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a white bowl filled with white rice and topped with sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
This is an easy chicken recipe that is ready in less than 35 minute! Serve it with rice or quinoa for a full meal.
5 from 2 votes


  • 2 chicken breasts, (about 1.25 pounds), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • Green onions, sliced into thin rounds for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

For the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • In a medium saucepan, add all of the ingredients for the sauce except for the water and cornstarch. Whisk together and bring to a boil.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Add to the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Your sauce should thicken as it simmers. Remove it from the heat and set it aside while you make your chicken.
  • Add the chicken, cornstarch and salt and pepper to a Ziploc bag and shake to coat.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add the chicken. Cook over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Add additional olive oil if the chicken begins to stick to the pan.
  • Add the chopped bell peppers and onion to the pan and stir to combine. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the veggies are just barely tender.
  • Add the pineapple chunks to the pan.
  • Pour the sauce into the pan. Stir to combine. Bring the pan to a boil over medium high heat and cook until heated through. Serve over rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.


  • Less sugar or substitute: You can cut back on the sugar or use honey. Keep in mind that you need some kind of sweetener to create the sweet flavor for the sauce.
  • Prevent chicken from sticking to pan: Heat the oil and pan until it's hot before adding your chicken to prevent chicken from sticking. 
Nutritional information does not include rice for serving.


Calories: 460kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 540mg, Potassium: 683mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 1176IU, Vitamin C: 85mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
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