Sheet Pan Sweet & Sour Chicken


Posted: October 1

Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 servings

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Sheet Pan Sweet & Sour Chicken creates a meal that tastes like stir-fry without the stirring or the frying! The chicken is tender and juicy, the pineapple tropically sweet, the bell pepper and onion are garden-fresh, so you can enjoy a wide range of flavors and textures. Add on the sweet, syrupy, sticky glaze and you have a masterpiece meal. Sheet Pan Sweet & Sour Chicken is a hearty and satisfying meal you can make in an hour or less!


Ingredients

• 1 large onion • 2 green bell peppers • 1 red bell pepper • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, juices reserved • 2 tablespoons cooking oil • 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder • 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger • salt, to taste • pepper, to taste For the sauce: • pineapple juice, from the pineapple chunk can • 1/4 cup ketchup • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 1/3 cup rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch For serving: • 6 cups rice, optional, cooked, for serving • 3 green onions, optional, sliced, for garnish

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Slice the onion, bell peppers, and chicken breasts into 1-inch sections.

Step 3

Drain the pineapple well, reserving the juices.

Step 4

Mix and evenly spread the onion, bell pepper, chicken, and pineapple on a large sheet pan in a single level. If needed, use a second sheet pan to prevent the chicken and vegetables from piling atop each other.

Step 5

Gently drizzle the cooking oil over the ingredients on the sheet pan.

Step 6

Sprinkle the garlic powder, ground ginger, salt, and pepper on top of the sheet pan ingredients.

Step 7

Toss until everything is evenly coated in the oil and spices.

Step 8

Transfer the loaded sheet pan(s) to the oven and bake until the edges are just browned and the chicken reaches 165 degrees F, about 40 minutes. Halfway through the baking, spin the pans around to heat evenly and prevent burning.

Step 9

In a small saucepan, whisk together the reserved pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and cornstarch until the cornstarch is fully dissolved.

Step 10

Once combined, place the saucepan over medium, stirring often, until the sauce begins to simmer and thicken, about 5 minutes.

Step 11

Once the sauce has thickened to a glaze, remove it from the heat and set it aside.

Step 12

Transfer the loaded sheet pans from the oven and pour the glaze sauce over top, mixing until evenly coated.

Step 13

Serve over the cooked rice and garnish with the sliced green onions.


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