Thursday 25 April 2013

Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Chicken

sweet and sour chicken
Crispy Chicken With Sweet And Sour Sauce
Sat eating this with chopsticks last night I actually felt as though we'd ordered a take away, this is so easy and quick to make that all memories of cooking it disappeared as soon as I tucked in.

As far as trying to replicate a Chinese dish goes, I think this is my most accomplished effort to date. The fact that it's gluten free is a given but I don't think that anyone not gluten free would notice. The Glutenite gave the thumbs up so I know it must be pretty good.

This served the 2 of us with Egg Fried Rice, it was pretty filling we finished the Chicken but not the side.

Battered Chicken Ingredients:

1 Chicken Breast
1/2 Cup Doves Farm Self Raising Flour*
120ml Cold Water
2 Tablespoons Mirin
1 Heaped Teaspoon Corn Starch
Pinch of Sea Salt
Vegetable Oil For Frying (Crisp n Dry is great)

  • Dice the chicken breast into 1" cubes
diced chicken
Free Range Chicken
  • Put the chicken into a bowl add mirin and mix until evenly coated
chicken in mirin
Marinating In Mirin
  • Add the corn starch and mix until all pieces are coated
  • Marinate for 10 - 20 minutes
  • Start heating your oil in a large pan on medium - high
  • Mix the flour, water and salt together until smooth
gluten free crispy batter mix
Tried And Tested And Perfect Every Time
  • Put the marinated chicken into the batter mix
marinated chicken in gluten free batter mix
Couple Of Steps Left
  • Use a fork to turn the chicken pieces and thoroughly coat
gluten free batter
They're Going To Be Crispy!
  • Drop a tiny bit of batter into the hot oil to test, if it floats and starts to go golden after a few seconds seconds it's hot enough, if not leave to heat longer and/or raise the temperature
  • Carefully put the battered chicken into the oil using a fork or slotted spoon, cook in batches if need be, don't overcrowd the pan
  • Cook for 4 minutes turning halfway through
chicken deep frying
Love The Sizzle
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper
gluten free chicken balls
Crispy Battered Chicken
Now for the Sweet and Sour Sauce.


250ml Pineapple Juice (we use Tropicana, just the right sweetness)
1 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Caster Sugar (can use regular just takes longer to dissolve)
1 Heaped Tablespoon Corn Starch
2 Teaspoons Pineapple Juice

  • Measure out the pineapple juice, add the vinegar and sugar and mix
sweet and sour sauce ingredients
Sweet And Sour Sauce Ingredients
  • Pour into a small pan and heat on high until boiling
  • Let simmer for 5 minutes
  • Bring the heat back up until it bubbles
  • Mix the corn starch and extra pineapple juice together until runny
  • Add to the sweet and sour sauce and stir quickly until the sauce thickens
  • Reduce to heat and simmer for 5 minutes to remove any starch flavour
  • Serve
sweet and sour chicken
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Printable Version

If you want the colour to be more authentically orange add a half a teaspoon of tomato puree. I quite like the naturalness of leaving it a typical pineapple colour personally but the choice is yours, I've done both.

As the finished result is so good I find it hard to convey just how easy this Sweet and Sour Chicken is to make. If you're comfortable deep frying then it's a must try gluten free meal. As mentioned, we had this with Egg Fried Rice and it was so take away-like that I couldn't quite believe that I created it all from scratch, no guide recipes, just memories of lots and lots of Chinese meals that I didn't cook. 

I never ever post a recipe that I'm not totally happy with at the time, that's why this didn't go out last week I f*£%$d up the sauce so badly by one stupid mistake, I figured it was a good excuse to have it again. Second time round I think that this is my best recipe to date, I'm quite pleased with myself.

The plan for today was and still is baking experiments but it's so blooming hot that I don't know if I can bear the thought of a hot oven making it even more furnace-like. I need a McEnroe sweat band set for such purposes.

UPDATE: *If you can't get Doves Farm Self Raising Flour other brands will work providing they contain or you add Xanthan Gum. See here UK / US


  1. Came out great! Will make with boneless white fish next time.

  2. My mother frequently made sweet and sour chicken (and pork) when I was a child decades ago. I was the youngest and stupidly never learned how to make it myself. Now I can't ask her how to make it. But your recipe is the only one that comes even close to what I remember her doing when she made it. I will definitely give this a try! Thank you for posting!


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