At Trader Joe's we picked up their frozen sweet and sour chicken tempura.  I love sweet and sour chicken, but our local Chinese joint serves just the chicken and sauce.  No fruits or veggies.  Booooo.  So, I grabbed the frozen chicken and sauce and decided to make the rest myself.  Quick, easy, and with results as tasty as Chinese carry-out, this will be my new go-to recipe for sweet and sour chicken when just the chicken and sauce just won't do.


  • Trader Joe’s frozen sweet and sour chicken tempura (fried chicken pieces with sweet and sour sauce)
  • White rice
  • Olive oil
  • Canned pineapple chunks
  • Colored sweet bell peppers
  • Yellow onion
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven according to the chicken tempura package directions.
  2. Pour the water, rice, and salt into the slow cooker and get it cooking.
  3. Slice the onions and bell peppers into thin strips and slice the cherry tomatoes in half.
  4. The oven should be heated, so toss the chicken onto a jelly roll pan and pop into the oven.
  5. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Toss in the onion and bell pepper.  Cook until they start to soften.  
  6. Then, add the cherry tomatoes, pineapple chunks, a splash of red wine vinegar, a sprinkling of sugar, and season with salt and pepper.   
  7. Cook until tomatoes start to soften.  Then, fold in the sweet and sour sauce until evenly distributed.  
  8. Pull the chicken out of the oven, pour it into the skillet, and toss with the veggies and sauce.
  9. Take the skillet off the heat.  Plate a bed of rice and top with the sweet and sour chicken and veggies.
  10. That’s it!

For a side, we had a leftover tropical fruit salad from the night before.  It shares many ingredients with the sweet and sour dish, but it paired nicely without being overly repetitive:

Toss together the following ingredients and let sit a few hours to let the flavors meld:

  • Sliced oranges
  • Sliced kiwi
  • Diced onion
  • Chopped rainbow sweet bell peppers
  • Chopped mango
  • Chunked avocado
  • Halved cherry tomatoes
  • Orange zest from ½ orange
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • A squeeze of honey