Homemade Chinese Food For Dinner Tonight!

The Secret To The Perfect Sweet And Sour Chicken At Home

Chinese food in our house is a must have and if you’re like me then you get kind of nervous trying to make it because it can turn out tasting like a sorry attempt at chinese food cooking lol. I have been determined to perfect it for many years but I still have problems with it every now and then but I finally got it down! My daughter and husband absolutely love this meal. It’s definitely in the top 3 favorites for them.

I would just like to point out that I found this recipe online a few years back and just kind of kept working at it and finally perfected it to our liking. I don’t own any of these pictures or the original recipe.

So lets get started then. The secret that leaves this meal bursting with flavor is the cornstarch for the breading and apple cider vinegar for the sauce. The recipe calls for rice vinegar but I like to use apple cider because the flavor is so much better! But you can really use either one because they both make it taste pretty stinking great!

This is a recipe for the famous sweet and sour chicken!! This is a sweet and salty savory dish but make sure you keep napkins handy especially for little ones that like to play with their food because the sauce can get a little sticky!



1 lb chicken (cut into bite size pieces)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic salt
3/4 cup corn starch
2 large eggs, whisked
1/2 cup canola oil

Sweet and sour sauce:

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 cup + 1 TB rice vinegar (distilled or apple cider will work too)
1 TB soy sauce



  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  • Place the chicken, corn starch, salt, pepper and garlic salt in a large ziplock bag and shake until the chicken is evenly coated.
  • Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture and place in the frying pan with a fork. I did half the batch first. Fry both sides of the chicken for about 2 minutes a piece and place chicken on the pan. Dispose of the burnt oil and then heat up the rest of the oil and finish the chicken.
  • Pre-heat oven to 325°F. In a medium size bowl whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce. Next you’ll pour the sauce over the chicken and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Serve with steamed rice and vegetables. Enjoy!

(Tip: There is a picture right below this that shows you what your chicken should look like before you place it in the oven.)


sweet and sour chicken

Doesn’t That Look Delicious!?

I personally like to add some chopped green onion on top to give it a nice finish. Like I said, My daughter and husband are always fighting over the last few bits of chicken in the pan because it is just that delicious! This is my daughters reaction when I tell her I am making sweet and sour chicken for dinner. This picture just cracks me up..


I hope you guys enjoy!! Let me know how it turned out if you make it!!

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