I love sweet, anything sweet really.  So it’s no wonder I like my meat sweet too.  Sweet and Sour Chicken is a favorite Chinese Take Out menu Item now easily made right at home.  

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Ready In:

30 Minutes

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About Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

I’m a busy mom.  Let’s face it, so are many of you!  And I need easy to prepare dinners that the family will love.  Sweet and Sour Chicken is a classic favorite for many including my family.  Something about all the flavors combined to make this sweet yet sour sauce is just good.  I personally love white rice covered in sauce.  OOhhh yum!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Sweet and Sour is a classic Chinese recipe that has been Americanized and a family favorite.  In our home on most evenings, we are all coming and going with our various activities, which often times makes dinner difficult.  Which is why I love my Instant Pot.  Gone are the days of worrying ‘What’s for Dinner?’.  I can easily make great recipes just like this Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe in under 30 minutes.  That’s a mom win for sure!

Family Style Chinese Take Out

We love a variety of flavors in our meals, so it’s fun to make multiple Take Out Recipes and serve Family Style for the family.  Some of our Favorites include Mongolian Beef, Cashew Chicken, and of course Honey Garlic Chicken.  Give these other recipes a try, we love them and make them often in our dinner rotation.

What is Sweet and Sour?

Sweet and Sour is a type of Sauce made popular by Chinese Culture.  It combines sweet flavors with sour to create a zingy goodness in your mouth.  Sweet and Sour can be served with Chicken, Fish, Beef, Pork, or over veggies.

What can I serve Sweet an Sour with?

Sweet and Sour Chicken is best served with rice.  We prefer white rice as it gives a great contrast in flavors.  You can also serve over a noodle or veggies.  

Can Sweet and Sour Chicken be made on the Stove?

Of course it can!  Cook your chicken in a frying pan following the directions until it is no longer pink.  Add the ingredients for the sauce, and reduce heat to a simmer.  Cover pan and simmer for 4-5 minutes.  Add Bell Peppers and Onion chunks and allow to cook until desired doneness.  To thicken sauce add a corn starch slurry.  Serve over rice, noodles, or other veggies.

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Quick Tips

While your chicken and sauce is cooking take the time to cut up your Bell Peppers and Onions and clean your kitchen.  It will make your evening a breeze to clean up later.

Yield: 4 Servings

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken
Quick and Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken made in the Instant Pot in minute. So much better than Take Out, stay in and enjoy this Chinese Favorite
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes


  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Chunks
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Tb Rice Wine
  • 1 1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 Tbs Garlic
  • 2 Tbs Butter


  1. Cut Chicken into 1 in cubes.
  2. Heat Instant Pot to Saute' and wait until it reads "Hot"
  3. Add Butter and Garlic.
  4. Add Cubed Chicken and cook until no longer pink.
  5. Turn off Instant Pot
  6. Add Soy Sauce, Ketchup, Brown Sugar, Rice Wine, and Pineapple Juice and stir.
  7. Set to Manual for 5 minutes. Quick Release
  8. Cut up Bell peppers and onion into large chunks.
  9. Add to Instant Pot and Set to Manual for 1 minute. Quick Release
  10. Add Cornstarch Slurry (2 Tbs Cornstarch with as little water as possible) and stir to thicken sauce. (Optional)
  11. Serve over rice.
  12. Garnish with Sesame Seeds, and Green Onions.


Cut up Bell Peppers and Onion into large chunks while the chicken and sauce mixture is cooking. It will save you time!

Substitute: You can substitute any color bell peppers for another color or leave it out entirely.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 507 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 117mg Sodium: 1648mg Carbohydrates: 63g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 51g Protein: 41g

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