Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce
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Forget the restaurants - make your own Chinese food at home with these gluten free Chinese Chicken Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce. A thin, crispy shell wrapped around tender chicken. And don't forget about that magical Sweet & Sour Sauce. Yum!
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 6
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten free soy sauce
Chicken Balls:
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups cold water
  • oil (for frying)
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks (you should get about 3-4 dozen pieces)
  • seasoning salt (optional)
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  1. In a saucepan whisk together the sugars and cornstarch. Add the remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Whisk constantly to prevent lumps.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, and continue to whisk until the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; set aside to cool.
Chicken Balls:
  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the water and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Dip the chicken pieces into the batter, then carefully place in hot oil and fry until golden and the juices run clear (about 4-5 minutes). Gently stir to make sure the chicken balls are not sticking together while they are cooking.
  4. Use a metal slotted spoon to remove the chicken balls from the oil, and place them on a paper towel lined baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle with seasoning salt immediately after frying if desired.
  6. Serve immediately with sweet and sour sauce.
To keep the Chicken Balls warm while you are frying the rest of them, place the baking sheet with the cooked chicken balls into a 250-275 degree oven.
Adapted from a recipe on
Recipe by Faithfully Gluten Free at