Sweet And Sour Chicken With Vegetables

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Sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and sour dishes are very popular at Chinese restaurants. You can order fish, chicken or pork, the usual meat used. However not all restaurants serve very delicious sweet and sour dishes. I have tried a few and it was rather disappointing. Some are too sweet, some are too sticky, some are too bland, some use colouring while some have more sauce than meat. This dish is usually colourful because of the vegetables and the balance of sweet and sour must be correct to make it one that you want to eat over and over again.

The recipe for the sweet and sour sauce used here is very simple and easy. It may not be the best but one that my family and friends like. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

Ingredients A
2 chicken legs (deboned and cut into bite size pieces)
1T sesame oil
2T light soya sauce
2T corn flour
1/2 small red capsicum (de-seeded and cut)
1/2 small green capsicum (de-seeded and cut)
1/2 small yellow capsicum (de-seeded and cut)
100g baby corn (cut)
fried garlic

Ingredients B (sauce)
4T chili sauce
4T ketchup
1 & 1/2 T light soya sauce
2 & 1/2 T sugar
1T corn flour
1/2C water

Mixed vegetables

Mixed vegetables

Cut up the vegetables into bite size pieces. Cook the baby corn in boiling water for a few minutes to precook it. If you like, you can precook the capsicum pieces too but I didn’t because capsicums can be eaten raw and I love the crunch. So I add it last.

Fry the chicken pieces

Fry the chicken pieces

Marinate the chicken pieces  with the sesame oil, light soya sauce and corn flour for about 30 minutes. Heat up some oil in a frying pan or wok and pan fry the chicken pieces until browned  and cooked. They are very delicious even on its own. Dish up and discard the oil.

Mix chicken, sauce and vegetables

Mix chicken, sauce and vegetables

Put Ingredients B into a bowl and mix well. Then pour into the frying pan. Keep stirring until it comes to a boil and thickens. Add the chicken pieces, some fried garlic and all the vegetables. Mix well, dish up and serve hot with rice, noodles or pasta.

You can use other meat and vegetables for this dish. Pineapple, big onions and pickled cucumber as in Pineapple And Cucumber Salad are good addition.

What is your favourite dish when you eat at a Chinese restaurant? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other sweet and sour recipes that you may be interested in:
Restaurant Style Sweet And Sour Pork
Sweet And Sour Fish

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the lacquer spoon  on May 19th, 2010

Sweet and sour pork is very popular in Japan too as it’s a good friend with our beloved rice! Your chicken version looks so delish. The vivid hue urges my appetite :)

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Sophie  on May 19th, 2010

A colourful & stunning dish!! I so love my fodd as easy yet so tasty as this!


Priya  on May 19th, 2010

Wat a droolworthy dish, the dish looks very colourful and tempting..

Mary  on May 19th, 2010

@the lacquer spoon - I love it with pork, too, or fish. As long as the sauce is nice, I think I don’t even mind it vegetarian :D Talking about it, I feel like cooking it again today :P

@Sophie - Thanks very much, Sophie! :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

Bo  on May 19th, 2010

I love sweet and sour…but like you said so many restaurant versions don’t taste good…next time Im in the mood for this I’ll try your recipe.

somewhere in singapore  on May 19th, 2010

Pls reserve some for me for my dinner later, hahaha…

Happy Cook  on May 19th, 2010

I love to make them too and this looks soo good,

Angie's Recipes  on May 19th, 2010

A very popular and delicious Chinese dish!

Amy @ cookbookmaniac  on May 19th, 2010

Sweet and sour can really be hit and miss. I only order it from a chinese eatery near my partners house. I have never cooked it on my own. i must give your lovely recipe a try.

