Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

This Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe is a reminder of my favorite Chinese restaurant dish. While probably not reliably Cantonese, it was fun for us kids!

 

I remember it coming with crunchy won tons under the bright orange sauce with steamed rice on the side.

This is a pretty representative rendition of the traditional recipe. Try it for family and guests – everyone loves sweet and sour chicken!

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Something special and probably different for the family! Very easy to make and a delicious chicken dish. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 8
Calories: 215 kcal
Ingredients
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium green bell peppers seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can 8 ounces pineapple chunks – reserve the juice
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 drops orange food color
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 ¼ cups self rising flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • water as needed
Instructions
  1. Season the pieces of chicken with kosher salt and ground black pepper and refrigerate it while preparing the rest of the recipe.
  2. Combine the sugar, vinegar, pineapple juice and orange food coloring in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in 1 ½ cups water and bring to a boil over medium heat, making sure the sugar is dissolved. Make a paste with the ¼ cup cornstarch and ¼ cup water, and whisk it in to the sauce. Let it boil until thickened then take it off the heat.
  3. Make the batter for the chicken. Whisk together the self rising flour, the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, the white pepper and beaten egg. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, then slowly whisk in1 ½ cups water. The batter should be like pancake batter. Let is sit while the chicken is in the refrigerator.
  4. Quickly stir-fry the bell peppers in a little of the vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat. Cook only enough to soften them – they should not get brown. Remove them to paper towels to drain.
  5. Heat 3 cups of vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet. Combine the seasoned chicken pieces with the batter, stirring to coat each piece completely. Fry the chicken in batches until it is cooked through and the batter is golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  6. When all the chicken is ready, layer the green bell peppers and pineapple chunks on a large platter. Arrange the fried chicken over the peppers and pineapple then pour the sweet and sour sauce over everything. Serve hot.

Good To Know About This Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Much of this dish can be prepared ahead of time and if kept separate in airtight containers will be just as fresh as if made all at once. Here’s a “ to do ahead” list:

* Cut the chicken into pieces and season it
* Make the batter
* Cut up – but to not stir-fry – the bell pepper
* Make the sweet and sour sauce

Everything will come together in minutes when you’re ready to serve dinner.

On Your Own – Not everyone keeps self-rising flour on hand. If you don’t think you will have much use for it, save your money and make your own self rising flour:

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

Sift all the ingredients and keep in an airtight container until ready to use.

Enjoy!

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Grilled Chicken Marinade Italian Dressing Based

Grilled Chicken Marinade Italian Dressing Based is a great idea either for a crowd or dinner for two. Simply boneless breasts marinated in Italian dressing.

Bottled Italian style dressing is one of my go-to marinades. It’s a cheap, quick, and easy marinade that adds flavor and tenderness. I use it for pork and beef also.

This recipe calls for chicken breasts but it will work just as well with dark meat chicken.

It takes about half a bottle of Italian dressing for 4 chicken breasts, so you have plenty for the salad you can serve with it. Use the whole bottle of Italian dressing for a crowd of 10 or more.

Don’t reuse the dressing that you marinate the chicken in. You certainly don’t want to make your guests sick!

You can transport the chicken breasts right in the container they have been marinating into the beach, park or your backyard. You’ll love the convenience and the flavor, and the savings don’t hurt either!

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Grilled Chicken Marinade Italian Dressing Based
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Marinade Time
4 hrs
Total Time
35 mins
 

An easy marinade that adds not only great flavor but tenderness also!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Grilling
Servings: 4
Calories: 260 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle Italian dressing regular or light
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Pour the Italian dressing over the boneless skinless chicken breasts and seal in a large baggie or in a container with a tight fitting lid. Make sure the chicken breasts are well coated with the Italian dressing. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Light a charcoal grill or a gas broiler. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and shake off any extra. Discard the marinade.
  3. Wipe the marinated chicken breasts dry and then season the with the kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  4. If you like you can also dust with a dry rub for even more flavor.
  5. Grill the marinated chicken breasts until cooked through, turning once to grill on each side. The chicken is cooked when the juices run clear, or the internal temperature reaches 180F on an instant read thermometer. Serve hot, chilled or at room temperature.

Tips and Tidbits About Grilled Chicken Marinade Italian Dressing Based

On Your Own – Consider using one of the flavored peppers available in the spice aisle of your market. A lemon pepper would at a little extra punch to this recipe.

And for those of you who love the heat, try a Cajun spice with lots of cayenne pepper to turn things up a notch.

Food For Thought – The marinating makes the chicken very tender. The longer you can keep these chicken breasts in the marinade the better they will be. Up to a point that is. Don’t go over 24 hours or your breasts could turn mushy.

The acids in the Italian dressing will break down some of the fibers in the chicken, meaning it will be tender and retain its moisture.

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Absolute Best Fried Chicken – The Top 4 Fried Chicken Recipes

Whenever I’m craving a little down home comfort I turn to food and my top comfort food is fried chicken. But not just any fried chicken. It has to be the best fried chicken.

