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Best Air Fryer Sweet And Sour Chicken Recipe 

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This Air Fryer Sweet And Sour Chicken recipe is full of amazing flavor! If you’re ready for a sweet and hearty comfort food recipe, you’re going to crave this crispy sweet and sour chicken.

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What Is Sweet and Sour Chicken?

This sweet and sour chicken air fryer recipe is just like it sounds. Every bite has a little bit of sweetness paired with the perfect balance of sour. Since this sweet and sour chicken in air fryer recipe has a nice crunch, it’s just like what you’d get from take-out!

You can also make this sweet and sour chicken in the Instant Pot!

 Can you reheat sweet and sour chicken? 

You bet. Reheating is a breeze. You can easily pop it back in your air fryer and reheat it or even use the microwave as well.

If you’re wanting some of that crunch back on the chicken, the air fryer is going to be the best way to make that happen!

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Ingredients For Sweet And sour Chicken 

Chicken:

  • chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • salt
  • pepper 
  • corn starch
  • pineapple chunks
  • onion
  • red bell pepper
  • green bell pepper
  • green onions for garnish

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • ketchup 
  • sugar
  • rice vinegar or white wine vinegar 
  • water
  • minced garlic 
  • pineapple juice
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How To Make Sweet And Sour Chicken 

Making this easy chicken recipe in the air fryer is a crazy simple and easy way to make a delicious dinner.

Step 1: Coat the chicken

Fully coat the chicken bites in corn starch, salt, and pepper. Place evenly in the oil-sprayed air fryer basket, and spray the chicken with oil.

adding the chicken to the air fryer basket

Step 2: cook

Cook on 380 for 8 minutes. Shake basket halfway. 

Step 3: Add the veggies

After 8 minutes, shift the chicken to one half and add the vegetables and pineapple to the other side. Finish cooking for 8 more minutes. Mix after 4 minutes.

adding the veggies and pineapple to the instant pot

Step 4: Make the sauce

While cooking chicken, mix the sauce ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then remove to cool and thicken. 

making the sweet and sour sauce

Step 5: Serve

Pour sauce over chicken and vegetables. Mix and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

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You can also add to the top of rice, too!

Best Air Fryer Sweet And Sour Chicken Recipe

Can you make keto sweet and sour chicken?

Absolutely! Just add in more veggies and leave out the rice. It’s low carb without having to get rid of any of the flavors.

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what veggies go with sweet and sour chicken? 

Any vegetables will taste great with this recipe but there are a few that stand out. Some of the best veggies to add to this chicken recipe is:

  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Onions

If you like spice and heat, you can add in fresh jalapenos as well! Although, that may be more of a spicy chicken recipe rather than a sweet and sour.

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At what temperature is chicken considered safe to eat?

If you’re worried that the chicken isn’t cooked all the way, use a meat thermometer and check the internal temperature. As long as it reads 165 degrees, it’s done and ready to enjoy!

More Chicken Recipes

There are so many great chicken recipes that I think you’ll love! Here are some of the best:

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes

Find out how simple and easy it is to make air fryer sweet and sour chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts or chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 cup corn-starch (or potato starch)
  • 1 can pineapple chunks, canned
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 Red bell pepper, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 green onions for garnish

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 water
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pineapple juice from the can

Instructions

  1. Fully coat the chicken bites in corn-starch, salt, and pepper. Place evenly in the oil sprayed air fryer basket, spray chicken with oil.
  2. Cook on 380 for 8 minutes. Shake basket halfway. 
  3. After 8 minutes, shift the chicken to one half and add the vegetables and pineapple to the other side. Finish cooking for 8 more minutes. Mix after 4 minutes.
  4. While cooking chicken, mix the sauce ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then remove to cool and thicken. 
  5. Pour sauce over chicken and vegetables. Mix and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 548mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 44g

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Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!

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