Easy sweet & sour chicken

Easy sweet & sour chicken

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Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Make this easy sweet and sour chicken, everyone will love it

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal305
  • fat2g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre2g
  • protein36g
  • salt1.63g
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  • 9 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 4 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 skinless and boneless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped



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

  • 2 red peppers, seeded and cut into chunks



    Sometimes called bell peppers or capsicums, these sweet, mild peppers come in variety of colours…

  • 227g 8oz can pineapple pieces in juice, drained



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

  • 100g sugar snap peas, roughly sliced
  • handful salted, roasted cashew nuts, optional



    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…


  1. In a large microwaveable dish, mix the ketchup, vinegar, sugar and garlic thoroughly with the chicken, onion and peppers. Microwave, uncovered, on High for 8-10 minutes until the chicken is starting to cook and the sauce is sizzling.

  2. Stir in the pineapple pieces and sugar snap peas and return to the microwave for another 3-5 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked. Leave to stand for a few minutes, then stir in the cashews, if using, and serve.

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Comments (189)

cambridgehelen's picture

Have made this recipe twice now and both times have loved it!! My family like "saucy" dinners so both times have doubled the sauce ingredients.
Both times have stir fried the chicken, chucked loads (really loads) of veg in to a wok added the sauce to heat through and at the last minute added a good handful of cashew nuts..... Yum yum. Oh and we like a bit of fire so add chilli too!!

buchan7767's picture

Was not too sure how the sauce would taste whilst making it as very dark but, once it was mixed with the chicken and veg in the wok, it was very tasty. Would definitely make it again.

saffysue's picture

Have cooked this a few times now both in the wok and in the microwave. Very easy, very tasty and not the yucky gloopy sauce that is standard at the local takeaway.

raven's picture

THe only dud recipe I've found on this site. Was just OK - sauce tasted just like you'd expect ketchup malt vinegar and brown sugar to taste - a bit yuk!

simone12's picture

Wow, so simple to make and the family loved it. Was very pleased with myself after making this.

vixtwo's picture

A stunning dish, dead, dead easy, pretty much all store cupboard ingredients, and I used it with left over roast pork from the Sunday roast. Highly recommended.

joerin42's picture

I also used a wok and it was fine, but I did fine the sauce very sweet, next time I'll cut down on the sugar.

angie1993's picture

I cooked it in the wok too and it was delicious! So quick & easy to make.
I added some chilli flakes for a little heat.

astri24's picture

I didn't really like the idea of cooking it in microwave, so I cooked it in a wok. Half-cooked the chicken with a very little amount of oil. Put the chicken aside. Stirred in the garlic first and then the onion. Put back the half-cooked chicken into the wok and then add the sauce. After 5 minutes I added the other ingredients. Sauce was fantastic though. Love the combination of ketchup and malt vinegar. I used 30% more on ketchup and malt vinegar (12 tbsp of ketchup and 4 tbsp of malt vinegar).

astri24's picture

I didn't really like the idea of using microwave, so I cooked it in a wok. Half-cooked the chicken with a very little oil first. Put a side the half-cooked chicken. Stirred in the garlic first and then onion. Put back into the wok the half-cooked chicken and added the sauce and the other ingredients. Sauce is fantastic though. Love the ketchup and malt vinegar combination. For this method of mine, I used 30% more of the sauce, means I used 12 tbsp of ketchup and 4 tbsp of malt vinegar.

curlycat0622's picture

Quite a lot of sugar in this recipe but it was really delicious. Both my boys ate it all up - even the one who doesn't like peppers! The peppers really soak up the sauce. I served it with brown rice.

curlycat0622's picture

Quite a lot of sugar in this recipe but it was really delicious. Both my boys ate it all up - even the one who doesn't like peppers! The peppers really soak up the sauce. I served it with brown rice.

tracywinter's picture

So easy to do and bloody lovely!

chickenofpie's picture

Tried this for the first time and was a unsure about using the microwave but as I was short on time I did and it worked perfectly! Delicious dish enjoyed by myself and my husband. Served with brown rice. Didn't have sugar snap peas so added peas. Will cook this again.

dwatson27's picture

Made this recipe for first time after reading comments. Fabulous! My husband is not a sweet and sour fan but he loved this recipe. I added finely chopped chillies and spring onions when serving. I have a 24yr old daughter with a severe food allergy (nuts) so I look for recipes she can tolerate. This fits the bill perfectly! I used the wok tho. Cooked chicken, onion and garlic to fry then added sauce,peppers and pineapple. Served with noodles, egg fried rice and a spring roll. Hubby said 'you can do this again. It's better than takeaway'.
Doing it for a family get together soon cos it so easy!!!!!

andytin's picture

Very easy and the kids loved it. Will definitely be cooked again.

sodaboda's picture

really fresh tasting and totally delish.

kitchenqueen3's picture

I cooked this in the wok. This must just be me, but it was way, way too sweet, even using half the suggested sugar. I had to add stock, soy sauce & worcester sauce. However, the meal looked attractive and I will use the suggested vegetables & nuts with another sauce.

ail4978's picture

Really good tasty midweek meal will make again. Made in wok

hstevenson's picture

Loved this one. Was really easy and delicious. I also cooked this in a wok I cooked the chicken for a few minutes then added the other ingredients leaving the pineapple and sugar snap peas later.


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