May 17, 2012

Better-Than-Takeout Baked Sweet Chinese Chicken


Who doesn’t love a good Chinese food take-out night?

I have always loved attempting to make my own Chinese, Thai, and Oriental foods. I’ve attempted – as you can see attempted is the operative word – fried wontons, pad thai, lo mein, sesame chicken and lettuce wraps.  I succeeded maybe 2 out of 5 times. So last week as part of my daily routine, I was scouring Pinterest for new recipes and came across one for Sweet & Sour baked Chicken.

I was intrigued.

I have been craving it for some time and figured to test it out for dinner. In pure Anti-Mom fashion, I was missing (and forgot) some of the key ingredients. I said eff it, and just went along with it anyway. I was out that night and my husband ate it before I could try it out. I was praying it wasn’t a huge fail but the final product turned out better than I could have ever imagined. Instead of a typical sweet and sour Chinese chicken, it was more along the lines of a General Tso – all it was missing was a kick of spice.

Better-Than-Takeout Baked Sweet Chinese Chicken



  • 3 -4 chicken breast
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of Corn Starch
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Canola Oil

Sweet Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 TBS Ketchup
  • 3 TBS BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • Optional: 1 TBS Soy Sauce (this is the ingredient I forgot. bleh)
  • Optional: Red Pepper Flakes for some spice

Pre-heat the oven to 325. Rinse chicken and cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper. Take 2 shallow dishes and beat 2 eggs in one and put the corn starch in the other. Dip the chicken in the corn starch first, then in the eggs.

Heat the canola oil in a large pan on medium-high heat and cook the chicken till it browns but be sure you don’t cook all the way through. Place the browned chicken in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan/dish.

In a small bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients together then pour over it all over the chicken evenly. Bake for 1 hour, giving the chicken a nice stir every 15 minutes.

Try it out, I promise you will not be disappointed. Stay tuned for my  Fried Brown Rice recipe. It makes a great freakin’ side to this chicken! YUM!


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