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

Everyday Food, December 2012


Johnny Miller

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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


Reviews (1)

16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
It is fabulous. Only change I made was using canned diced pineapple (drained - easier than finding a good ripe pineapple in our small town) and 2 sweet red peppers because I had them in refrigerator and needed to use them. Would add sweet peppers to this recipe every time. Used only one jalapeno. Hot enough for us! This is a real keeper and would probably work with pork or shrimp as well.