Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe by Chef Katie Chin (Serves 4-6)

Written by Katie Chin

It’s easy to feel a lot of negativity when you’re going through a divorce.  I know I did.  I remember a friend of mine saying, “You know, the sweet wouldn’t be as sweet without the sour.” 

It made me stop and think about all the good in my world – my friends, my family, my pets – and realized that I needed to embrace both the good and the bad in life.  

Most importantly, I learned to strike a healthy balance of emotions and remember to pause to appreciate all the good.  Please enjoy this recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken and I hope you make it to celebrate the sweet and sour of it all!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe by Chef Katie Chin  (Serves 4-6)

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chickenbreast or thigh, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 can (8 oz) pineapple chunks, drained


  1. Mix the egg, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon soy sauce and the white pepper in a medium bowl. Add the chicken and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  2. Cut each tomato into 8 wedges. Cut bell pepper into 1-inch pieces.
  3. Heat vegetable oil (1.5 inches) in a wok or deep skillet to 350 degrees. Mix flour, 3/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon salt and the baking soda in a medium bowl. Stir chicken pieces into batter until well coated. Fry about 15 pieces at a time for 4 minutes or until light brown, turning frequently; drain on paper towels. Increase oil temperature to 375 degrees. Fry chicken all at one time 1 minute or until golden brown; drain on paper towels. Place chicken on a heated platter.
  4. Heat sugar, broth, vinegar, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil,2 teaspoons soy sauce,
    1 teaspoon salt and the garlic to boiling in a sauce pan. Mix 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; stir into the sauce. Cook and stir about 20 seconds or until thickened. Stir in tomatoes, bell pepper and pineapple. Heat to boiling and pour over chicken. Serve immediately.

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