Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Recipe – Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken

I hunted for ages to find a gluten free Chinese chicken recipe to tantalise my taste buds yet meet my healthy eating requirements. I first started eating Chinese food as quite a young child, when my Dad would take us to a local Chinese restaurant to give my Mum a break from cooking for the family. In those days, it was quite different to eat Chinese! I remember the magic of the oriental themed restaurant with stiffly starched white table linen and the prawn crackers my brothers and I fought over. Then there were the waiters appearing with steaming platters piled high with glistening sweet and sour chicken (my Dad’s favourite) and fragrant, sticky rice. Good memories.

Now I eat gluten-free, I’ve had to train myself out of the sweet tooth I had for years, but do still love a bit of sweet and sour as a treat. Here’s the recipe I cook for my son …not a preservative in sight and I know it’s delicious because his school friends always ask for it when they visit for supper.

Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes.
Total time: 1 hour


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp raw honey (I always use Manuka honey)
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • medium red pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 1 cup)
  • medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 1 cup)
  • small onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • medium carrot, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 2 chopped spring onions
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 12 sprigs fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked cauliflower rice


  1. Mix together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger and pepper flakes
  2. Place the chicken in a large shallow dish or plastic container then add the soy sauce mixture to the chicken, making sure the chicken is well covered
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. If you can leave the chicken to marinade overnight or for up to 8 hours, you’ll be rewarded with superb tasting chicken as the marinade will be well absorbed
  4. Add the chicken and marinade to a smoking hot frying pan (skillet) and sauté for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through
  5. Next add the peppers, carrots, spring onion and onion, and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender
  6. Add the pineapple and cook for a further 2 minutes
  7. Sprinkle with coriander, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Decorated ceramic Chinese rice bowlsThis gluten free Chinese chicken recipe looks and tastes wonderful served piping hot piled up on gluten-free cauliflower rice.

We always use chopsticks and funky little Chinese bowls. How do you like to serve yours?

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