Real food sweet and sour chicken recipe
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Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Sweet and sour chicken with coconut aminos, spices, and citrus juices is a real food alternative to this favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Katie Wells



  • Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.
  • Heat the butter or coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken, garlic powder, salt, pepper, turmeric, and paprika and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the chicken is mostly cooked.
  • Add the lemon juice, coconut aminos, fish sauce, and apple cider vinegar and cook an additional 4-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked in the center.
  • Meanwhile, dice the bell pepper if using.
  • Drain off any extra liquid and return to heat.
  • Add the tomato paste, orange spread, honey, and diced bell pepper and cook on medium/high for another 3-5 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken and chicken starts to brown slightly.
  • Remove from heat and serve over cauliflower rice or white rice and top with sesame seeds and green onions.
  • Enjoy :-)


Coconut aminos are a soy free substitute for soy sauce, similar in taste


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.6g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 807g | Saturated Fat: 402g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 569mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 18.2g