Author: Canadian Living

Succulent pieces of chicken breast marinated in Asian spices, deep fried to a golden brown and then smothered in an enticing pineapple, red pepper, sweet and sour sauce. Pour the sauce over the chicken balls and serve over fluffy basmati rice. Yummy!

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : carol cleland


  • 5 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2/3 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice from drained pineapple
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 cups pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 3 green onions sliced diagonally
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp of water
  • 4 cups safflower oil
  • 4 cups canola oil


Chop chicken breasts into 2 inch cubes and place in bowl. Add garlic, ginger, sesame oil and soya sauce. Marinate two to four hours.

Meanwhile, make the batter by mixing the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Stir in the cold water to make a smooth batter. Make the sauce by mixing the ketchup, vinegar, sugar, grated ginger, grated garlic, pineapple juice, sesame oil, pineapple chunks, red pepper and green onions. Heat in a saucepan until it simmers, about 5 minutes. Thicken with cornstarch water mixture and simmer 2 more minutes.

Dip chicken in batter, deep fry in batches in oil heated to 375 degrees, turning as the pieces brown. Remove to paper towels to drain excess oil. Place into a 9x13 inch pan. When all chicken has been cooked, pour the warm sauce over the chicken and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve over fluffy basmati rice which has been steamed in chicken broth. (Substitue half of the water with chicken broth). You may want to double the sauce recipe next time.
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