Easy sweet & sour chicken

Easy sweet & sour chicken

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(162 ratings)

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)

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

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

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...

beccasturgeon's picture

Great! Made in a wok though as didn't want to cook in microwave. Much better than jar and takeaway sweet and sour.

tecora's picture

hey all

im thinking of making this on friday but have a small problem. is there any alternatives for the ketchup? Im allergic to some e-colours and there happens to be one in most ketchups :S was wondering if anyone can name a brand that is e-colour free or an alternative for it?

thanks muchly.

erbusaig's picture

So quick, easy and really, really tasty. Will never buy jars again.

sombracito's picture

This was SO easy and really much tastier than I was expecting, the whole family enjoyed it. Made it in the wok as did many of the other commenters above but apart from that all the ingredients and quantities were spot on.

adelphi10's picture

Delicious and so easy! Didn't have the vinegar or sugar so substituted with white wine vinegar and demerera sugar - still tasted wonderful. Served with brown rice and salad. May next time add some chilli for a bit of kick!

musicali's picture

oops! forgot to rate it! 5 stars :)

musicali's picture

Very, very munchy! I added baby sweetcorn and a big dash of Lea and Perrin's Worcester Sauce. I will definitely make this again and will be recommending it to my friend who has young children, as I am sure they will love this.

cherrysummers's picture

Imade this in the wok.added sliced carrots,delicious ,the nicest sweet and sour i have tasted.

jcesson's picture

Delicious! Will be making this again!

devaodoherty's picture

LOVED IT! I made this in a wok and replaced the sugar snaps with a carrot. I made it for two so I cut the chicken, pineapple and veg content in half but made the sauce with the quantities given to serve 4 - FAB! Like something you'd get out of a jar or takeaway...only better!

coralia's picture

i added baby corns to it and some uncle ben's rice in different bowl to make it more satiable and it was lovely :D

donnalovescheese's picture

So so tasty! My husband thought it was from the takeaway which I think was meant to be a complement! Only changes I made were to make this in a wok instead of the microwave as others have suggested and I left out the cashews.

phillippetrou's picture

Excellent recipe - I do this in a wok rather than in the microwave though. Fresh and tasty result. All round winner!

98vicmou's picture

Really simple and yummy. I cooked the chicken in a pan with the onions and peppers (i added a yellow one too) then made the sauce in a seperate bowl and added extra pineapple juice, threw in the rest of the ingredients and there you have it! Family enjoyed it, served with plain brown rice :)

lockheart's picture

great sauce... but would never recommend cooking it in the microwave.... much quicker on the hob! even more so if you use pre cooked chicken (left over roast) which i have done on occasion with fabulous results. was so quick was left twiddling thumbs whilst rice finished cooking.

the5sayers's picture

Husband and Son really enjoyed this, and so easy to make. A good quick dinner. I cooked it in the wok, didn't fancy using the microwave to cook the chicken.

Will cook again.


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