Homemade Sweet and Sour Chinese Chicken Balls

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Homemade Sweet and Sour Chinese Chicken Balls - sixtimemommy.com

I am a huge fan of Chinese take-out. I will be honest and say we get it about twice a month, but the only thing the kids and I like from Chinese take-out? Is their Sweet and Sour Chicken balls. It was recently brought to my attention that they don’t have Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls in the United States. WHAT?

This can’t be true. A friend of mine told me so I asked a couple other friends and while they say they do have sweet and sour chicken, they don’t have Sweet and Sour Chicken balls. My mind is completely blown because these are the best things EVER.

Homemade Sweet and Sour Chinese Chicken Balls - sixtimemommy.com

These delicious balls of dough filled with huge chunks of chicken are delicious. Juicy, and when dipped or drizzled with your favourite Sweet and Sour sauce are the best! My kids love them and while I do eat egg rolls as well, this is all they’ll eat. So when we make our chinese take-out order we usually have to get 3-4 boxes of them and they cost a whopping $9.99 each box.

So it was only natural I’ve been bugging my husband to try his hand at making them, and he blew it out of the park. They taste just like take-out.

Homemade Sweet and Sour Chinese Chicken Balls - sixtimemommy.com

Ingredients for Batter:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 2 cups water


  1. Mix all dry ingredients together thoroughly and add 1 cup of water.
  2. Stir together gradually adding the remaining water until you get a smooth and creamy batter.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a medium/ large pot, heat 4 cups oil to 375.

Chicken Balls:

  1. Cut 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into bite-size pieces.
  2. Dunk chicken into the batter with a clean wet hand for maximum coverage of batter.
  3. Carefully drop battered balls into hot grease. (When they float back up to the top, give them a spin).
  4. Cook until golden brown all around and scoop them into a paper towel lined bowl. (I like the containers though).

Homemade Sweet and Sour Chinese Chicken Balls - sixtimemommy.com

While I do love the convenience of ordering Chinese take-out I don’t love the prices. These take nothing to make and the money we will save is going to be amazing for us. I crave these all the time, so now when I am in the mood for delicious take-out I can just ask my hubby to throw in a batch and off we go! I am really excited about it because I’m tired of wasting so much money every time I have a craving.

I was worried my kids would be picky and not like them but I was shocked when every single one of them, even my teen who is ultra picky really loved them. He’s made them twice since the first batch, and each time they just get better and better! So delicious.

Homemade Sweet and Sour Chinese Chicken Balls - sixtimemommy.com

If you love Chinese take-out give these a try. If you’ve never heard of them before – you will want to give these a try too! They are so good, I promise — you won’t want to order take-out anymore!

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Let’s hear it – Have you ever tried or had Sweet and Sour Chinese Chicken Balls before?

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  • Reply robin rue February 20, 2018 at 8:36 am

    These sound amaze-BALLS ;) Honestly, I think they are similar to what we call sweet and sour chicken fingers here in the US and they are sooooo good. One of my favorites actually!

  • Reply Amber Myers February 20, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Yes please! I just LOVE these. I normally get them whenever I order Chinese food. I’ll have to make them on my own. I bet they taste so much better.

  • Reply Jeanette February 20, 2018 at 8:45 am

    That looks AH-MAZING! I need to try this! My mouth is watering just thinking about making these!

  • Reply Candy February 20, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Oh man I couldn’t make enough of these they would disappear way to fast. Love homemade and know they taste fresh and delicious.

  • Reply Alison Rost February 20, 2018 at 9:47 am

    I love making things that I can order out at home, it’s so much fun to just try a recipe that you’ve been ordering in a restaurant or for take-out. I think this recipe is perfect for the family. I’m sure it’s really good!

  • Reply Alli Smith February 20, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I’ve always loved sweet and sour chicken and now I can make it at home – yay! I shouldn’t have read this right at lunchtime because I’m having some serious cravings. Looks delicious!

  • Reply Sarah Honey February 20, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    These sound amazing and I think my kids would love them. They would be a great appetizer too for when your entertaining!

  • Reply Lisa February 20, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    We always get an order of sweet and sour chicken when we get take out. So this looks like something that the entire family would enjoy.

  • Reply Laura Dove February 20, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Ooh nice! They look so tasty, especially with the dipping sauce!! I think the only issue I would have is not being able to stop eating them!

  • Reply Tomi February 20, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Love sweet and sour chicken. We make chicken balls out of ground chicken – kinda like meatballs. We love making homemade takeout

  • Reply Mimi Greeb February 20, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    My kids love food of convince I love a meal that doesn’t have me in the kitchen all night.

  • Reply Carol Cassara February 21, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Sounds similar to a tempura batter, which is totally something that I enjoy. I think I’ll try to make these. They’re perfect with that sweet and sour sauce!

  • Reply Terri Steffes February 21, 2018 at 9:13 am

    They look really good. I love tempura and this reminds me of it. That sauce! For me, the sauce is the place where the flavor comes in, but you have to have a good base, too.

  • Reply Amanda February 21, 2018 at 11:15 am

    This looks so much better than take out! We love getting fried chicken dishes from our favorite Chinese spot but it can get expensive, so it is great to know that this is an at home option.

  • Reply Bianca Dottin February 21, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Sweet and sour chicken is one of my husband’s favorite meals. I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose February 21, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    That looks awesome and the fact that it is homemade is even better. I want to try making this for my kids.

  • Reply Terri Beavers February 21, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    You’re making me want to run around the corner and get some Chinese food for supper. I’m saving your recipe so I can try it when I have more time. I know the grandkids will love this as well.

  • Reply Saidah Washington February 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    That looks soo good. Im hungry and I can always dip my food in sauce, no matter the kind.

  • Reply Kelsey and Gary March 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I love sweet and sour chicken. But I’m pretty sure that it’s the same thing we have here in the US we just don’t call it balls it’s simply sweet and sour chicken. I too, crave this very often so I’ll definitely try this.

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