Easy sweet & sour chicken

Easy sweet & sour chicken

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(163 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



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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)

biloo01's picture

This is good! Didn't use the microwave I wok fried the chicken and then added veg and then the sauce ingredients. By chance I didn't have any chicken breast in the house but I had some drumsticks, so I boiled the drumsticks for 30min or untill the meat dropped of the bone and then wok fried it etc. It was fantastic with the brown leg meat! Also used a heck of a lot more garlic and some ginger and a little cayen pepper.

mrscruffie's picture

why would you go through the effort of making a nice meal to throw it all in the microwave, you can buy pre packed stuff for that! shame on you BBC Good Food

sara206's picture

Easy, tasty and I did it in the Microwave as I hadn't read the previous feedback and it was great, went down a treat and cooked in the same time as the rice. I've already passed the recipe on! Although, it still doesn't taste totally authentic, probably because its missing the nasty MSG

becdas's picture

Fantastic ,tasty and easy to cook recipe. The whole family loved this and was so much better than a take away. Did cook in a wok though and added some mushrooms, so quick and easy to make.

lemony's picture

Forgot to rate it! :O A definate 5 stars :)

lemony's picture

Like most of the other people here, i used a wok (well actually a frying pan bit i digress :p). It was lovely. Really light and afterwrds unlike chinese I didnt feel groggy. It was very aromatic and tasted very authentic, it will be definately be made again :)

chikemonkee's picture

This recipe was delicious, i cooked it in the Wok though (only cos i had burnt some chicken as i tried to steam in the microwave a few days previous). My partner was very impressed he said it tasted better than the named jars we usually use and he even ate all the peppers and sugar snap peas on his plate (he does not eat vegetables because he dont like them). I served with noodles and a small portion of Egg Fried Rice.

trenethick's picture

My husband liked this but I thought it lacked something.I will try making it in a wok to see if that changes the taste.

jen160677's picture

This was fab! I took on board the recommendations to cook it in the wok! I never really liked sweet & sour and now I think it will be one of my favourities!

pmr747's picture

Nice & simple. Used a wok as suggested.

campb491's picture

Used the wok instead - so easy and tasty.

kenchris45's picture

Just had this for tea and thought it was very bland. Any suggestions for giving it some flavour

jamesbrewer's picture

Such a quick, simpy and totally delicious recipe!! Like most other, I used a wok (dont really like using microwaves for anything other than reheating soups, stews, mugs of tea etc) and threw in some baby sweetcorn too. Served it with Egg Fried Rice, with a splash of soy, seasame oil and finely shredded spring onions. This will be a regular - much better and quicker than a takeaway!!

reddeb1's picture

It's bubbling away in the wok as I type (didn't like the microwave idea either!)...so quick, simple and fresh tasting. Less gloopy (that's a good thing!) than takeaway and better than any jar. Added some baby sweetcorn too. A definite "will make again"!

reddeb1's picture

It's bubbling away in the wok as I type (didn't like the microwave idea either!)...so quick and simple and tastes great. Really fresh tasting..less gloopy (that's a good thing!) than takeaway and better than any jar. Added some baby sweetcorn too. A definite "will make again"!

tanyah's picture

Was dubious about using a microwave but trusted the recipe - my son got very ill from the meat being undercooked, even though I checked lots of pieces as was concerned. It just doesn't cook in an even way in a microwave.

I suggest making it in a wok!!

kellyfinn1's picture

Really easy and quick to do. We tried it with quorn peices too, very tasty and will definitely do it again soon.

janet58's picture

I keep making this again and again. Fantastic recipe for when you are working all day. Quick and fresh tasting. Everyone loves it as well.

poshpause's picture

I was looking forward to cooking this - and I, too, used a wok. It absolutely lived up to expectation and will become a regular in our weekday menus. Fabulous stuff!

flossiemi's picture

I made this with my daughter ( a university student) as it is her favourite meal. We made it in a wok not a microwave and it was absolutely fantastic. She can't wait to get back to her student house to make it for her housemates. Much nicer than takeaway and so, so, so simple. Mix it all together and throw it in a wok!


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