Sweet & sour chicken & veg

Sweet & sour chicken & veg

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A trusty takeaway favourite just got superhealthy. Make ahead and freeze for Friday!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal230
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre4g
  • protein20g
  • salt0.26g
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Ingredients

  • 425g can pineapple chunks, drained, juice reserved

    Pineapple

    pine-ap-pel

    With its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple…

  • 2 tbsp each tomato ketchup, malt vinegar and cornflour
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 red and green pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced on the diagonal

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 125g packs baby corn, sliced lengthways
  • 2 tomatoes, quartered

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • cooked rice, to serve

Method

  1. Make the sweet & sour sauce by whisking together the pineapple juice, tomato ketchup, malt vinegar and cornflour. There should be 300ml – add water or stock if you’re short.

  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok over a high heat. Add the onion, chilli, peppers, carrots and chicken and stir-fry for 3-5 mins until the vegetables are starting to soften and the chicken is almost cooked.

  3. Add the corn and sauce. Bubble for 2 mins, add tomatoes and cook for 2 mins until the sauce thickens, the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are tender. Serve with rice, if you like.

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Comments (19)

AmyFoodie91's picture

This is really delicious, I added pineapple at the end and halved cherry tomatoes. Served with noodles.

FattyTom90's picture

That sounds like a great idea! I didn't think this recipe could get any better, but I think you just achieved it! No guess you really are a 'foodie'!

martinallen72's picture

Too much ketchup.

Tips
1) Use a tblsp LESS ketchup and a touch more pineapple juice. Add a tsp of light soy sauce and 1tsp of caster sugar as well as the base ingredients. It will taste a bit weird until you cook it.
2) Add some chopped ginger, a few chilli flakes and garlic to the stir fried veg
3) Crucial - use toasted sesame oil instead of vegetable oil
4) Add some of the pineapple chunks at the end

You'll find these turn a pretty bland and over ketchup'ed recipe into something really quite nice and much more like the sweet and sour sauce you know.

Bodiam's picture

Very tasty and easy to make

katiepage2011's picture
3

Very easy to make. It needed a bit more flavour but I had to substitute the pineapple juice for apple juice which might have made the difference.

reeldancer25's picture
4

Really enjoyed this dish and cooked it for my mum on Mother's day :)

kkulma's picture
3

Quite enjoyable dish, although as some people said above - it's missing 'a kick'. Great combination of veggies but you have to experiment more with spices. And I had to add some more water, as suggested 300mL of sweet&sour sauce was not enough

laughinggirl66's picture
3

Nice enough dish but I agree with above it is lacking something - a good punch of ginger might do it, i added a clove of garlic but maybe 2 might be better. I did enjoy all the veg and really good way to make some chicken go further. I also chucked the pinapple in at the end

bethocallaghan's picture
4

I threw the pineapple chunks in at the end. I used some crushed chilli in the sauce instead of the fresh, and some garlic and ginger. Everyone enjoyed it.

lizzafezza's picture
4

Great mid week meal, loved all the veg in it.

schizopear's picture
3

@lipstick - i just threw the pineapple chunks in towards the end...

bethanh's picture

I haven't tried this but used to make something similar but with ginger and garlic as suggested above and soy sauce instead of vinegar. Also it was much better with fresh pineapple rather than canned.

birdline's picture

A teaspoon of grated ginger and one crushed clove of garlic makes all the difference.

mrsnew's picture
3

There wasn't anything wrong with it but it was just 'ok'. Nothing special really, a healthy mid week dinner though.

mikeyuniati's picture

good taste, to make simple I used bottle sauce, it can save time

han_nah95's picture

Hi, just wondering what bottled sauce did you use?
Being lazy this Friday :)

hillie43's picture
4

Great taste - maybe sauce needs to be more runny? Loved it and will eat it again. Replaced chicken with tofu for vegan son - he liked it too :-)

schizopear's picture
3

this was ok - good way of stretching out chicken breast. only problem was the sauce just wasn't quite right - definitely needs a bit of tweaking.

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