Sweet and Sour Chicken


I always wondered how sweet and sour chicken was created. I always loved the end result but wondered what went into getting the chicken pieces coated and fried. And what exactly is in sweet and sour sauce? I went looking and found this recipe from Amy in my family cookbook. Who knew the chicken is coated with cornstarch and then eggs?? I never would have guessed that. And the sauce? Ketchup, sugar, vinegar, broth, soy sauce. Things I would never think to put together . . . but wow! This is delicious.


4 chicken breasts

garlic powder

Accent seasoning

1 c cornstarch

4 eggs

7 T ketchup

1 ½ c sugar

2 T soy sauce

½ c vinegar

2 c chicken broth

3-4 c vegetable oil


Cut chicken in bite-size pieces. Sprinkle with garlic and Accent. Dip in cornstarch (I put cornstarch and chicken in Ziploc bag and shake until chicken is well-coated), then egg. Fry in hot vegetable oil (over medium heat) until just crisp, not brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Heat ketchup, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and broth in pan until dissolved. Pour over chicken in 9 x 13 pan. Cook at 350 for 1 hour, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Serve with fried rice.

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