Mary  on May 19th, 2010

@Bo - Thanks very much, Bo! Have fun cooking :D

@somewhere in singapore - Ooops…all in my tummy liao! :P Come….I’ll cook some more for you :D

@Happy Cook - Thanks very much! :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@Amy @ cookbookmaniac - Yes, now you can try it out at home. You can eat to your heart’s content. It’s really simple and easy. Have fun cooking, Amy :D

Catherine  on May 19th, 2010

This looks so much better than the takeaway versions Mary, thanks for sharing! My mum loves sweet and sour chicken, I shall try this one for her :)

Vinolia  on May 19th, 2010

wow, this is too tempting!!! chicken and those crunchy vegetables look divine !!! simple, delicious and colourful recipe!!! have a nice day Mary !!!

pigpigscorner  on May 19th, 2010

Sweet and sour is really popular esp with kids! So good with rice!

sushma mallya  on May 19th, 2010

wow thats really mouthwatering, thanks for the recipe mary..looks too good and irresistible…

kristy  on May 19th, 2010

My favourtie dish! yumm..yumm… My children also love it as well. I made this very often but with coated fried chicken meat. The meat will turn soft after mixing up with the sauce, with a little crunchiness as well.

SathyaSridhar  on May 19th, 2010

Wooow look delicious chicken recipe dear looks colourful with crisp veggies dear…totally recipe is perfect dear..

Mary,, i bought the crab sticks little amount to try dear …

Faith  on May 19th, 2010

Another great stir-fry, Mary! Stir-fries are a favorite in my house too. :)

Simply Life  on May 19th, 2010

This is one meal that would make my entire family happy!

3hungrytummies  on May 19th, 2010

I keep seeing sweet and sour everywhere Mary..I think it is a calling! :)
It looks very flavousome and colourful!

Donald Russell  on May 19th, 2010

This recipe looks really nice! Sweet and Sour is one of my fav’s andthe colours look so fresh and tasty!

Mary  on May 19th, 2010

@Catherine - Thanks very much, Catherine! I am already seeing all smiles on your mom’s face :D Have fun cooking!

@Vinolia - Thanks very much, Vinolia! :D

@pigpigscorner - Thanks very much! I love it with rice most :D

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@kristy - Yes, I love those that’s still crispy. I guess the meat are fried with crispy flour and the sauce poured over just before serving….mmm…delicious :D I have to try that next time.

@SathyaSridhar - Thanks very much, Sathya! :D I hope you like the crab sticks. There are many ways to try them. Would love to know how you cook it.

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! :D

@Simply Life - It’s interesting how easy it is to make our families happy :D In return we are happiest :D

@3hungrytummies - Haha….it’s high time that you cook :D

@Donald Russell - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Donald! :D

Belinda @zomppa  on May 19th, 2010

I can never recreate these dishes at home - think I am too nervous to try Chinese often - and I love how you are de-mystifying it for me!

TasteHongKong  on May 19th, 2010

Your pan frying is always great Mary. The chicken pieces in the pan speak for you : ).

denise @ quickies on the dinner table  on May 19th, 2010

I agree that most restaurants do this dish quite badly and I’ve always been disappointed when eating this in restaurants. I read your recipe and it sounds like it will turn out very nicely! Thanks for sharing :)

claudia  on May 19th, 2010

I would love to eat at your table with all these wonderful recipes

Treat and Trick  on May 19th, 2010

Really colorful and tasty Mary, beautiful picture as well..

Angie  on May 19th, 2010

This looks so good, I love baby corn, but have never cooked with it. I have to though!

Roti n Rice  on May 19th, 2010

A colorful and very tasty dish! Beautifully done Mary!

Umm Mymoonah  on May 19th, 2010

I love chinese food,yours looking sooooooooo tempting.
Thank you Mary for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments.Happy to follow you.

jo  on May 19th, 2010

This looks so delicious and so colourful. Definitely a feast for the stomach and the eye.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on May 19th, 2010

I thought of you today Mary, I finallly located chilli bean paste!
Tonight’s dinner looks fantastic.

Drick  on May 19th, 2010

I agree, most restaurant dishes are just too sweet with not much other flavor, at home you can bring out the flavors just like you did - delish …do you have a favorite Kung Po recipe? never have gotten the sauce to taste right…will have to search your site to see if you have posted it before…

Stella  on May 19th, 2010

Gosh Mary, I can honestly say that I want to eat at your house! This looks so wonderful. I need to buy some of those little baby corns…

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Mary  on May 19th, 2010

@Belinda @zomppa - Give a try at this popular Chinese recipe. You can always adjust the taste. Have fun cooking :D

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much! I was eating those chicken pieces away as I was making the sauce…haha :D

@denise @ quickies on the dinner table - This is the simplest sauce that I’ve made for quick cooking. Hope you like it. Have fun cooking :D

@claudia - Come, Claudia…would be a great delight to have you here! :D

@Treat and Trick - Thanks very much! :D

@Angie - I love baby corns. They are so tender and sweet and can never get overcooked. Have fun cooking :D

@Roti n Rice - Thanks very much, Biren! Bet you cook this often, too :D

@Umm Mymoonah - Thnaks very much for visiting and lovely comment and also the follow, Umm! :D

@jo - Thanks very much, Jo! :D

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Awww…so sweet of you to be thinking of me! :D I hope you will enjoy the dish cooked with the chili bean paste. Would love to hear about it.

