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Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Chicken

Quick and easy to make, this gluten free sweet and sour chicken is tastier than takeout! This recipe is also dairy free, egg free, and soy free, so everyone can enjoy.

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Before my husband Allan was diagnosed with food allergies 10 years ago, one of our favorite places to go out to eat was a local Chinese place called Maple Gardens.

It took us years to find a Chinese restaurant that offered safe, gluten free menu items, and even longer to find somewhere that also offered soy free. 

In the meantime, I developed my own recipe for his favorite dish, gluten free sweet and sour chicken.

I started with this recipe and made a few adjustments so it would be allergy-friendly

The result is a beautiful, sweet-and-tangy, soy free, dairy free, egg free, and gluten free sweet and sour chicken that tastes better than takeout and everyone can enjoy.


I can’t tolerate corn, can I use another type of starch in this recipe?

I have only tested this recipe with corn starch so I can’t guarantee the results if you use anything else. That being said, arrowroot starch is a great sub for corn starch and should work in this recipe.

Can I omit or reduce the sugar called for?

No, the sugar provides balance to the tangy vinegar. Without it, you would just have sour chicken 🙂



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a speckled plate with rice topped with orange-glazed chunks of chicken and chopsticks on the side

Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Chicken

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Quick and easy to make, this gluten free sweet and sour chicken is tastier than takeout! This recipe is also dairy free, egg free, and soy free, so everyone can enjoy.


  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil such as avocado or canola
  • 3/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1-1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped in bite-sized pieces


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or you can use soy sauce)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Combine 3/4 cup corn starch, pepper and garlic salt on a plate or large piece of foil next to your heating pan (foil or a paper plate make for easy clean-up!)
  3. Dip chicken in corn starch, making sure they are fully covered.
  4. Place chicken in pan all at once.
  5. Thoroughly brown chicken on all sides, total of about 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile for the sauce, combine sugar, vinegar, broth, coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you can tolerate it) ketchup, and salt and pepper in a quart size jar or bowl. Whisk or shake well to combine.
  7. When chicken is browned, pour sauce over the top.
  8. Cook over medium-low heat, covered (should be on a low boil) for 5-10 more minutes until chicken is done and sauce has thickened a little.
  9. Combine 1 tablespoon corn starch and water and stir into chicken/sauce.
  10. Heat until thickened.
  11. Serve over rice


Coconut aminos is our go-to sub for soy sauce and can be found in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets next to the soy sauce.

Buying pre-chopped chicken makes this recipe so much easier, but you can always purchase boneless, skinless chicken breasts and chop them yourself.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 520Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 472mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 36g

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Friday 15th of April 2022

Oh man, I'm allergic to tomatoes. I was so excited until I saw ketchup, lol. I haven't found a sub for that yet. Looks like a delish dish!

Mary Ann Lawler Thomas

Friday 24th of January 2020

I wish it had a print link.

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

All my newer recipes has a print link, working on adding that to the older ones :)

Steph @ Steph in Thyme

Saturday 8th of August 2015

Better than takeout! And so simple to make, how delish.

Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

This would be a big hit in our house!

Strength and Sunshine

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

I love sweet and sour chicken! I finally made my own a few weeks ago and it was a huge hit with the family!

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