Sweet and Sour Chicken Cantonese Style

My ultimate favorite comfort food I used to eat this all the time. You can use an air fryer to make the chicken nice and crunchy without any excess oil. A super balance of sweet and tangy fried chicken that pairs well with Jasmine rice.

Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken
Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken

Serves 3-4


  • 4 chicken breasts (diced)
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch white pepper
  • water
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • cooking oil


  1. Combine flour, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, salt,onion powder, garlic powder. white pepper, and egg. Add 1 cup water gradually to make a thick batter. Stir to blend thoroughly. Add chicken pieces, and stir until chicken is well coated.Dice chicken into 1-2 inches pieces.
  2. In a saucepan lightly brown the onions and heat up the red peppers.
  3. In the same sauce pan, combine 1 cup of water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup. Heat to boiling. Turn off heat. Combine 2 tbsp cornstarch and 1/8 cup water; slowly stir into saucepan. Continue stirring until mixture thickens.
  4. In an air fryer or skillet fry the chicken until golden and cooked through.
  5. Once you are ready to serve layer the fried chicken on a plate and pour over the sweet and sour sauce. Add cooked rice and enjoy.

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