Easy Mandarin Chicken

After the success of my Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken and  Easy Sesame Chicken a couple weeks ago, I decided to try another of my favorite Chinese take-out foods at home – Mandarin Chicken!
My boys FLIPPED for this stuff. My oldest asked me to make it again next week! {That’s a seriously good compliment, my friends!} The sauce on the chicken was so yummy! Sweet but not too sweet. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and how much flavor it had! I love making take-out dishes at home. It saves me money and I know exactly what goes into it. Check out this recipe and see for yourself how easy it is to throw together. I’m sensing a Mandarin Chicken dinner in your near future… 😉
Easy Mandarin Chicken
Recipe type: Main
  • 1-1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces (I use about 3 breasts)
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup vinegar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. ketchup
  • ½ tsp. salt
  1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Beat eggs in a shallow bowl with a fork; set aside. Pour cornstarch into a shallow bowl and roll chicken in it. When coated, dip chicken in beaten eggs.
  2. Heat just enough oil to cover the bottom of a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Place coated chicken pieces into the pan and heat until brown.
  3. In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients: pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, ketchup and salt. Pour on browned chicken. Simmer chicken with lid covering only half of the pan to let the heat escape.
  4. Simmer 20-30 minutes, stirring often, until sauce thickens. Serve with rice and ENJOY!!
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    I gotta love any (easy!) recipe that makes chicken more interesting. This sounds like something my hubby will love and something I won’t mind making. I’m definitely pinning this recipe to my Dinner Made Easy board!

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    Anonymous says

    This looks delish! I am going to make it tomorrow night – already bought the ingredients! Thanks, Jen.

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    Thanks so much for following me over at Great Tastes Tuesdays! Your blog is so cute! Where did you come up with the design or did you get it somewhere? I am a new follower too! Thanks again for joining mine. Email me back if you would like to be a guest on my Invite a Guest Fridays. I would love to have you share one of your posts!

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    Garden Chef's Needle in Pen says

    It’s a pity that I was already half-way the chicken dish I was cooking. I could have used your recipe. Okay, there’s still a next time… Hopping from Life in Lakeshore Drive link up.

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    Dawn Spatulas On Parade says

    Looks good. I thought for sure there would be mandarin oranges.
    Thanks for sharing at Swap N Share Sunday

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    Kayla Maier says

    This looks so delicious!, I just wanted to stop by & let you know that I will be featuring you today at the Circle of Faith link party, it’ll be posted at 5 & open at 6 pm tonight.> http://www.kaylascreationsblog.com/ You can grab a featured button from “my link party buttons” page, hope your having a great week!,

    -Kayla :)

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    I saw this recipe over at Six Sisters’ Stuff and had to come check it out. It looks super delish!! I’ll have to try this. Thanks for sharing (^_^)

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    Sarah Bates says

    This looks delicious! Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday. Your recipe was chosen as a Host Favorite and will be featured on Daily Dish Magazine on Monday!

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    Amy says

    Just made this tonight! It turned out great! My picky boyfriend even cleaned his plate! I am still learning the basics of cooking, and your blog has been so helpful! Thank you!

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    Walda says

    Does this recipe really call for 3/4 cup of sugar, or was it a misprint? That seems like an awful lot of sugar. Please respond as I really want to try this recipe. Thanks,

    Walda Ruiz

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      Unfortunately, it does call for that much sugar, mainly because mandarin chicken is a sweet and savory dish. Please feel free to use a little over 1/4 cup of Truvia Baking Blend in place of the sugar!


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