@Drick - Yes, I did the Kung Pao chicken recently. My family loves this dish….me, too of course :D Give a try. It’s http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com/2010/04/16/spicy-cashew-nuts-chicken-gong-bao-chicken/

@Stella - Haha…come, Stella….a great delight to have you here. With Claudia, we will have so much fun over food! :D

lisa ng  on May 19th, 2010

Hi Mary! my boyfriend loves his Sweet and Sour Pork from the restaurant which is heavy with batter and oil - a no no! So i am happy to see i can use yours which is much better :) and love the pineapples!
Thanks again!
CookNg Sisters

Jeannie  on May 19th, 2010

aaaahh finally! lol! hey I wanted to comment on that delicious prawns of yours but can’t find the way in here! Now this delicious chicken is staring at me in the face! yum!

divya  on May 19th, 2010

Wowwwww.. beautiful clicks.. looks soo tempting.. :)

anncoo  on May 19th, 2010

hehee…looks like you have more ingredients than the chicken ;DD Remember to keep some for me.

teresa  on May 19th, 2010

this is the type of dish i could eat all day long!

Yummy Team  on May 19th, 2010

Colorful and tasty dish..

Devaki  on May 19th, 2010

Hi Mary - How delicious! Bring it on and keep bringing it on :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Mary  on May 19th, 2010

This looks and sounds wonderful Mary. I could eat a dish like this several times a week. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

Mary  on May 19th, 2010

@lisa ng - Aha….you are going to earn lots of love from your boyfriend for cooking this :D You are such a sweet girlfriend! Have fun cooking!

@Jeannie - Ya, don’t know what happened to my post yesterday. Several people informed me that they couldn’t access my full post to leave comments :( Still don’t know what’s the problem. I’m glad it’s fine with this post :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@anncoo - Haha…just to make everyone eat more vegetables :D Actually I had to eat most of them cos my children don’t like capsicum….hmmm. Will be cooking again…a lot…waiting for you to come :D

@Teresa - Must be your top favourite then! :D

@Yummy Team - Thanks very much! :D

@Devaki - Thanks very much, Devaki! :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! I would love to eat more often every week, but I guess I will be eating alone then…haha :D

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xiaoyen  on May 19th, 2010

Yummy! My kids LOVE sweet and sour pork. This is something they will definitely enjoy.

Jessica  on May 19th, 2010

This looks delicious!

rosebelle  on May 19th, 2010

You always have so many creative dishes. I don’t even need to think what to make for dinner. I have you!!

lequan@luvtoeat  on May 19th, 2010

I love sweet and sour dishes but the problem is that the restaurant either uses pork or another meat I’m not too fond of so I usually just pick at the veggies and eat rice with the sauce. Bet this would taste great with shrimp. Yes, my answer to every dish is shrimp. Lol.

lequan@luvtoeat  on May 19th, 2010

Sorry, my son pressed submit before I could finish. Love the colours in your dish. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe with us. Looks and sounds delicious!

Love2cook  on May 19th, 2010

Uish, I’m feeling sooooo hungry right now!!! Loved the combo! ;)

Catherine  on May 19th, 2010

This looks fantastic Mary! I will be saving this recipe and shall try it soon!

Kristi@Ja Cie Kocham  on May 19th, 2010

This is my FAVORITE dish at Chinese restaurants! Thank you for the recipe!

Erica  on May 19th, 2010

ooh, another great creation! This sounds really delicious.

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Little Inbox  on May 19th, 2010

Sweet & sour pork or chicken with veges are my favorite!

