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Close-up view of a bowl of Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken (Gluten-Free + Paleo-Friendly)


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Generous Servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Healthy Sweet & Sour Chicken – This homemade sweet and sour chicken is made lighter and healthier, with all the same delicious flavors we love in the classic! (Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly)


Ingredients

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FOR THE CHICKEN + STIR-FRY:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed into 1” pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 small onion, cut into 1″ cubes (about 1 cup)
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (I prefer canned in juice–you’ll use juice in the sauce)
  • 1 green onion, sliced for garnish

FOR THE SWEET & SOUR SAUCE:

  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar* (can sub white or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. gluten-free tamari, coconut aminos*, or soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup*
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch or arrowroot*
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger (recommended, but optional)

Instructions

FIRST, PREPARE THE SWEET & SOUR SAUCE:

  1. Pour 1/4 cup pineapple juice from the canned pineapple into a liquid measuring cup. Drain and store remaining pineapple juice for other uses (like smoothies!).
  2. Add vinegar, water, tamari, honey, ketchup, cornstarch/arrowroot, and garlic to the pineapple juice and whisk to combine.
  3. Set aside while you cook the chicken and veggies.

THEN, COOK THE CHICKEN & VEGGIES:

  1. Place chicken in a medium bowl or container. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. cornstarch or arrowroot. Toss with a fork to coat the chicken well.
  2. Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the chicken and cook 4-5 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes on the second side, or until completely cooked through.
  4. Remove chicken from pan and set aside on a clean plate.
  5. Add onion and bell peppers to the same pan and cook 3-4 minutes or so, until the veggies are crisp-tender.
  6. Return cooked chicken to the pan with the veggies. Add pineapple to the pan.
  7. Stir sweet and sour sauce one more time (in case the cornstarch has settled), and pour sauce into the pan.
  8. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. (It should look translucent and glossy)
  9. Serve warm plain or over rice or cauliflower rice.

Notes

*PALEO NOTES: For paleo, use white or apple cider vinegar, paleo-approved ketchup (like Primal Kitchen brand), coconut aminos, and arrowroot.

  • Prep Time: About 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: About 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken, Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken, GLuten-Free Sweet and Sour Chicken, Sweet and sour chicken recipe