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Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken

Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken

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A sweet marinade that is just so easy to make! I use this recipe whenever we bring dinner to another couple's house. I marinate it at home, then just cook it there. It's great with white rice.

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  • Calories:
  • 248 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 1.4 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs:
  • 29.7g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 28.3 g
  • 57%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium:
  • 1878 mg
  • 75%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Combine soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, cornstarch, cold water, ginger, garlic, and black pepper in a bowl.
  2. Add chicken breasts to marinade and stir to coat.
  3. Pour the marinade and chicken into a 9x9-inch square baking dish.
  4. Cover and marinate chicken in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  6. Bake chicken in marinade until meat is no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, about 40 minutes, turning midway through cooking.
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Deb C

Delicious - perfect balance of flavors. I scaled the recipe back and cut the chicken breasts into medallions; therefore I marinated the medallions for 45 minutes and baked it for 30 minutes at 325º. I served the chicken medallions over mixed greens so I used the marinade that had cooked and thickened during the baking process as the salad dressing. I didn’t have fresh ginger so I substituted dried ginger and used cider vinegar. Perfect - can’t get any easier or tastier than this. Added note: I made this again cutting them into medallions only this time I grilled them on the grill with excellent results. It's a fast, easy and tasty dish.


I made the marinade the day before and let the chicken sit in it over night. Then I just popped it in the oven to cook. Super easy, absolutely delicious! And, mine wasn't black (as happened to a previous reviewer) it cooked up beautifully! In fact, I'm having the leftovers for lunch right now!!


This was very good. I added a little sesame oil because I like the flavor in chinese style dishes and a few drops of chinese hot oil to give it a little heat. Yummy!