Sweet & sour chicken

Sweet & sour chicken

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This homemade sweet and sour sauce is so much better than a takeaway. Great with rice or noodles

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
522
protein
27g
carbs
31g
fat
33g
saturates
6g
fibre
2g
sugar
4g
salt
2.9g

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts, (about 400g/14oz total weight)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • groundnut or sunflower oil, for deep frying, plus extra for stir-frying
  • tempura batter (see below)
  • 1 small red pepper, cored, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced thinly on the diagonal
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh root ginger

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sherry
  • 1 tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cornflour

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Method

  1. Cut the chicken into small chunks and mix with the soy sauce and sesame oil. In a jug or bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients with 100ml cold water. