Backpacker's Pantry Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Backpacker's Pantry Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice combines pineapple, red and green bell peppers, carrots, rice and chunks of chicken with a delicious blend of sweet and sour.

Ingredients: sweet & sour sauce [chicken (cooked, diced and freeze-dried), brown sugar, pineapple (pineapple, sugar, citric acid, calcium, sulfur dioxide), potato starch, organic extra virgin olive oil, bell pepper, apple cider vinegar (maltodextrin, modified food starch and apple cider vinegar), vegetarian soup with imitation chicken flavor (maltodextrin, salt, autolyzed yeast extract, yeast extract, onion powder, turmeric extract (color), sunflower oil), soy sauce (soy sauce (wheat, soybeans, salt), maltodextrin and salt), textured soy protein (organic soy protein concentrate and malted barley flour), carrots, paprika, lime juice powder (lime juice, lime oil and maltodextrin)], precooked long grain white rice. Allergen information: soybean, gluten, wheat.

Made in USA.


  • Just Add Water and the Organic Olive Oil pouch to enjoy!
  • Provides enough food for two backcountry travelers or one backpacker with a hearty appetite
  • Makes two 12 oz. servings
  • Quick-and-easy preparation.
  • Remove oil packet, open and add it to dry ingredients, add 2 cups (480mL) of boiling water to contents, stir well, seal, and let sit for 13 minutes
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  • 4) Stir and serve
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  • Then stir and enjoy a taste of Asia

The Sweet and Sour Chicken by Backpacker's Pantry. Rice, pineapple, red and green bell peppers, carrots and chunks of chicken combined with the perfect blend of sweet and a hint of sour. One taste and you'll be a true believer!

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The Backpacker's Pantry Sweet and Sour Chicken freeze-dried meal is a combination of instant rice with pineapple, red and green bell peppers, carrots and chunks of chicken combined with a sweet and sour sauce. Just add boiling water to the convenient stand-up pouch, set aside for 5-6 minutes and enjoy a hot meal! (Spring 2014)
For the culturally rounded backpacker, Backpacker's Pantry crafted the favorite-Chinese-joint-rivaling Sweet and Sour Rice with Chicken to feed one or two empty bellies after a long day of hiking. The meal even comes in handy for the inexperienced babysitter who needs to quickly feed a couple of amped-up kids while their parents are out.
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Calories from fat:60
Calories per serving:430
Carbohydrates:75 grams
Cholesterol:30 milligrams
Dietary fiber:4 grams
Food Type:Chicken & Turkey
Gluten free:No
Net Weight:7.5 oz.
Preparation Time:13 Minutes
Protein:19 grams
Saturated fat:1 gram
Serving Size:Two 12 oz Servings
Servings:2 Servings
Servings per container:2 serving(s)
Shelf Life:0-3 Years
Sodium:810 milligrams
Sugars:19 grams
Total fat:7 grams
Trans fat:0 grams
Upc, Ean, Isbn:048143024309
Weight:7.6 oz / 215 g
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Backpacker's Pantry Sweet and Sour Chicken Reviews:


A great balanced and delicate flavors are what sold me on the sweet and sour rice. One suggestion to the user will be to let it "cook" for about 5-10 more minutes than what the instructions suggest as I've found that some of the flavoring takes some time to evenly distribute itself (of course stirring in between helps too). It will vary by person, but I'd say the serving is more like 1 ~ 1.5 if this is all you're having for dinner. The delicate flavors are great in that there's none of that excessive sweetness or saltiness, which leads you to believe that you're eating relatively healthy while backpacking. I wouldn't say it's as good as any Chinese restaurant (unless maybe you've only been exposed to the Americanized Chinese food) as that would be an insult to the cuisine. My only minor complaint is that I don't think the container has to be that tall which makes it hard to eat out of.

Yung Lee at on 04/29/2013

This is better sweet and sour chicken than I've had in many Chinese restaurants. No cloying sweetness, instead, there are peppery bites, a good amount of chicken and the rice was cooked better than a rice cooker could do it. That was an engineering marvel in itself in my opinion. If there were a fault with this, it would be that the pineapple didn't hydrate as perfectly as everything else. It was slightly crystalized and chewy but still imparted good flavor. Overall, I'd count on this as a staple in my kitchen for a Chinese food craving instead of ordering takeout! I can only imagine how awesome it would taste after hiking all day.

Heather at on 03/07/2013

I saw this meal described somewhere as "chinese take out on the trail", so of course it piqued my interest. And, I was plesently surprised by just how good it was. The sweet & sour sauce rivals with any that I've had at chinese take out joints. There's a lot of chicken. And, it comes with a pack of organic olive oil, which I thought was a nice touch. Definitely can't go wrong with this one! My girlfriend and I shared one package and we were satisfied.

Mitch at on 05/10/2012

Best Dryed Food

By far the best tasting dry food I have ever tried. I usually don't write any reviews but this one deserves it. Any other food I tried was either too hot spicy, too creamy, bad tasting or just a little complicated to prepare. For the first time I wanted to finish the whole bag myself. I strongly recommend it.
Clime HI at REI on 10/10/2012

For a meal on the trail this is pretty good. I was a little disappointed when I found there wasn't much chicken in it. It seems like it had an overwhelming amount of pineapple. Maybe I got a bad bag, but the flavor was good and plenty of food for two people. I'd give it a shot again.

Doug Small at on 08/26/2012

It's not exactly restaurant quality but I think that'd be asking much of a freeze dried meal. BP really tried on this one with the oil packet and all. It's delicious and a treat on the trail.

Michael at on 09/18/2013

I bought it for my wife for our backpack trip and she loved it. It was the best tasting one we bought for out trip. would buy again.

mtreker1606274 at on 05/31/2012

Great lightweight food for my long hiking trips.I?m sold on freeze dried food on long hikes or food storage. Very tasty and filling.

Jeff Guest at on 12/18/2012

Very good

One of the better meals. Cook in a small pot over low heat. Use a little extra water and some extra time.
Trae at Campmor on 05/05/2011

Not bad - If you need freeze dried food

For freeze dried food, this is among the best you can find... though don't expect four-seasons perfection!
Angkorgo at Campmor on 08/08/2011