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Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken ~ The Complete Savorist

Before I launched my blog, I cooked and cooked.  I took pictures and I wrote.  Of course, all the first pictures I took are not all that great. Some are not too terrible but most are pretty bad.  But the worst part, all those first posts are all my favorite recipes.  Family recipes.  Friend recipes.

I love being a recipe developer and food blogger.  I absolutely love it.  There is one downside.  Since I am always working on new things, I rarely have time to make my old favorites.  

But my silver lining came when I was redesigning my blog and had to look at all my old posts (many of which still aren’t reformatted).  These old posts needed new pictures…DESPERATELY.

So, as time permits, I will,  one by one,  go back to my first posts and update them.  I’ll link back to the original so you can see what I originally created.  The recipes will be exactly the same, only new pictures.

Here’s the link to the original post: https://thecompletesavorist.com/daily-savorings-blog/sweet-n-sour-chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken ~ The Complete Savorist

 

Sweet and Sour Chicken-part 2

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Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken breasts; cubed
  • Olive oil
  • 1-2 garlic cloves; grated/minced
  • 1 large green pepper; diced (or 1 small green and 1 small red)
  • 2 carrots; diced
  • 1 large onion; diced
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar; firmly packed
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce/tamari
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Salt; to taste
  • 4 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 can chunk pineapple; juices reserved

Instructions

  1. Heat a deep skillet/wok with olive oil, add cubed chicken seasoned with salt and pepper; cook.
  2. Once cooked, set aside.
  3. In same wok/skillet using a small amount of olive oil add, bell peppers, carrots, garlic and onion and quickly sauté.
  4. Cook and set aside.
  5. In same skillet, add apple cider vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, black pepper, and brown sugar; mix well.
  6. Open pineapple, drain juice into another bowl, reserving pineapple for later.
  7. Add cornstarch to pineapple juice, whisk until smooth.
  8. Slowly add the pineapple juice/cornstarch mixture to the sauce cooking in the skillet, taking care that it is thoroughly combined.
  9. Add veggies, chicken, and pineapple; mix well. Heat until bubbly.
  10. Serve over warm rice.
  11. The sauce could be made without meat and veggies for use in other applications like dipping egg rolls or as a glaze over pork. Endless options.
  12. **if you like it really tangy, add 1/4 cup of apple juice to the sauce during the final stage.

Sweet and Sour Chicken ~ The Complete Savorist

Sweet and Sour Chicken ~ The Complete Savorist

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55 Comments

  • Reply
    Renee's Kitchen Adventures
    October 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    That is all so true what you said about not making our favs! haha This looks like it needs to become one of my new favs! yum!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 27, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you Renee, I hope your family enjoys it. I have plans to remake several of my early posts (personal favorites).

  • Reply
    Ellen @ From Scratch
    October 28, 2014 at 7:57 am

    This looks so good! I’m not a huge fan of take-out sweet and sour chicken, but I think this one would be much better!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 28, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      Ellen, I think mine is much better than take out. Still lots of sugar, but at least you know everything in it.

  • Reply
    peter @feedyoursoultoo
    October 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Looks so simple but flavorful. The peppers give this dish great color.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 28, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you Peter, I do love color in my food!

  • Reply
    christine
    October 28, 2014 at 11:55 am

    sounds like an easy weeknight meal. Love the pineapple addition.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 28, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you Christine. The pineapple helps with the tanginess.

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    October 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Your pics keep getting better and better! Love the colors in this recipe. I would love to try a tofu version of this recipe. Will send you pics.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 28, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Oh please do. I look forward to your version. And thank you. I hope to acquire a DSLR soon.

  • Reply
    Anetta
    October 28, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    A recipe after my own heart!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 28, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Oh thank you Anetta.

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    October 29, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I need to practice my chop stick skills!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 29, 2014 at 9:40 am

      I learned by having to eat a huge bowl of peanuts using chopsticks. My neighbor said I couldn’t move from the table until I ate every peanut with them. I was 15…I learned, took a bit of time, but I got it. Nothing like slick plastic chopsticks picking up smooth peanuts.

  • Reply
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    October 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    This looks way better than take -out. Tastier and way better for you!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Way tastier! Thank you Erin!!!

  • Reply
    Robyn
    October 30, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Such a great meal for busy weeknights, Michelle. I’m always looking for new ways to change up a chicken dinner and this is perfect. I like the addition of pineapple as well. Wonderful recipe!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 30, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Robyn, I sure hope you enjoy it.

