sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken, fried, sweet & sour



  • 6 Tablespoons arrowroot
  • 10 Tablespoons rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8-10 Tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 lb tenders
  • 3 cups heat stable fat lard, coconut oil, tallow


  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut amino acids
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot
  • 1 teaspoon molasses


  1. Put the oil or fat in a 4 quart pot and begin heating over medium-low to medium heat until it reaches 375°. Line a baking pan with a heat-proof cooling rack and set in an oven on its lowest setting.
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients for the batter, using only 8 Tablespoons water, except the vinegar. Let sit for at least ten minutes.
  3. Cut the tenders into thirds lengthwise. If the tops of the tenders are wide, cut them in half also. Dab the tenders dry with paper towels. Mix together the salt, arrowroot powder, baking soda, and garlic and sprinkle evenly over the tenders.
  4. Mix the vinegar into the batter. You are looking for a consistency just thicker then a crepe batter. Add additional water if necessary.
  5. Dip each piece of tender into the batter, let excess drip off, then gently place into the hot oil. Cook 4-6 pieces at a time for 4-6 minutes until the outside is golden brown and the tenders are cooked. You may need to flip the pieces halfway through, depending on size. You can cut the first few pieces open to see if they are done and get the feel of what they need to look like on the outside to be done. Put the pieces on the sheet pan in the oven to keep warm.
  6. Make the sweet and sour dipping sauce by mixing the ingredients in a small saucepan and boiling for two minutes, until thickened.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is from page 16 of Much Ado About Chicken. Used with permission.