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Sweet and Sour Sauce

Barbara Zernicke

"Quick and easy to make. Feel free to make substitutions. You can substitute ketchup for chili sauce and cider vinegar for wine vinegar; still tastes great. I usually double the recipe."
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10 m servings 49 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 49 kcal
  • 2%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.8g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 0.5 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 404 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Stir chicken broth, sugar, wine vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, cornstarch, and cayenne pepper together in a saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar and cornstarch dissolve; cook and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes.

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  1. 14 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

very tasty! I used ketchup and a dash of chili powder in place of chili sauce. nice flavor, and not too sweet!

Most helpful critical review

I don't know why, but it has a faint maple taste. It was easy to make, but not sour enough.

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very tasty! I used ketchup and a dash of chili powder in place of chili sauce. nice flavor, and not too sweet!

Not overly sweet like so many - more like the homemade kind at our local asian restaurant. Chili sauce makes it great!

Delicious! I made some changes though ? instead of wine vinegar vinegar I added 3 ts of white wine plus 3 ts of white vinegar ? DELICIOUS!

Substituted 1/2 red wine vinegar and rice vinegar and added 1/2 tbs more sugar. It was a tad too tart otherwise.

Much to sour for my liking, added more sugar and it was much better. I used catsup instead of chili sauce and cider vinegar instead of wine vinegar. Will make again adding the additional sugar.

Made it with the ketchup and no cayenne; best sweet and sour I've ever had, and none of the HFCS that it seems everything out there is using these days; all I'll use going forward. Thanks!

This was so delicious ! I had some chunks of pork, red onion, broccoli, canned mango, and water chestnuts, but didn't know what to sauce it up with. This sauce was so tasty and perfectly compli...

Noted that other reviews said it didn't have enough sour so I substituted the broth for cider vinegar and I dont have regular hit sauce so used siracha. Just the right amount of sweet and sour a...

I liked this recipe it was really yummy.