Sweet & Spicy Chicken

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Sweet & Spicy Chicken

Although I have been researching and practicing food photography and plating for the last month, I have not learned enough to do a great job photographing this dish!  Despite a less than appetizing photo I am going to share this recipe because it is so easy and yummy.

This Sweet & Spicy Chicken has just enough sweetness to appeal to the kids in my house, yet enough kick to also make the dish a favorite of the grown-ups also.  Definitely adjust the amount of red pepper in the recipe to suit your family’s taste buds- the recipe below calls for the perfect amount for mine.  Adults can also sprinkle extra red pepper flakes into their bowls before eating for even more kick.

I love a one pot meal that is hearty and filling, especially one that is quick and easy to cook and clean up.  At 31 weeks pregnant, the less time I have to spend standing in the kitchen for dinner prep and clean up the better!

Sweet & Spicy Chicken

Sweet & Spicy Chicken


  • 2 pounds chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water (separated)
  • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch


  1. In a large pan, brown the cubed chicken and minced garlic in a few tablespoons of olive oil until done.
  2. Stir in in apple juice, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and 3/4 a cup of water.
  3. Push the chicken toward one side of the pan; on the other side of the pan whisk in the ketchup, ginger, red pepper, and brown sugar.
  4. Mix the ingredients in the pan well and heat to bubbling.
  5. Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup of water and cornstarch together, then pour the mixture into the pan, whisking well to incorporate.
  7. Turn the heat up to medium high, and stir until the sauce thickens.
  8. Serve over rice.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1643Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 662mgSodium: 7212mgCarbohydrates: 129gSugar: 94gProtein: 221g

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