Zibi  on May 19th, 2010

Mary you make this look so easy! I love how simple the sauce is. This could work in the slow cooker too, I will try it out soon :)

Belle@OohLook  on May 19th, 2010

This is such a classic Chinese restaurant dish, isn’t it? I was surprised to see that it’s also quite popular with Chinese people, too! I love all the colourful vegetables in your version.

citronetvanille  on May 19th, 2010

When I look at your dishes, it makes me feel I am in a chinese restaurant :o) - love sweet and sour, I need to balance my sweet with my sour first, not too good at that! beautiful dish!

penny aka jeroxie  on May 19th, 2010

I like sweet and sour anything. Must be the asian in me.

Tuty @Scent of Spice  on May 20th, 2010

We call this Ayam Kuluyuk… with the Pineapple, Onion and Cucumber version. Delicious classic dish.

My favorite is Boned Deep Fried Chicken with 5 Spice Dipping Salt. Only available in one restaurant in Jakarta :-( Succulent chicken with crispy skin.

noobcook  on May 20th, 2010

I love sweet and sour sauce! and I will pick out the baby corn first, I love those :)~

clint  on May 20th, 2010

Oh my kids will love this one! The dish looks great! Thanks again Mary :)

Viviane @ Taste-Buds  on May 20th, 2010

Yum! I love the spring rolls. Each time I am eating at a Chinese restaurant, they are a must to have.
Lovely dish you have here and very simple too.

Ananda  on May 20th, 2010

What a colourful and gorgeous recipe :)

Dongxing  on May 20th, 2010

Hi Mary. My kids love sweet and sour chicken with just freshly quartered tomatoes and some chunky cucumber, cooked like yours, ie, no batter on the meat. So much more healthier than those from the restaurant. If only, my son would eat some capsicum….

Nasi Lemak Lover  on May 20th, 2010

This sound yummy, I cook this very often too.

Mary  on May 20th, 2010

@xiaoyen - My children, too! Looks like it’s a dish that breaks through age barrier :D

@Jessica - Thanks very much, Jessica! :D

@rosebelle - Haha…so sweet of you, Roselle! :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Thanks very much, LeQuan! Awww…your son is so cute. I bet he wants to tyoe, too :D Yes, this sauce can go with any meat that you like or even just vegetarian. Haha…you shrimp queen! Join my club :D

@Love2cook - Haha…time to cook! :D

@Catherine -Thanks very much, Catherine! Have fun cooking :D

@Kristi@Ja Cie Kocham - You are most welcome! You can cook yourself at home now :D

@Erica - Thanks very much, Erica! :D

@Little Inbox - Yeah…. we share similar favourite! :D

@Zibi - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Zibi! Have fun cooking :D

@Belle@OohLook - Yes, this is a very popular Chinese dish. Bet it’s cooked by many other cultures too. I’m sure we have lots of sweet ad sour dishes on the blogosphere to try :D

@citronetvanille - Thanks very much, Silvia! I think I can make my house into a Chinese eat out…haha :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Haha…I bet so, just like me! :D

@Tuty @Scent of Spice - Wow…lovely name….Ayam Kuluyuk. Haven’t heard of in Malaysia. Love that fried chicken with 5 spice dipping salt. Love fried chicken with crispy skin. I think I’ll eat all the skin first…haha :D

@noobcook - You must be cooking with baby corn very often. I love it too….so sweet and tender and delicious! :D

@clint - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Clint! Have fun cooking :D

@Viviane @ Taste-Buds - Thanks very much, Viviane! :D

@Ananda - Thanks very much for visiting and comment, Ananda! :D

@Dongxing - I only love it coated with batter if it’s still crispy but usually it’s not so I prefer this version. My children don’t eat ,too. So, you can imagine. I finished all the capsicum alone….enjoyed it :D

@Nasi Lemak Lover - Thanks very much, Sonia! :D

tigerfish  on May 20th, 2010

I like that you added a lot of vegetables! So yum!

Von  on May 20th, 2010

Yum! I love sweet and sour sauce with anything! The sauce doesn’t look too hard to make…I might try this some day!

tasteofbeirut  on May 20th, 2010

I did not realize that sweet and sour sauce was so easy to make. Looks lovely and delicious.

