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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Everyone loves sweet and sour chicken, especially children. In Indonesia, this dish is called ayam kuluyuk, or ayam asam manis. You can actually make a sweet and sour chicken without the bell pepper and pineapple, since the sauce contributes the most to the taste of this dish, but I really love seeing vegetables, fruits, and meats all in one dish. Recently, I went to a Chinese restaurant here that use fresh strawberries instead of pineapples, it looks so lovely and the taste is surprisingly good. So, if you live in a place where strawberries are plentiful and much easier to get instead of a pineapple, I highly recommend using those.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

4.5 from 2 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 6


  • 350 gram skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 2 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih), minced
  • 1 green bell pepper (Indonesian: paprika hijau), cut into 1 inch squares, about 150 gram
  • 1 small pineapple (Indonesian: nenas), cut into bite size pieces, about 150 gram
  • 2 scallions (Indonesian: daun bawang), cut into 2 inch lengths
  • Batter
  • 4 tablespoon all purpose flour (Indonesian: tepung terigu)
  • 4 tablespoon corn starch (Indonesian: tepung maizena)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (Indonesian: soda kue)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Sweet and sour sauce
  • 3 tablespoon tomato sauce (Indonesian: saus tomat)
  • 3 tablespoon chili sauce (Indonesian: saus cabe botolan)
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon plum sauce (Indonesian: saus plum)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (Indonesian: kecap Inggris)
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar (Indonesian: cuka beras)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce (Indonesian: saus tiram)
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn starch (Indonesian: tepung maizena)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper (Indonesian: bubuk lada putih)


  1. Marinate chicken breast cubes with Shaoxing wine for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix batter ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Mix all sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Prepare enough hot oil for deep frying. Add chicken cubes into the batter, then deep fry until golden brown, set aside on a wire rack or paper towel to remove excess oil.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a wok/frying pan. Sauté garlic until fragrant, then add green bell pepper and pineapple and stir fry until fragrant.
  6. Pour the sweet and sour sauce into the pan, stir to mix well, and bring to a boil. Return the fried chicken along with chopped scallions into the pan, toss gently so the sauce fully coats all the chicken pieces. Turn off heat, transfer to a serving plate, and serve immediately.
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  • Ira Ira says:

    Anita, I really love your page, and almost all of your recipes make me want to cook (which I barely did), I always love sweet and sour either with chicken or fish (but never cook it myself), can't wait to try out your recipe, thanks a bunch! Btw, love all of your pictures too, great shots!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment Ira. I am so excited when my recipes inspire people to cook :)

  • Bruce Wayne Bruce Wayne says:

    is there a possible substitute for shaoxing wine? i can't seem to find them on my country. also, Awesome Recipe!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Bruce, the best substitute for Shaoxing wine would be Chinese yellow wine, Chinese white wine, or Japanese cooking sake, in that order :)

  • Chris Chris says:

    Dear Anita I tried this today and it was good! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes in such a user-friendly site. Love your recipes and website!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Chris, thanks for trying and the feedback. I am glad you like the recipe. ♥

    • David King David King says:

      Or use Mirin :)

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