When you are craving Chinese food or stir fry, you need to try this lightened sweet and sour chicken stir fry recipe.  This is easy to make and tastes similar to your favorite take out restaurant.  

Lightened Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry

I absolutely love Chinese food.  And I love trying to lighten up my favorite recipes, while keeping the flavors and textures the same.  

This stir fry recipe is delicious and you could even change up the veggies that are in it.  I personally love snow peas and carrots, but you don’t have to use those if you don’t want to.

Lightened Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry

If you are interested in other chicken recipes, you should try this buffalo chicken pizza recipe.

Lightened Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry

As you know, I try to approach the blog as a balanced blog of all different types of recipes.  

But I do realize that I post mostly dinner options than anything else.  What types of foods do you want to see more of?  

Lightened Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry

I have a bunch of side dishes coming in the next couple of weeks (one that Jeremy LOVED, which totally surprised me).  But what else would you like to see?

What are your favorite Asian food recipes?

Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Dash of Herbs
This recipe is 6 SmartPoints per serving, about 1 cup.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6 servings
Calories 233 kcal


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium carrots thinly sliced
  • 3 cups snow peas


  • In a large bowl, mix the ground chicken with 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and salt. Set aside.  In a smaller bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup water and salt.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook through. Break it up as you cook it.  Place the cooked ground chicken on a plate and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil in the skillet. Add the garlic and carrots. Cook about 2 minutes, or until the carrots are cooked.  Add in the chicken and the soy sauce mixture and mix together, about 5 minutes.  Add the snow peas and mushrooms, and mix together. Cook about 2 minutes more.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 14.7gProtein: 14.6gFat: 13.3gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 236.6mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 11.3g
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  1. Thank you Anne! You are too sweet. This dish was delicious and really easy to make. I love making the sauce yourself – instead of buying store bought sauce. This is perfect for on the go weeknights.

  2. Currently drooling over both the food and the photo. You have skills in the kitchen and on the computer my friend!

  3. Alrighty then. Sounds like this might be a good idea. It’s taken a while for me to get the hang of taking food photos, but I have learned so much and feel really good about how my photos have transformed. I know I still have so much to learn, but I think I can teach things.

    I know that I need to expand my lunch section, so I will work on quick and healthy lunch ideas. Do you like salads for lunch, or something you can heat in the microwave?

  4. YES!!! Please do a series about food photography. I struggle so much when I have a sponsored post and news great food photos. I just can’t get the hang of it. I also am debating Lightroom, so that would be amazing. I would LOVE some quick and healthy lunch ideas. Ones that I can pre make and have waiting in the fridge in the morning before work.

  5. I definitely saw that about your Instagram and actually checked out your feed. You are totally right! Haha! Would you like a series of tutorials, or just one tutorial post? I have a Canon SL1 with a 50mm lens.

  6. Ok perfect. I’m still trying to gain interest for the tutorial series, so look out for that soon. This dish was fabulous – so so good.

  7. I stated on twitter the other night that my Instagram has truly become about the food I am making. I don’t post a lot on my blog but always have a great intention to. Yes, I would be interested on a tutorial. Especially since I don’t use Lightroom. What camera are you using?

  8. I would love a tutorial on food photography! This looks yummy! Made something similar last week, but I love the addition of balsamic!

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