  • Reply
    Maggie
    November 1, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Love the new photos! I totally agree with you about going back and fix some old posts. I have a few recipes that I like a lot, but the early days photos are poor. It’s a great idea to update the photos 🙂
    The sweet and sour chicken looks super delicious! I need to cook those soon!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      A bloggers work is never done.

  • Reply
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  • Reply
    Shinee
    January 3, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Michelle, this looks delicious. I love sweet and sour chicken, but not take -out. I will add this to my dinner menu. 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 3, 2015 at 10:32 am

      I agree with not take out, why is it bright pink…that can’t be natural?!

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    January 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I love this recipe, your pics are delicious! Saving this one to make!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you Mary. You should see the first round-terrible.

  • Reply
    Sharon Nut Free Wok
    January 3, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Whoa, what a mouthwatering sweet and sour that’s healthy to boot! Can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 3, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Ah thank you Sharon, but healthy is a sorta stretch with the amount of sugar, but still far better than take it. I hope you al enjoy it.

  • Reply
    Katerina
    January 24, 2015 at 5:53 am

    It looks exactly the same as the one I usually have in the Chinese we go! Perfect!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 24, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Katerina! Looking the same and tasting great is my aim.

  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 25, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Oh yes! I’ve been digging my archives to reshoot- I’m glad you did this, purely because it’s a gem of a recipe and looks delicious- I love sweet and sour chicken.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Thank you Arman! It’s a tasty recipe.

  • Reply
    Nicole (Or Whatever You Do)
    February 25, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Oh man – I am so with you on those early pictures! So many favorite family recipes shot with a point and shoot. Ha! I started going through mine and reshooting them and changing the dates to republish them. I love this sweet and sour chicken! It looks fantastic!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 25, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Changing the dates to republish them…how does that work? Doesn’t mess up SEO?

  • Reply
    Joanie @ ZagLeft
    February 25, 2015 at 8:15 am

    My husband likes to joke that once a recipe makes it on my blog, I rarely make it again. That’s not really true but since I’m always working on creating new recipes, I don’t make the older ones as often as maybe he would like. I’m glad you remade this one because Sweet and Sour Chicken is my daughter’s favorite meal – this version looks absolutely delicious!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 25, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Same thing happens here. So I guess I need to be grateful for bad early pictures, forces me to remake all my family favorites.

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    February 25, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Sweet & Sour Chicken is totally a guilty pleasure of mine. I haven’t made it at home in yeeeears – this version looks heavenly!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 25, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      It’s so good. It’s one that I can stand behind 1000%, I’ve made it so many times

  • Reply
    Kristy @ Chocolate Slopes
    February 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    What a great replacement of sodium-filled carryout Chinese food!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you Kristy! It is really good.

  • Reply
    Joanie @ Zagleft
    January 28, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I’ve been slowly going through my old posts to reshoot the photos and it makes my husband so happy because I often forget about the “old favorites” from my early blogging days. This recipe is one my family would love, my daughter orders this any time she can.

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      January 29, 2016 at 9:35 am

      It’s such a process to go back, but the upside is getting to eat all the favorites again.

  • Reply
    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
    January 28, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I love sweet and sour chicken and I haven’t had it in the longest time! Can’t wait to try this, Michelle!

  • Reply
    Megan Keno
    January 28, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Perfect weeknight dinner! I love this idea, its like take- IN!

  • Reply
    Lauren @ Hall Nesting
    January 29, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I have been going back to update all of my pictures too! what a process! Sweet and Sour Chicken is my fav!!!

  • Reply
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    January 29, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I can relate to EVERY SINGLE THING you said in here!

  • Reply
    Andi @ The Weary Chef
    January 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Yeah, I have lots of those recipes that call for new pics, too! This sweet and sour looks delicious! YUM!!

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      January 30, 2016 at 1:27 am

      Thank you Andi, it really is good…and new pics…if only there were more hours in the day.

  • Reply
    Maryanne @ the little epicurean
    January 29, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I get what you mean about not having time to make your favorites again. I feel the same way! Love the sweet and sour chicken! 🙂

  • Reply
    James
    April 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Excellent recipe. I cut it in half, omitted the ketchup, and used red, green, and yellow peppers . Turns out beautiful every time. Great colours, great flavour. (And looks pretty in the bowl when you serve it!)

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      April 11, 2016 at 10:09 am

      I’ve never thought of omitting the ketchup, I am going to have to try that. Love all the colors you used. Thank you for letting me know about your experience.

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