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on May 20th, 2010

Like you, I usually avoid sweet and sour dishes in restaurants, but now I can make them at home. Love all the veggies that you’ve used, especially the baby corn.

Pepy @Indonesia Eats  on May 20th, 2010

I love this dish, but I like making it at home. Since I can add more chilies as many as I can :)

lisaiscooking  on May 20th, 2010

I’d love to try making homemade sweet and sour sauce! The mix of vegetables here looks great!

Mary  on May 20th, 2010

@tigerfish - Haha…always trying to make my family eat more vegetables :D

@Von - Yes, the sauce is very easy and good for many dishes, even great as a dip. I will be cooking again soon :D

@tasteofbeirut - Thanks very much, Joumana! :D
You can make your own sweet and sour dishes now!

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - Have fun cooking, Cathy! :D

@Pepy @Indonesia Eats - Wow…spicy…delicious! I would like that too :D

@lisaiscooking - Thanks very much, Lisa! Have fun cooking :D

peteformation  on May 20th, 2010

Heh, heh, I posted sweet sour fish yesterday. Today, I cooked sweet sour fish ball…LOL!

5 Star Foodie  on May 20th, 2010

We love sweet and sour chicken - thanks for sharing this excellent recipe, can’t wait to try it!

Light Delight with TouTou  on May 20th, 2010

Hey Mary!!!!!!! It’s great to see some dish that really mouth watering :-D I have been really sloppy in making food last few weeks, and you just remind me how great a meal can be . The color looks really enticing :-D I wish my Mom was here so I can still have great food while preparing for the defense!

Hope you have a wonderful day Mary!

Mary  on May 20th, 2010

@peteformation - Pete, you just have a way to make me suffer knowing tat I really miss that sourish, appetising dish! That’s double blow :( I will have to cook myself soon….a big pot! :D

@5 Star Foodie - You are most welcome, Natasha! Have fun cooking :D

@Light Delight with TouTou - I know you have been very busy but you still took time to cook healthy dishes. You are just amazing! Salute you for that :D Please take care!

Sook  on May 20th, 2010

Sweet and sour chicken sounds great, Mary! I love your version. Will have to try it soon!

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88  on May 20th, 2010

Haven’t had sweet and sour for a long time. Great suggestion for my dinner plan for next week : )

zerrin  on May 20th, 2010

This sounds so appetizing!I often saute chicken pieces and peppers or mushrooms together but never used the ingredients B. Sounds like a great idea!

Mary  on May 20th, 2010

@Sook - Thanks very much, Sook! Have fun cooking :D

@Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 - Ooooh….you are going to have good food next week….yum! I would love to cook this dish again very soon :D

@zerrin - Now you can just make the sauce and add to your chicken dish. That would be so delicious. Your one dish can become 2 dishes :D

sweetlife  on May 20th, 2010

great recipe, I love the baby corn..man I love sweet and sour


Joanne  on May 20th, 2010

Sweet and sour is really hard to get right but from the looks of this - you mastered it!

Mary  on May 21st, 2010

@sweetlife - Thanks very much, SweetLife! Time to cook again :D

@Joanne - Give a try to find out. Hope you like it :D

redkathy  on May 21st, 2010

Hi Mary, love your sweet and sour! I’ll have to try it as it is my hubby’s favorite Chinese take out. As for me, I like the spicy stuff, kong pao chicken. Not sure if it’s truly Chinese, nevertheless it’s my all time favorite!

Mary  on May 22nd, 2010

@redkathy - Both sweet and sour and gong bao chicken are very popular Chinese dishes. My family loves very much. Now you can enjoy cooking at home…fresh and cheap! :D

nisha  on May 22nd, 2010

Sounds delicious

Mary  on May 22nd, 2010

@Nisha - Thanks very much, Nisha! :D

mycookinghut  on May 24th, 2010

This is a homey and great stir-fry!

Mary  on May 25th, 2010

@mycookinghut - Thanks very much! :D

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Cristina @ TeenieCakes  on May 29th, 2010

I love sweet and sour dishes. Fresh and colorful vegetables in this dish (really like the baby corns!). Hubby will be happy when I make this for him =)

Mary  on June 1st, 2010

@Cristina - That would be lovely to make him happy :D I always think that it’s easy to please men, if they are ones that love food. My hubby is one of them :D

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