This easy Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple recipe is made with bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes in a tasty, tangy gluten-free sauce.
Better than Takeout: Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple
When you want to dine in but want a restaurant-quality takeout meal, then give this quick and easy Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe that’s made with pineapple and bell peppers.
This recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken is a classic among the takeout joints near my home. In truth, I once thought that it was easier to place an order, wait and then retrieve the food, rather than make it at home.
But no more. Today, I’m a firm believer that you can cook restaurant-quality food at home with ease, with the help of great ingredients.
Chicken without Breading
In the classic recipe of the same name, chicken pieces are breaded with flour or cornstarch and fried.
For this dish the chicken is cooked simply as is—gluten free– in sesame oil. This is especially great for folks who have an intolerance to anything with gluten. Besides you won’t miss it—not one bit.
I actually prefer it this way, as I’m really not a fan of breaded chicken in this dish. If you cook the chicken as instructed to add a bit of crust on the outside, you’ll have the same tactile feeling on your tongue as if it were breaded—but without the gluten or calories.
I used lean breast meat for this easy Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe. But that being said, you can definitely use boneless chicken thighs as your meat of choice or a mix of both. It will just take a minute or so more time to cook.
Fruit and Vegetables Galore
This recipe wouldn’t be the same without a lot of vegetables and pineapple. So to that end, I loaded my prep bowl with red and yellow peppers cut into chunks, sliced red onions and yellow cherry tomatoes.
I also used fresh pineapple that was peeled and cored thanks to my local grocer.
I prefer to use fresh fruit and vegetables whenever possible because it allows the true taste and texture of these ingredients to shine. And, when paired with a sweet-sour sauce, well, it’s a match in culinary heaven.
And, speaking of sauces, this recipe shows that you can make a great sauce without gluten–guaranteed.
The trick for it’s success is to reduce the sauce on medium high heat at the same time you are heating the rest of the ingredients through.
No Wok Needed
Now my vessel of choice for this recipe isn’t what you might think. Some folks might opt for a wok but it isn’t necessary. My Scanpan stockpot is as handy of a “wok” as I’m going to get.
In truth, a wok for me would be stored away and only used minimally, unlike my stockpot which is used almost on a daily basis.
However, if you have a wok and want to give this recipe a try using it, by all means do so. The results will be amazing, as well.
Besides, I’m always seemingly making more than I need for one meal, so I need the room that a stockpot offers. And, the leftovers are as delicious as they are on the day they were cooked.
I like to serve this recipe with a side of Jasmine rice, although you could eat it as is.
As with all of my recipes here on WisconsinHomemaker.com, variety is the spice of life and so are the following recipe variations. There are a plethora of ingredients that you can mix and match. Give these a try too, the next time you make this recipe:
- pork tenderloin
- beef tenderloin
- broccoli florets
- bamboo shoots
- sugar snap peas
- green beans
- summer squash
- chili peppers
- Anaheim peppers
- snow peas
- bok choy
- minced garlic
- minced ginger
- lemon grass
- red pepper flakes
So, have I whetted your appetite for this amazingly simple and easy Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe? I hope so. Enjoy!
More Asian-Inspired Recipes at Your Fingertips
Want more Asian-inspired recipes that are quick and easy to make and definitely family-friendly? Here are my favorite picks just for you:
- Sesame Ahi tuna Steak with Asian Sauce
- Chinese Orange Chicken
- Asian Cucumber Salad
- Ramen Noodle and Napa Cabbage Salad
- Grilled Thai Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce
- Thai Coconut Shrimp Curry
- Hunan Pork Tortilla Wraps
- Chicken and Mushroom Ramen
Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken Pineapple Recipe
For the Main Dish
- 4 cups chicken breasts 1” chunks
- 3 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 cup red bell pepper chopped 1” pieces
- 1 cup yellow bell pepper chopped 1” pieces
- 2 cups red onion chopped 1” pieces
- 2 cups yellow or red cherry tomatoes
For the Sauce:
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup chicken stock or broth
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
For the Rice:
- 4 cups Jasmine Rice cooked (optional, according to package instructions)
For the Rice:
- Cook the rice according to package instructions.
For the Sauce
- Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
For the Main Dish:
- In a large stockpot, add sesame oil and heat until rippling. Add chicken breast meat and sauté until the meat is cooked through, approximately 10 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, including the sauce.
- Cook on medium high for approximately 10-15 minutes until vegetables are softened and sauce thickens.
- Stir regularly.
- Once cooked through, remove from heat and serve over Jasmine rice. Enjoy!