Best Fried Chicken

Now my opinion of the best fried chicken is not necessarily everybody’s opinion of the best. Every southern family has a fried chicken recipe and they’re all declared the BEST!

I understand that.

So I’ve compiled a list of the four most loved recipes from Foodgasm Recipes so you can pick the one that appeals to you the most.

I encourage you to try them all. They’re all good! But I expect there will be one that could become your family’s best fried chicken.

Best Fried Chicken Recipes:

Granny’s Secret Ingredient Best Juicy Fried Chicken

I never would have thought to use this ingredient for chicken batter, but this is hands down the best fried chicken ever! The chicken fries up so wonderfully. It’s juicy and moist with a crispy crunchy coating on the outside.

 

 

Paula Deen Southern Fried Chicken

Look out KFC and a big thank you to the queen of southern cooking Paula Deen for this Paula Deen Southern Fried Chicken. The best I have ever made! I’m not saying this tastes like KFC–only that you won’t be

“Flash” Fried Chicken

There is nothing I enjoy more than good ole southern fried chicken, but this little trick made me happy because I didn’t have grease everywhere… And yes, when I fry chicken like my Grandmothers did, I seem to get grease

Alton Brown’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken

The crust on this chicken will really amaze you. It’s adapted from Alton Brown’s Good Eats show. Not only is it nice and crusty but Alton adds great seasonings also! Great tasting fried chicken! Alton’s technique of applying the seasonings

One Dish Chicken and Rice Bake

This One Dish Chicken and Rice Bake has been one of my MIL’s standard dinners for years and years. I used to make it a lot in the late 70’s and 80’s, too.

 

Makes a great meal when served with a green veg.

It’s so easy to put together. In fact, it goes together in 10 minutes and bakes in 45. Best of all it is mixed and baked in the same casserole! One dish to wash is always a plus.

The recipe also works well with pork chops too (just brown them first).

This is a keeper and I’ll bet you will be making it again and again.

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One Dish Chicken and Rice Bake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

A really easy dish that's a weeknight special!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: One Dish Chicken and Rice Bake
Servings: 4
Calories: 375 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 10 3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 ⁄4 cup uncooked long-grain rice not quick cooking
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix soup, water, rice, and 1/4 tsp each of paprika and pepper in ungreased shallow 2-quart casserole.
  3. Lay chicken on top and sprinkle with remaining paprika and pepper.
  4. Cover and bake until bubbly and chicken shows no signs of pink in the center--about 45 minutes.

Enjoy this One Dish Chicken and Rice Bake!

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Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

This Olive Garden Chicken Scampi copycat recipe is perfect! Just as good as Olive Garden. If anything it might be just a little bit better.

 

If you were to pick up some chicken scampi from Olive Garden to do a side-by-side comparison you would see there’s no difference!

This is a major hit with my family and friends.

Many thanks and kudos to the person who did the copycat to this, they were spot on. I always make extra just so I can have leftovers.

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Olive Garden Chicken Scampi
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
 

Be sure and make extra just so you can have leftovers.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Olive Garden Chicken Scampi
Servings: 4
Calories: 345 kcal
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • White Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 ⁄4 cup milk hot
  • Scampi Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons garlic crushed
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried cilantro optional
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • black pepper
  • 3 ⁄4 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Remaining Ingredients
  • 1 ⁄2 lb angel hair pasta cooked and drained
  • 2 bell peppers thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 10 garlic cloves roasted
  • 2 chicken breasts sliced
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. For white sauce: Heat 1 tablespoons butter in sauce pan, add 2 tablespoons flour and cook for 2 minutes on med. heat. heat stirring constantly. slowly add 3/4 cup hot milk (hot so it won't get lumpy). Set aside. (Make sure that the white sauce is hot when adding to the scampi sauce).
  3. For scampi sauce: Heat butter over low heat. add the garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper and black pepper. cook for about 2 minutes on low heat. add the wine and chicken broth. stir until combined. (I usually cook mine for about 30-40 minutes). add 1/4 cup white sauce and cook till slightly thickened.
  4. Flatten tenders, coat w Wondra flour & brown In a large skillet, in a little olive till nearly done. add the peppers and onions, saute till chicken is done. add the sauce. saute until everything is warmed. add roasted garlic cloves. serve over pasta.
  5. Roasted Garlic: Separate head of garlic into individual cloves still in 'paper'. toss in olive oil and wrap tightly in aluminum foil or a small pint sized dish with a lid. bake in 350* oven for 30 minute when the garlic has cooled to the touch you should be able to squeeze it out of the 'paper' shell of the individual cloves.

 

Enjoy!

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken – Olive Garden Copycat

This Copycat Olive Garden Parmesan Crusted Chicken is one recipe that every one of the family enjoyed and that doesn’t happen very often.

 

Fantastic dish and it tastes very close to Olive Gardens Recipe.

This dish was on the Olive Garden menu periodically from 1999-2004. I have a friend that was working there when it made an appearance on the menu and she says it was one of her favorite recipes.

