Easy sweet & sour chicken

Easy sweet & sour chicken

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
305
protein
36g
carbs
38g
fat
2g
saturates
0g
fibre
2g
sugar
23g
salt
1.63g

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 2 red peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 227g 8oz can pineapples pieces in juice, drained
  • 100g sugar snap peas, roughly sliced
  • handful salted, roasted cashew nuts, optional

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2004

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bassymum's picture
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I was sceptical about this as I don't like tomato ketchup or vinegar but was swayed to try as so many 5 stars, also looking for recipes for 18 yr old son to cook.
As others, I cooked in frying pan, chicken first then everything else in plus baby corn.
Absolutely FAB, well done Good Food as always. (forget the microwave though).
Definitely having this again, may add a bit of ginger & chilli next time

ruthy10's picture
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I made this for the first time last night for my partner and we really enjoyed it. I did not use the microwave, instead I sealed the chicken in a pan and put it in oven proof dish with all the ingredients including the sauce and put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes and was lovely, definitely having this again.

khodgson's picture
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Didn't use microwave and added a splash of water. Was really tasty - very quick and as others have said better than the gloopy takeaway!

yulibbk's picture
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Great one. Will be coming back to it for sure. Thanks.

belindalowe's picture

Just made this dish and it was soooo lovely. I cooked mine in a wok rather than the microwave. I also added some of the pineapple juice to give it at little extra sauce. I will make again.

amymolesworth's picture
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A regular

leggers's picture
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Delicious and so easy!

clarebirkby's picture
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Two increasingly fussy small people have just polished this off - BIG HIT and new family favourite!!!

mrssproggit's picture
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This tastes EXACTLY like a takeaway, but without the "gloopiness" of a takeaway sweet and sour. I too cooked in a wok, and was pleasantly surprised at how lovely and tender the chicken turned out too. My fussy daughter and sweet and sour hating husband both gobbled it up and asked for more! Will def be making this again!!

quincepip's picture
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A big favourite, very quick and easy.

trevor16's picture
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Wow! I made with left over pork from a joint and just added the already cooked sliced pork at the last minute. Truly delicious and much much nicer than any chippy! Defo make again, maybe with chicken or even prawns. Winner in my eyes.

gill_david's picture
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Great! Followed microwave method and it was delish! Definitely a 'keepsie'. Whole family including an exceedingly fussy 21 year old ate every last scrap. Did it with noodles.

jordannepowell's picture
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Cooked this for my friend and I who are dieting. Chose to cook in the wok instead of microwave and ate it with fine egg noodles. Absolutely delicious. Would definately make again.

libby0's picture
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I made it in a microwave and the chicken was lovely, moist and soft. The veg was crisp. Perhaps the sugar snap peas needed longer. This is the best homemade sweet and sour sauce ever!

I swapped muscovado for demerrera.

largomjf's picture
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Followed the recipe pretty much other than using a wok instead of microwave. Also, I used normal frozen peas as opposed to sugar snap. This was tremendous, very very easy to prepare and cook, as well as the bonus of being quite a cheap recipe. Tasted better than a takeaway and much healthier- would definately make again

cc-offe's picture
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Really simple, great for cooking in a hurry, everyone loves this!

telfordskinz's picture
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Also cooked in a wok. Used half recipe as only 2 of us. I used left over chicken, so breast and thigh went into it. Also used left over mixed vegetabled as didn't have sugar snap peas. A delightful tasty dinner. Will make it again, possibly with left over pork.

dawnscanlon's picture
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Cooked in the microwave, very dubious but it worked out really well. Really nice thick sauce and the fresh pineapple with it was delicious. I also put in baby sweetcorn at the time I was put in the pineapple and this worked well. I would suggested cutting the chicken into small pieces and this way it cooks through.

chefkate707's picture

This is a fantastic recipe, very tasty and very quick!
The whole family loved it too, i shall be making this again very soon!

princess77's picture

Never made sweet and sour chicken before and agree with other comments that cooking in a microwave isn't appealing. Any suggestions for how to cook in wok please???

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