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



    Sometimes called bell peppers or capsicums, these sweet, mild peppers come in variety of colours…

  • 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)

bonniej's picture

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

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!

sheenabennett's picture

Made this on Saturday and the family loved it. Read the other comments and decided to follow the advice and cooked it on the hob.

picklemctickle's picture

Ommited the pineapple, added a little chilli. Didn't use the devils own microwave. Tasted fabulous. Uncle Bens' done for.

picklemctickle's picture

Going to try this tonight. But would suggest that all microwave talk be banned from any future recipes. Recoiled at the very idea.

rupi_25's picture

I tried this recipe last night and reading through everyone's comments, I used a wok as well, as did not fancy cooking meat in a microwave. I must say I was very impressed with it as the quality of the dish was even better than what you would buy at a take-away and all the ingredients are fresh as well. Thank you all so much for your comments, as this was a perfect dish to prepare esp when you do not have enough time or are tired. :0) Will make it again for sure and save it in my recipe book too! :0) Enjoy!

cruicky's picture

1.Fling all ingredients together into a slow cooker
2.Go out, have a few sherbits,
3.Head straight home without having to stop off at
the fast food carry-out shop!
4.The Perfect Night Out...........

(add some dry chilli flakes for a spicey sweet and sour)

tracypickle's picture

Absolutely delicious

eileenavitch's picture

Loved the recipe-cooked it in the oven-whole family enjoyed it
will cook angain and again!
Would recommend this dish to you

theoptimisticcook's picture

Made this countless times now and the winning recipe is as above although cooked in a wok or pan, with a dash of soy sauce and a fresh chilli to add depth and spice to the flavours and baby sweetcorn instead of the sugar snap peas or nuts.

If I've got the time, I find crispy chicken with the sauce drizzled over it with egg fried rice, is a winning combination.


norathepixie's picture

This recipe tastes amazing and yet is so easy to make. I made it in a wok and added noodles at the end and it was fantastic!

lydiasimmons's picture

I made the mistake of ignoring other comments about using a wok and tried it in the microwave. Cooked it for 15 mins on high in an 800w microwave and served only to discover the chicken was horribly under-cooked and had to put in back for another 5 mins after which it was just about edible. The colour of the sauce made it difficult to tell when the chicken was cooked as it looked really pink. The other mistake I made was using chicken thighs instead of breast which tasted really fatty and didn't lend themselves to microwave cooking at all. Also I found the sauce a bit sweet and sickly but if you're used to sauce out of a jar you'll like it. I probably will make again as it was so quick and easy for a weeknight dinner but will use a wok in future.

beardo1095's picture

Made this for 6 people adding baby corns and fried all in a wok, served with noodles and was delicious; big hit with family. Will make again

inker55's picture

I am not a natural in the kitchen, but this was so incredibly easy. Mix everything in a bowl and cook in the microwave, add a couple more ingredients and cook again! The recipe states 4 chicken breasts, but I only had 2 large ones but there seemed to be plenty. Next time I would be inclined to add a little cornflour to the sauce mix at the beginning, but this is only a personal preference. 5* dish!

dizzybrunettegirl's picture

Thought the sauce ingredients sounded odd... had no idea sweet and sour sauce could be made out of tomato ketchup etc. (!) but gave this a go for entertaining and it went really well. Very yummy, everyone enjoyed it, and it was quick and easy to make. Also made mine in a wok, and threw in noodles at the end of the cooking. Have made 3 times since as it was so delicious!

cookbooks's picture

we tried this last night, and it was very good. I cut the recipe in half for the 2 of us and it was perfect and easy to do. I served it with rice. Will make this again, and plan to share the recipe with friends.

Carolyn Darlington, Bellevue, WA USA

jo_ce2001's picture

so easy! i will never buy another jar sauce again - especially since this used ingredients i always have!

samcoates's picture

Delicious, really enjoyed by all the family. Extremely quick to prepare even when done in wok (as I did) so great for quick fresh tasting mid week meal. Faster and tastier than a take-away!

cerdeno's picture

Lovely, but following on other comments made it in the wok... also added rice noodles to the wok just before serving. Everybody at home loved it!


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