This is a recipe that I will definitely make many times.

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Copycat Olive Garden Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

This dish was on the Olive Garden menu periodically from 1999-2004.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Olive Garden Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Servings: 2
Calories: 365 kcal
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 slices chicken breasts 1/2 inch thick (chicken tenders)
  • vegetable oil frying
  • 2 cups dry bow tie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup white wine Chablis
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teapoon basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup Asiago cheese finely grated
  • Garnish
  • 4 broccoli florets lightly steamed
  • 2 white mushrooms quartered lightly steamed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

  3. Wash and drain chicken strips.

  4. Mix breadcrumbs, flour, and Parmesan cheese together.

  5. Place milk in a dish for dipping.

  6. Dip chicken in breadcrumb mixture and then in milk and then back in breadcrumbs.

  7. Place in a frying pan in which oil has been heated and fry at medium to medium-low temperature until golden. Remove and drain chicken.

  8. In a saucepan on medium heat, melt butter, add olive oil. Whisk in flour until the mixture is blended.

  9. Quickly add garlic, water, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt stir well. Add wine and blend. Immediately add half and half and sour cream stir.

  10. When the mixture is smooth add grated cheese stir until melted.

  11. Finally, sprinkle fresh basil in the sauce and stir lightly and remove from heat.

  12. Garnish: Place 2 cups pasta in an individual a pasta dish. Spoon about 1/2- 3/4 cup sauce over pasta, add broccoli and mushrooms.

  13. Place Parmesan Chicken on pasta and sprinkle red crushed pepper and add grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

 

Enjoy this Parmesan Crusted Chicken!

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Grilled Chicken Wings – Better Make Extras!

These Grilled Chicken Wings are positively scrumptious and so easy. There is NO way you’re going to have leftovers! Try to make extras.

 

If you bite into one of these hot off the grill the rest may not make it into the house!

I took a couple over to the neighbors and they almost bit my fingers off to get them!

The marinade is simply wonderful and so easy. I marinated the wings for 6 hours to overnight. I also use 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger finely grated instead of ground ginger.

Make extras because they are just as good cold the next day.

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Grilled Chicken Wings
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Marinating Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

These grilled chicken wings are the best I've ever had. You'd better make extras!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Chicken Wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 295 kcal
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs chicken wings
  • 1 ⁄2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ⁄4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
Instructions
Directions
  1. Cut the chicken wings into three pieces and discard tips.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients into a bowl. Add wings and stir.
  3. Cover and marinate for 45 minutes.
  4. Place pieces on the grill and brush with remaining mixture. Grill over medium-hot coals about 15-20 minutes, turning once.

Enjoy These Grilled Chicken Wings!

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Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs – These Are Addictive

Wow oh wow oh wow!!!! Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs might be one of the top grilled chicken recipes of my life! It is very easy and very yummy!!

 

The kids love it too.

I’ve never had better chicken on the grill EVER!!! Love it! When I take it to a BBQ everyone wants the recipe.

I did make some shallow slits in the chicken so the marinade would seep into the meat.

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Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Marinating Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
 

Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs are one of those addictive type dishes. Have it once and you'll have it again and again!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 295 kcal
Ingredients
  • 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced chili
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except chicken in a bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add chicken and leave to marinate at least one hour, preferably longer.
  3. Grill chicken on the BBQ, hotplate or in the griller until golden brown and cooked through.
Recipe Notes

Usually you would expect 12 thigh fillets to feed 4 to 6 people- in my family the kids eat 4 each so this recipe serves 3.

Enjoy These Thai-Grilled Chicken Thighs!

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Easy Baked BBQ Chicken – Wow! So Easy

Easy Baked BBQ Chicken! Talk about Easy… Wow! This is the easiest BBQ chicken recipe I’ve ever found. This is delicious chicken!!!

 

Don’t let the ease of preparation fool you.

Perfect for those times that you’re craving BBQ but can’t fire up the grill. I like to serve it with slaw and potato salad.

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Easy Baked BBQ Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

A quick and easy BBQ Chicken recipe!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Baked BBQ Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 365 kcal
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup A1 Original Sauce
Instructions
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Mix BBQ Sauce and A1 together.
  3. Brush chicken with sauce mixture.
  4. Bake for 40 Minutes, Repeatedly Basting with Sauce until its gone.

 

Enjoy!

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Simple Caribbean Jerk Chicken

I like Caribbean Jerk Chicken but often don’t have all the exotic ingredients. This simplifies the mix by using dry Italian dressing. Yummy on the Grill!

 

I love the hint of the cinnamon flavor. This is a recipe I will make again and again.

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Simple Caribbean Jerk Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Marinating Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

This really is Simple Caribbean Jerk Chicken! Sooo easy to do.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Grilling
Keyword: Caribbean Jerk Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 375 kcal
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 1 ⁄2 lbs chicken pieces
Instructions
Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients except chicken in bowl. Pour over chicken.
  2. Cover and marinate 1 hour or over night in fridge.
  3. GRILL it!

 

Enjoy!

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