Sweet and Sour Chicken

To save time and make this healthy sweet and sour chicken recipe even simpler than it already is, pre-chop your vegetables and let your chicken marinate in the fridge up to eight hours ahead of time. Then, when you and your loved ones are ready to eat, it'll take just 10 minutes to get your Asian-inspired dinner on the table!

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+.

Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe
Jodi Pudge

Love this healthy sweet and sour chicken recipe? Find more of your favorite chicken recipes here.

We independently source all of the products that we feature on cleaneatingmag.com. If you buy from the links on our site, we may receive an affiliate commission, which in turn supports our work.

Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
60 min


  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce (TRY: San J Reduced-Sodium Tamari)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey (TRY: Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Raw Honey)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (TRY: Simply Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes)
  • 1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 breasts), chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 12 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice, optional


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger and pepper flakes. Place chicken in a large shallow dish. Pour soy sauce mixture over chicken, tossing gently. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and marinade and sauté for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add bell peppers and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are slightly tender. Add pineapple and cook for 2 more minutes. Sprinkle the sweet & sour chicken with cilantro and serve immediately over rice for a complete meal, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 1/4 cups sweet & sour chicken
  • Calories 161
  • Carbohydrate Content 17 g
  • Cholesterol Content 48 mg
  • Fat Content 1.5 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 21 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0.25 g
  • Sodium Content 404 mg
  • Sugar Content 13 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g