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



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  • 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)

nikitaq's picture

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

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

mookier's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

susan_lily's picture

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 :)


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