Easy sweet & sour chicken

Easy sweet & sour chicken

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Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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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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
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 2 red peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
    Peppers

    Pepper

    pep-iz

    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

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

    Pineapple

    pine-ap-pel

    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
    Cashew

    Cashew

    ka-shoo

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

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.

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Comments (189)

largomjf's picture
5

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
5

Really simple, great for cooking in a hurry, everyone loves this!

telfordskinz's picture
5

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
5

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???

macinnes48's picture
4

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
4

Yum, but definitely in a wok rather than the microwave

emmaleg's picture
5

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
4

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
4

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
5

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

joannelferguson's picture
5

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

domestic-ishgoddess's picture
5

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
5

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
5

Easy to make and loved by all the family!

stephie's picture
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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

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