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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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???

macinnes48's picture
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I cooked in a large flameproof pan, adding grated ginger with the onions and garlic, and broccoli florets instead of sugar snap peas. I also added some of the pineapple juice. It does need seasoning too as, unlike many stir fry recipes, it doesn't include soy sauce. Very tasty and EASY.

katyraie's picture
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Yum, but definitely in a wok rather than the microwave

emmaleg's picture
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This really was a lovely recipe - very fresh tasting and much better than takeaway sweet and sour. I cooked it in the wok and it worked well. You could adapt with whatever veg you have.

lucyphenix's picture
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Just made this for the first time, and i really enjoyed it, rather than using the microwave, i cooked it all on the hob!
Was surprised at how good the taste was - as i was a bit dubious. Very easy to make - and super tasty!

tc1980's picture
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Very simple and very tasty. I made a veggie version by adding carrots and mushrooms and I also used a good pinch of chilli flakes for extra zing!

sallybiggins's picture
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I can't believe how easy and tasty this was!

joannelferguson's picture
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wow better than any chinese takeaway - i cooked in my wok for about 25/30 minutes and tasted delicious X

domestic-ishgoddess's picture
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My 13 year old son made this recipe, on the hob, with just a little help with the prep and he was so pleased with himself - as were we because it was delicious. Used half the amount of chicken and kept the veg the same for three people. Worked really well and very healthy.

kimmidkwtci's picture
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This is a really lovely recipe. I never knew sweet and sour was so easy to make, simple ingredients and very quick. Ideal if you're not a confident cooker, like me! You really can't go wrong.

fliswillis's picture
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Easy to make and loved by all the family!

stephie's picture
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This is a lovely recipe. My 3 year old daughter helped me cook (in a wok). She couldn't stop licking the spoon ! I added a pinch of ginger, and a little pineapple juice.
Will be making it again very soon.

stephie's picture
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This is a lovely recipe. My 3 year old daughter helped me cook (in a wok). She couldn't stop licking the spoon ! I added a pinch of ginger, and a little pineapple juice.
Will be making it again very soon.

lozacrazycat's picture
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A quick and easy mid week meal. Most ingredients are store cupboard ones! Very tastey although you had to use a lot of Ketchup- which is very sugary. I would definitely make it again though.

sillychoco's picture
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Extremely easy! I used my slow cooker to make it, and it was seriously delicious!

nikitaq's picture
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Made this tonight for the first time, but like most others, used a wok & saucepan. Put the sauce bits in the pan with the garlic and a bit of the pineapple juice and watched it bubble until it looked lush. Cooked chicken and veg separately then re-combined at the end and chucked in the sauce (i'd added the pineapple chunks to the sauce too, softened them up nicely!). Watched it bubble for a few mins then served with rice, gorgeous and cheaper / healthier than the equivalent takeaway dishes!

Lola_balola's picture
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Tasty easy quick recipe. Like others I cooked on the hob rather than in the microwave.

mookier's picture
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This recipe is brilliant as it is. But i have found several ways to refine it.

Use Palm sugar instead of brown.
Use 4 Tsb of Rice Vinegar instead of 3 malt
Add 1 Tsb of Rice wine
Add 1 Tsb of Soy sauce

Use a fry pan or a wok and seal the pork first

bonniej's picture
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How can something this easy taste so good? I was a little apprehensive about this, especially reading the 9 tbs of ketchup plus sugar but i stayed with it and was pleasantly suprised especially as i'm not a lover of sweet and sour. An ideal receipe for the novice chef.

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