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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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.

jiadamson's picture
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As in previous reviews, great dish and very easy and quick to make. I also made it in a wok and the family loved it. Will definitely make this again.

littlegreendragon13's picture
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The sauce in this recipe is lovely and I now use it in a lot of other meals rather than buying sweet and sour sauce BUT I don't think the meal cooks well in the microwave, the texture of the chicken is always a little bit off so I cook this in a frying pan or wok instead and it's delicious that way. Any fresh veg is nice in it, green beans, mini sweet corn, whatever I have to hand generally gets thrown in!

donna1972's picture
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OMG, how easy is this, I have 2 days in the week where teatime has to be super quick and this just sorts it out. Chicken was very tender, really tasty, juicy dish and much better than takeaway. I served it with boiled rice and I added broccoli instead of sugar snap peas just as nice. 10/10

susan_lily's picture
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My favourite meal now. Have made it several times. So quick,easy and tastes wonderful! I cook in a wok and use different veg as the mood takes me. Will try with noodles next time.

michaels7525's picture

I am unable to add this recipe to my binder. Could it be due to the & (ampersand) symbol in the title. Using mobile-phone and Opera 4.3. Thanks, Michael

rachbob's picture
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AMAZING! I'm an 18-year old student (and inexperienced cook!) and made this in the microwave for my first ever dinner party... it was brilliant! So simple, looked nice and colourful in the pan, and all my friends and I loved it! I added a tin of sweetcorn, switched the sugar snaps for mange tout (as I prefer them) and served with brown rice. A potential student signature dish, I'll definitely be making it again!

anders08's picture
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I also made this in the wok as didn't like the idea of cooking in the micro. Quick, easy and VERY tasty. Wont be buying jars of Sweet and Sour anymore!

peadar0611's picture
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Quick, simple and lovely.

jessss's picture

made this a meal for one and had great success, i only used this recipe for a rough guide with the sauce and the rest i did my own thing:)

sykes69's picture
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This was my dish from the website. Amazing, best ever sweet and sour. I did, as previous comments cook in the wok. I can't wait to do this again

elizabeth1975's picture

I have made this dish several times and it is so easy and delicious! I have passed it on to several friends too.

Many thanks,

Sandra Vanner

marianaosma's picture
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That was lovely!! I used pork instead of chicken and even my son had seconds...he is 3 and a half and lately everything that is on his plate is "terrible"... Obviously this wasn't!

disneygirl's picture

loved it..

I made the sauce in the microwave but cooked the rest on the cooker. Just seemed so much fresher that way.

will def be doing again.

susan_lily's picture
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Cooked in a wok - so tasty and easy - will now be a regular in our home.

susan_lily's picture
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OMG - fast, easy and so tasty, a new family favourite. Made with egg noodles - super scrummy.

zenalae's picture

i made this with chicken thighs in the oven with a drop of water to make sure it didn't dry out, tasted absolutly gorgeous! definately a winner :)

bonniej's picture
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Not being a sweet and sour fan, i made this reluctantly for the family and can honestly say this a is the nicest sweet and sour ever.
I made this in the wok in next to no time gently cooking the veg in the sauce at the same time and just sealing the chicken in a frying pan then i popped the chicken in with the veg and sauce covering with a lid on until cooked. Take the lid off to thicken the sauce for a couple of mins and hey presto all done
It's definately one of those dishes that when you pop into the kitchen, you snatch a sneaky spoonfull. However it is the chefs duty taste everything she/he makes (that my excuse anyway)

jacquidargie's picture
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An easy and very tasty dish. Made it in a heavy based pan, stir fried the chicken then added onion and pepper after 5 mins or so added sauce with added fresh ginger then added snap peas, babycorn, pineapple and cashews. Absolutely delicious and fresh tasting so much better than shop bought sauces.

hannah867's picture

Made this and served with rice. Also cooked on hob and was lovely. Didn't have any muscavado sugar so just used normal brown sugar and still worked out delicious. Am planning on making it again tonight, it was so good!

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