Recipe: Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

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If you're in the mood for Chinese food but don't want the calories, we have the perfect solution. This recipe is tender, juicy and flavorful without being too difficult! It only takes about 10 minutes of prep before putting it into the oven to bake!

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Recipe: Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1¾ cups


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ⅓ cup plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (8-ounce) can juice-packed pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup reduced-sugar ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon less-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon stevia
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat an 11x7-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place the chicken and ⅓ cup of the cornstarch in a large resealable bag. Seal and shake the bag a few times to evenly coat the chicken.
  3. In a wok or large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken in a single layer and cook the chicken until browned all over but not cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes, turning the chicken occasionally. Remove from the heat.
  4. Drain the pineapple and reserve the juice for the sauce.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved pineapple juice, ketchup, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, stevia, red pepper flakes, and remaining 2 teaspoons of the cornstarch.
  6. Place the browned chicken pieces in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Add the pineapple chunks, onion, and red and yellow bell peppers. Pour the sauce evenly over the chicken and vegetables.
  7. Cover the baking dish loosely with foil and bake until the sauce is bubbling and the chicken is cooked through, about 45 minutes. Stir the chicken mixture and rotate the pan front to back halfway through the baking time to ensure that it cooks evenly.
  8. Serve garnished with the green onions.

Nutrition Information
Per Serving (1¾ cups):
Calories: 294
Fat: 10g
Carbohydrates: 29g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 13g
Protein: 24g
WWP+: 8
SmartPoints: 8

The nutrition content of recipes on have been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.