Before you even get started, you should know that you can absolutely substitute chicken for the pork in this recipe if you prefer. Everything else will stay the same, including the cooking time (as long as your chicken chunks are roughly the same size as the pork in 1-inch cubes). Before you start, there’s another thing you should know… this dish is so quick and easy to prepare that it would be smart to start cooking your rice before you start following the recipe. Rice generally takes about 20 minutes to cook and will rest nicely with a towel over it and the lid on top for a few minutes if your pork (or chicken) is not quite finished in time.
The sauce for the sweet and sour pork is what we call a “dump and stir” recipe. Dump all the ingredients in a pot and stir them together. Simmer for a few minutes and then add the air-fried peppers and chunks of pineapple. I like to use fresh pineapple for this dish, but you can certainly opt for the canned chunks – just make sure they are large chunks.
Toss everything together at the end and you’ll be amazed at how quickly it all comes together. Faster than even the best Chinese food delivery!