Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  596
  • Protein  40 g
  • Carbohydrates  73 g
  • Fat  16 g
  • Cholesterol  116 mg
  • Sodium  441 mg
  • Potassium  427 mg
  • Phosphorus  271 mg
  • Calcium  38 mg
  • Fiber  1.2 g

My Favorite Sweet and Sour Chicken

Do you love Chinese food, the crunch of vegetables and the tangy sauces? The kidney-friendly recipe for My Favorite Sweet and Sour Chicken has all that and it's so easy to make.

Diet types:

  • Dialysis

Recipe modified from and submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Angie from Indiana.

Portions: 4     Serving size: one piece of chicken plus 1/2-cup rice


  • 2 chicken leg quarters
  • 2 chicken breasts, bone -in 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 ounces frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cups cooked white rice


  1. Put chicken pieces in a Crock-Pot® and sprinkle with the salt and garlic powder.
  2. In a small bowl, combine lemonade concentrate, brown sugar, ketchup and vinegar. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4-1/2 hours. 
  3. Add bell pepper slices and diced onion. Cover and continue cooking on low for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours longer. Remove chicken and vegetables to a serving dish; cover and keep warm. Pour juices from Crock-Pot into a saucepan. Combine cornstarch with cold water; stir into juices. Cook, stirring over medium heat, until thick and bubbly. 
  4. Serve sauce over chicken, along with white rice.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 4 meat
  • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium
  • 2 starch
  • 2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Try this recipe with chicken drumbsticks and thighs if you are on a lower protein diet and require a smaller portion of chicken.
  • This is a high carbohdrate meal and is not recommended for people with diabetes who require a lower carbohydrate meal.

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My Favorite Sweet and Sour Chicken

grandma3 says:


This is definitely a keeper. My husband misses his Hawaiian/Asian food and he loves this recipe. I've also used pork and its great.I love crock potting cause once its cooking your free.

Oct. 02, 2010, 6:48 AM - Inappropriate review?

My Favorite Sweet and Sour Chicken

jandec40 says:


We don't like onions so I added mushrooms. Very good. Husband doesn't care much for rice but loved the sauce. Could we add water chestnuts for some crunch? or how about some chinese vegetables. We will make this one again. Thanks.

May. 03, 2010, 10:23 PM - Inappropriate review?

My Favorite Sweet and Sour Chicken

laura says:


My family liked this.

Apr. 04, 2009, 10:50 AM - Inappropriate review?

My Favorite Sweet and Sour Chicken



I made this for my family and we all really enjoyed it. I didn't have green peppers but I think I will add those and red pepper and pineapple next time I make this. I will make this again.

May. 24, 2008, 4:41 PM - Inappropriate review?

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