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Chicken – Sweet and Sour

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken, battered and healthy, in a traditional sauce that's sure to please everyone.
Difficulty: Easy
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Chicken, Pork
Method Air Fryer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes


  • Air Fryer
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Large Skillet
  • Small Bowl



  • 4 Oz. Chicken
  • ½ Tbsp. Corn Starch
  • 1/16 tsp. Salt
  • 1/16 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/16 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/16 tsp. Onion Powder


  • Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • ½ Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Ketchup
  • ¼ tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • cup Cider Vinegar


  • 1 Tbsp. Cold Water
  • 1 tsp. Corn Starch


  • 1 Med Sweet White Onion - Coarsly chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper - Coarsely chopped
  • 2 Carrots - sliced
  • ½ cup Pineapple Chunks - drained


  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium/low heat. Bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Cut chicken up into bite-size pieces, (1″ x 1″)
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place cornstarch in a gallon plastic bag, add the chicken seasonings, and shake together. Add chicken pieces to the bag and shake to thouroughly coat all pieces.
  • Place coated chicken in the air fryer. Do not over-crowd. Make several batches if needed.
  • Spray with cooking oil, and fry for 8 minute. Shake and spray again halfway through.
  • Chop the vegetables into bite sized pieces and sauté in a medium pan until slightly soft.
  • Combine slurry ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to remove any clumps.
  • When the sauce has finished simmering, slowly add the slurry to thicken to your liking.
  • Finally, add chicken and vegetables to the pan with the sauce and toss to evenly coat.


Skinless/boneless Thighs are best suited but Breast meat or chicken tenderloins also work.
Chicken should reach 165°F.   Pork is safe and tender at 145°F.
Substitute thick, boneless Pork Chops for a great variation.

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