Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken

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An easy and guilt-free recipe for classic Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken with tons of flavor, made in just 30 minutes with a handful of pantry staple ingredients. 

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sweet and sour chicken with onions and bell peppers in a white bowl with chopsticks

We had a family Christmas party on my inlaw’s side Saturday… and then again on Sunday. Lots of cheesy dips and lot of sugar-overload deserts have been making their way into my holiday diet, and I’ve greeted them with wide open arms. This is what the holidays are about! No wait. The holidays are about giving. And family. And then good food comes in maybe, third place.

So allow me to re-phrase. This is part of what the holidays are about!

sweet and sour chicken with onions and bell peppers in a white bowl with chopsticks

As I was digging into my second helping of Oreo-peppermint-ice-cream-dessert (oh-ma-gosh. addiction alert!!) that my sister in law KaDee brought to the par-tay, we joked about our new year’s resolutions and how January-one will be diet central as we try to shed the holiday pounds.

But I’ve actually been trying to balance all of the holiday cookies and homemade caramels with some lighter dishes (ohhhh quinoa chicken nuggets I love you).

Hence this healthy sweet and sour chicken.


sweet and sour chicken with onions and bell peppers in a white bowl

So what makes it healthy?? Well most restaurants deep-fry their chicken in a thick batter, which is, let’s admit it, totally delicious. But! It’s not needed. You can get tons of flavor without the heavy oil-laden breading. This chicken is lightly coated in corn starch which is probably my favorite trick for making-over takeout dishes. The corn starch is low-carb and a very thin coating delivers a crispy exterior on your chicken when sautéed in a tablespoon or two of oil.

We ate this for lunch just yesterday and we instantly fell in love. It actually makes it hard to ever order sweet and sour chicken from a restaurant again now that we have an easy and healthier version to whip up at home in 30 minutes.

sweet and sour chicken with onions and bell peppers in a white bowl


What people are saying about this Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken

“I just made this and sooo glad I did – this is the best recipe I’ve ever used! If you’re looking for a good sweet and sour recipe, look not further, was so yummy I may have eaten too much! I also substituted half the sugar for raw honey to make it stickier and a bit healthier 🙂” – Kerri 

“Loved this recipe! Followed almost to a T… Super delicious! Served this over jasmine rice. Even though I gave it a couple tweaks, thank you so much for such a great recipe!!!!!! We’ll be keeping this one for sure!”

“This recipe was so delicious my whole family I loved it. Will definitely make it again. Definitely a five star recipe.” – Cathy 

“I LOOOOOOOOVE this recipe! My 1 year old daughter loves the chicken (no sauce for her) and every one else who’s had it loves it too! I am so glad I found your recipe! Thank you for sharing!” – Phyl

Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken

An easy and guilt-free recipe for classic sweet and sour chicken with tons of flavor.
4.69 from 94 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded to 1/2 inch thickness and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion chopped


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (may sub white vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt*
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  • First prepare the sauce. Add sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion salt, and ketchup to a medium sauce pan. Stir and bring to a boil. In a small bowl whisk together the 1 tablespoon corn starch and cold water until dissolved. Add to sauce pan and stir until thickened, then reduce to low heat.
  • Add chicken pieces and corn starch to a large ziplock bag. Seal and shake to coat chicken. Drizzle a large pan or skillet with oil. Add coated chicken. Saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add peppers and onions. Continue to saute over medium heat until chicken is browned and cooked through.
  • Add sauce to chicken and peppers. Stir to coat well. Serve warm with cooked rice if desired.


*If you don't have onion salt, use garlic salt instead of garlic powder, and use onion powder instead of garlic salt.
*If you don't mind a slightly less-healthy version and looooove sauce, you can double the sauce recipe.


Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1034mg | Potassium: 557mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 1966IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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Sauce adapted from Table For Two

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This very easy-to-eat dish is a vegetarian-friendly option. can be done in a short time. Thanks for sharing.
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We never go back for SEconds in my family, but we did tonight. This was exceptional and will be in the regular rotation from now on!

    Thrilled to hear that! Thanks, Tammy.

you have the corn starch going 2 places in this recpie. It gets mixed with the water and goes into the sauce pan. You also have it going into the bag to coach the chicken. So is it the two separate tablespoons of corn starch ? 1 for each ? thx

    Corn starch is called for in both sections- two separate amounts.

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