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

picklemctickle's picture
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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
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Absolutely delicious

eileenavitch's picture
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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
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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.

Wonderful.

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

samcoates's picture
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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
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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!

lakeleman's picture

Thai version that I'm used to since I was young, we used tomatoes (cut in wedge) instead of red pepper, cucumber (in wedge or thick piece) instead of snap peas. We don't use tomato ketchup at all. The sweetness comes from pineapple and the sour taste comes from tomatoes. A little bit of cornstarch (dissolved in a bit of cold water first) to thicken the sauce may be added.

queenofthesouth's picture
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Not in the habit of cooking in a microwave, but I did follow the recipe..... and it was delish! Cut the chicken pieces into not too big chunks (that might make a difference re avoiding undercooked meat). I cut the onion into thin slices (not rings) and did the same with a red and green pepper (thin strips). I didnt put the peppers in until I put in the pineapple. I cooked the chicken for 10 minutes then cooked the veg with the chicken for 4 minutes. No complaints other than slightly less sweet than I would prefer so I added a drizzle of honey. Next time I will just add a little more sugar. Definitely to be made again!!!!!!!!!!!!

kandsramsay's picture
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Also did it in the wok. Quick and easy and loved by the whole family!

mpearsonmadrid's picture

Maybe it's just me but it sounds absolutely ghastly..so many 5 star ratings tho.. I think that I shall give it a miss nevertheless...

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