Perfectly crispy and yet tender chicken with a delicious and sweet and tangy sauce, my Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is easy, delicious, and all done in the oven without the excess oil. It’s sure to be a hit with the whole family!

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Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of my favourite Chinese takeout dishes, along with Crispy duck, and Crispy Chilli Beef 😋.

This baked version is based off my popular sweet-and-sour chicken. In that one, I fry the coated chicken, but with this baked sweet and sour version we’re achieving a nice crispy coating and delicious sauce – but it’s all baked in the oven, without the need for frying in oil.

👩‍🍳 How to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. The chicken is covered in a light crispy coating that’s baked in the oven at 190C (375F) for 20-25 minutes.
  2. It’s got a good portion of your 5 a day – peppers, onions and loads of pineapple.
  3. We’re cooking the sauce and the chicken in the oven at the same time but in different trays.
  4. It’s ready in less than half an hour – that’s probably less time then it takes to order your takeaway and get it delivered!
  5. At the end of the initial cooking period add the cooked crispy chicken into to the sauce and serve.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP I use skinless chicken thighs rather than breast meat, as it’s much more moist and tender, and it lends itself well to being baked in the oven in small pieces.

A dark bowl with baked sweet and sour chicken on a bed of egg fried rice with a fork sticking out of the top left corner.

🍽️ What to serve it with

I love to serve this baked sweet and sour chicken with:

Although this recipe takes two baking dishes (one for the chicken – for extra crispness, and the other for the vegetables and sauce), I LOVE that it’s all done in the oven.
However! You can use the pan for the sauce and vegetables if you prefer:

Using a pan for the sauce and vegetables

Fry the vegetables and add the sweet and sour sauce ingredients and pineapple too a frying pan or large skillet on the hob (stovetop) and then pour it over the chicken and place it back in the oven for the last 5 minutes of baking.

Whichever way you do it, the chicken ends up thoroughly coated in the tasty sauce, and you can then put the baking dish straight on the table for everyone to help themselves.

Close up picture of baked sweet and sour chicken on some egg fried rice in a dark bowl all sprinkled with light sesame seeds.

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📋 Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Perfectly crispy and yet tender chicken with a delicious and sweet and tangy sauce, my baked sweet and sour chicken is easy, delicious, and all done in the oven without the excess oil. It's sure to be a hit with the whole family!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian


Crispy Chicken:

  • 5 chicken thigh fillets (500g/17.5oz) (skinless cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 3 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp oil

Sweet & Sour Sauce:

  • 1 onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 135 ml (4.5 floz) tomato ketchup
  • ½ tbps cornflour (cornstarch in USA)
  • 2 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped/crushed
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 5 tbsp dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 475 g (17oz) can of pineapple chunks in pineapple juice

To Serve:

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  • Preheat your oven to 190C/375F (fan).
  • Take your chicken thigh fillets, trim off the excess fat, and cut into bite-sized chunks. Put to one side.
    5 chicken thigh fillets (500g/17.5oz)
  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cornflour, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and paprika.
    3 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch), 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Place the chicken in the bowl with the cornflour, and mix, ensuring every piece of chicken is completely covered.
  • Drizzle the oil over the chicken in the bowl and mix it all up. You should end up with the chicken pieces looking well-coated and quite sticky.
    3 tbsp oil
  • Place the chicken into a large, low-sided baking dish or tray in a single layer. Try not to bunch the chicken together. The more room it has, the more crispy it will get. I use a set of tongs to separate the pieces, so they're not stuck together.
  • In a second baking dish (this one needs to be medium or high sided to hold the sauce later) place the onion and bell pepper and drizzle with a tbsp of oil.
    1 onion, 1 tbsp oil, 1 red bell pepper
  • Place the tray with the chicken at the top of the oven and the tray with the vegetables in the middle of the oven. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile make your sauce. Add the tomato ketchup and cornflour (cornstarch) to a small bowl mix together to combine. Then stir in the remaining sauce ingredients (including the pineapple chunks).
    2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp minced ginger, 135 ml (4.5 floz) tomato ketchup, 2 tbsp malt vinegar, 5 tbsp dark brown muscovado sugar, 475 g (17oz) can of pineapple chunks in pineapple juice, 1/2 tbps cornflour (cornstarch in USA)
  • After the chicken and vegetables have been in the oven for 10 minutes. Take the veggies out of the oven and pour over the sauce. Place back in the oven and cook along with the chicken for a further 10-15 minutes – until the chicken is fully cooked and browned and the sauce is bubbling.
  • Add the cooked chicken to the sauce dish stir it all together and serve.
    Egg Fried Rice, Chopped spring onions/scallions


You can cook the chicken in the air fryer (190C/375F) for about 15-18 minutes – until the chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink in the middle. Check on the chicken and give it a shake at least 3 times during cooking, to ensure the chicken doesn’t stick together.
Nutritional Information is per serving, without serving suggestion of rice or noodles.


Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 889mg | Potassium: 692mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 1820IU | Vitamin C: 73.5mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

This was originally posted in August 2014, and updated in January 2024 with new photos and improved instructions.

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  1. Zoe says:

    This was absolutely delicious … and so much easier to bake chicken in oven rather than fry. Thank you.

  2. Adrian says:

    5 stars
    Superb. Just follow the recipe for an amazing meal.

  3. Anne says:

    5 stars
    This was so good. There is little fuss with dipping the chicken pieces into flour, egg etc. And even better, there’s no frying. Chicken had a nice crunch. I served chicken and vegetables with the sauce separately because I thought the chicken might go soggy. Family loved it. Easy and relatively quick to prepare. Thank you!

  4. Julie says:

    Can you use pork tenderloin fillet as an alternative to chicken?

  5. Charlotte says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe as do my family. Easy, very little mess, easy to find ingredients and cooks the chicken beautifully (I use chicken breast and it’s fine, seems to need a little longer in the oven for some reason though).

  6. Debbie says:

    Hi Nicky is this 190 fan or electric temperature.

  7. Heather Edwards says:

    5 stars
    Loved this. I did the 20 min chicken version. Definitely make again. Remember to put the rice on half way through.

  8. Helen says:

    5 stars
    This is possibly the best sweet and sour chicken I have ever cooked, delicious

  9. alison boyes says:

    5 stars
    great recipe lovely flavours and easy to cook

  10. Tom says:

    5 stars
    Such a quick fab dinner, just as quick as ordering a takeaway and so much better for you.