An addictive Chinese takeout favorite without all the fuss! This baked sweet and sour chicken recipe is so easy, so flavorful, and will satisfy all your Chinese food cravings.
It’s almost December 25th, which means it’s almost time for me to partake in the Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas. If you’re Jewish, you know exactly what I’m talking about and count down the days to ordering sesame chicken and egg drop soup every year. If you’re not Jewish, you are probably scratching your head at this strange custom. The truth is, I have no idea how it started. Maybe because Chinese restaurants were the only places open on Christmas? Fellow Jews, does anybody know how this tradition started? Why are Jews obsessed with Chinese food, especially on December 25th? Whatever the reason, I am more than happy to partake.
I love Chinese food, especially the greasy unhealthy kind. All the sticky, savory, salty sauces coating tender chicken, crisp vegetables smothered in soy sauce, crispy fried wontons and pillowy soft dumplings. . . okay I need to stop before I go into a virtual food coma. Do you have the same infatuation with Chinese food? Why is it so insanely delicious and addicting and why isn’t there any in front of me right now?!
Well now that I’ve made my love for Chinese food very clear, I have to make a little confession. I don’t cook Chinese food. I know, it’s embarrassing. You can laugh at me if you want. I’m usually pretty fearless when it comes to the kitchen, but Chinese food still intimidates me. It could be because the recipes usually have lots of steps, or lots of hard-to-find ingredients, or maybe I don’t truly believe the mouth-watering taste of authentic Chinese takeout can be replicated. Whatever the reason, Chinese food is one of the few cuisines I shy away from making.
Then how is it that I’m sharing a Chinese recipe with you? Because this recipe is so easy that it doesn’t count! That’s right, it’s the classic flavors of our beloved sweet and sour chicken without all the work. A Chinese food on Christmas miracle! I’m telling you, I feel like I’ve hit the lottery with this recipe. Because the chicken bakes on the bone, there’s no cutting, breading, or frying required. And the sweet and sour sauce is out of this world. Honestly. It fulfills all my Chinese takeout cravings and more.
You’re gonna wanna make this pronto. Whether it’s to fulfill a December 25th tradition, or treat yourself to Chinese takeout at home, or to serve your family an easy and crowd-pleasing dinner, this baked sweet and sour chicken completely hits the spot.