sweet and Sour Sauce (a little bit of the sauce goes a long waySweet and Sour Chicken

Approximate start to finish time is about 30-40 minutes

Serves 4