Chinese Sticky Chicken

Crispy sweet and sour chicken: A simple stir-fried dish for the family

Stir-fry is a great dish to enjoy with your whole family and this crispy sweet and sour chicken recipe is going to be your new weekly favourite.

Chinese Sticky Chicken

Sometimes you need something simple for lunch or dinner. With our busy schedules, you don’t want to cook for too long and stir-fry is often the way to go. Also, not all stir-fry dishes need to have all kinds of vegetables in them but you can still add it to your crispy sweet and sour chicken. Food never needs to be complicated and this recipe provides you with crunch and flavour in every bite without taking hours in front of your stove after work.

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Crispy sweet and sour chicken suggestions

The corn starch works great to add crispiness instead of flour and will also thicken the sauce a bit more when you combine them. Add some spices like paprika to the corn starch for a bit of extra kick to the seasoning. When combining the chicken with the sweet and sour sauce, don’t cook them together too long so that the chicken stays crispy. You need a steaming bowl of fluffy rice to make the best of this recipe and it’s all ready in under 30 minutes.

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Stir-fry is a great dish to enjoy with your whole family and this crispy sweet and sour chicken recipe is going to be your new weekly favourite.

Last updated 4 May 2023

Crispy sweet and sour chicken recipe

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Recipe by Irene Muller Course: MainCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the sauce
  • 2 tbsp 2 corn flour / maizena

  • 1 tbsp 1 chicken stock (1 cube chicken stock)

  • 5 tbsp 5 honey

  • 1 bunch 1 chives, chopped

  • 2 tbsp 2 grated ginger

  • 1 litre 1 water

  • For the chicken
  • 6 6 skinless and boneless chicken breasts (500 g)

  • 1 cup 1 corn flour / maizena

  • olive oil or coconut oil to taste


  • For the sauce
  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan. 
  • Bring to a boil on medium heat and keep stirring until thickened.  Taste if the balance of sweet and saltiness is to your taste, adjust if you need more sweetness or saltiness. Keep warm.
  • For the chicken
  • Cut all the chicken into cubes.
  • Place the chicken in a glass bowl together with the maizena.  Make sure all the chicken is covered well.
  • Place a saucepan on high heat with 4 tablespoons of coconut oil / olive oil.
  • Sauté portions of the chicken until crispy and browned on all sides, set aside and keep warm. Continue until all the chicken is done.  
  • Place the fried chicken in the warm sauce.
  • Serve immediately with cooked rice or noodles of your choice.

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