Kid-Approved Sweet and Sour Chicken Sauce Recipe -
Kid-Approved Sweet and Sour Chicken Sauce Recipe
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Kid-Approved Sweet and Sour Chicken Sauce

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"This is an easy lunch or dinner that tastes just like take out! Very forgiving and allows for substitutions! This is enough for 4 kids, double for a family dinner! Serve this as a sauce for chicken nuggets and rice. You can substitute a can of orange soda for the pineapple juice."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Stir reserved pineapple juice, vinegar, sugar, and ketchup in a saucepan over medium heat until blended, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Whisk cornstarch and water in a bowl until cornstarch is dissolved; stir into pineapple juice mixture.
  3. Stir pineapple and carrots into the sauce; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 27, 2012

I wrote this recipe! PLEASE disregard the vinegar! You can use vinegar or ketchup, but not both! Also, you can use orange/ lemon lime soda or ginger ale instead of pineapple juice and water. Cut the sugar way down if you use soda. It is also fantastic with brown sugar and/ or soy sauce. I make this almost daily. (with whatever combo of ingredients I have on hand).The recipe is so forgiving and it will whip up in a sauce pan in no time. . My kids dip everything in it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 26, 2015

It would have been GREAT to have the mistake regarding the vinegar OR ketchup mistake corrected in the original recipe, and not as a review note... read it AFTER making it and adding $20.00 of chicken breast...


16 Ratings

Apr 28, 2012

Easy and good. I ended up dissolving the cornstarch in pineapple juice because I started with a bigger can of pineapple. And I used brown sugar - didn't measure but tried to add a little less than a cup.

May 01, 2012

awesome recipe!! loved it just the way it is..

Jul 20, 2012

The flavor was great, but it ended up very thick and jelly-like. i would cut the cornstarch next time.

Aug 16, 2014

Yes used only ketchup instead of vinegar. This was a great add to homemade chicken nuggets or rice. Awesome flavor!

Mar 24, 2013

I enjoy trying new sweet and sour recipes. This is a very yummy one. I like the pineapple in it! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Mar 11, 2013

I was very skeptical of this recipe. I followed the notes to switch leave out the vinegar and substitute lemon-lime soda for the pineapple. This came out very well. I added a bit of soy sauce, brown sugar and a touch of barbeque sauce. My kids loved it and it is way better than any of the bottled stuff in the grocery store. The novelty of ketchup and soda mixed together helped too I think. I will use it again when I need a sweet and sour sauce.


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  • Calories
  • 284 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 72.9 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 357 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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