Easy sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

Patricia Conte

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Chicken is a typical go-to, main ingredient for many meals -- but sometimes you want something a little different from the usual baked or grilled chicken dishes. This could be the meal for you!

Sweet and sour chicken

This is a quick-fix dinner that is colorful and delicious, perfect for the entire family. The chicken cooks pretty fast, and if you choose to use quick-cooking rice, it couldn't get much easier to put together a wonderful, one-dish meal. The green beans and carrots make a crunchy and colorful addition.

Easy sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

Serves 4


  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced into small pieces
  • 1 cup carrots, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions and keep it warm.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, reduced-sodium soy sauce, vinegar and sugar and set aside.
  3. Add the vegetable oil to a wok (or large skillet) over high heat. Add the chicken, carrots and green beans and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften, but are still firm.
  4. Add the garlic to the mixture and continue to cook everything until the chicken is finished (maybe another 5 minutes).
  5. Add the liquid mixture to the skillet, stirring, until the sauce thickens.
  6. Add rice to individual plates and top with the chicken and vegetables.

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Patricia Conte
Patricia Conte is a regular contributor to the SheKnows food and living sections. She is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of professional experience. You can follow her on Twitter, or visit her food blog, Grab a Plate, where she shares her love of food, recipes and bites in between.