Sweet and Sour Chicken



Created by:

Dalby South State School, QAST
Prep time:
20 min
Cooking time:
20 min




600gskinless chicken breast, cubed
1/2cupcorn flour
2eggs, beaten
1/2cupplain flour
canola oil, for frying
1cuppineapple chunks
1red capsicum
1green capsicum
1/2yellow capsicum
2stickscelery, chopped
1carrot, sliced into half moons
1/2brown onion
1/2cupwhite sugar
1/4cupbrown sugar
1/2cupapple cider vinegar
1/3cuptomato sauce
4tspsoy sauce
2garlic cloves, minced


  1. Whisk together white sugar, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, tomato sauce, soy sauce and garlic in a small mixing bowl. If using tinned pineapple, add juice and set aside. (Tip: use gluten-free soy sauce to make this meal gluten-free.)
  2. Pour canola oil into fry pan to be about 1.5cm deep.
  3. Heat oil to a high heat so that chicken will only take 2-3 minutes to cook.
  4. Add corn flour to a zip lock bag or airtight container, add chicken and shake until well coated.
  5. Dip chicken into egg and then flour. (Tip: skip this step if offering gluten-free)
  6. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy.
  7. Remove chicken from oil and place on a try (Tip: do not use paper towel as chicken will stick to it.)
  8. When all chicken is cooked remove all but a tablespoon of oil from the pan.
  9. Add capsicum, onion, carrot, celery and pineapple to the pan and cook until crisp but tender.
  10. Add sauce to pan and coat all the vegetables. Cook until warmed.
  11. Add chicken to the pan and stir through, cooking until the sauce has thickened and is bubbling.
  12. Serve with rice.

Recipe description

Our Recipe of the Year 2022 winner. An old time family favourite with electrifying vegetable colour.


  • Can reduce the amount of capsicum by half.
  • Freeze for up to 6 months.
Packaging suggestion: Serve and freeze in a small foil container with a cardboard lid. This recipe was an entrant in the 2022 Recipe of the Year competition which is funded by the Queensland Government through Health and Wellbeing Queensland. Health and Wellbeing Queensland

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