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Stir-Fried Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

Don't call for delivery! This satisfying lightened-up version of the chinese takeout classic is easy to make at home.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Everyday Food, December 2012


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Salt
  • 1 three-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small serrano chile, seeded if desired and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 1/4 pineapple, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 bunches scallions, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2-3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Cooked rice


  1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high 1 minute, then add 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat. Add chicken, season with salt, and cook 1 minute. Stir in ginger, garlic, and chile and cook until chicken is almost cooked through, about 3 minutes.

  2. Stir in jam and pineapple, then add scallions. Cook until chicken is cooked through and scallions are bright green and tender, about 3 minutes. Season with vinegar and salt. Serve with rice.

Cook's Notes

"Ever look up a traditional recipe for sweet-and-sour chicken? I'll save you the trouble -- it's deep-fried. Don't get me wrong, I love fried food. But weeknight frying is no fun. Here's my anytime version: It's a simple, quick, and easy-cleanup stir-fry -- classic flavor included." - Sarah Carey

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