Backpacker's Pantry Sweet & Sour Rice with Chicken
Backpacker's PantrySweet & Sour Rice with Chicken

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.

  • 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
  • Then stir and enjoy a taste of Asia
  • Provides enough food for two backcountry travelers or one backpacker with a hearty appetite
  • Check detailed photos for ingredients, allergens, and nutritional data
  • Reviews
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4 Stars

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Little heavy on the sweet like has been mentioned and not a ton of chicken but hefty serving size made up for it. Would buy again but also would like to try some other options.


    I really like the Asian backpacker pantries

    Not bad...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Not that sweet and sour, but still a step above regular chicken and rice. Always a good basic.

    Group fav!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    On a 3- day trip this was declared the clear favorite meal of the group. I've since been told it will be a required meal on all future backpacking trips. Delicious, the flavors really stand-out from a lot of the dehydrated meals, it was nice to shake things up with something so unique and yummy.


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This is probably the most extravagant dehydrated meals that I tried from Mountain House. I had no idea what to expect from the finished product but I was pleasantly surprised. For how quick and easy it is to prepare it's worth it.

    I do prefer the Beef Stroganoff out of their line if dehydrated meals.

    How long do these products last in storage? I...

    How long do these products last in storage?

    I was just wandering how long till they expire because I don't live in the US but I love hiking trips and I would apreciate having those light weight tasty meals with me. Thanks in advance

    Best Answer

    The shelf life is 7 years. You should be able to get a little longer out of it, but the longer it is past the best by date the more likely it will spoil.

    A good effort

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    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.

    Not bad at all

      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.

      Sweet and sour as good as any restaurant

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      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.

      Sweet and Sour Rice with Chicken

      Sweet and Sour Rice with Chicken


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer



      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      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.


        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.

        wife loved it

          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.

          one of the best meals on the trip

            Between 8 people and 15-20 meals over the trip, this was one of the best tasting.


              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.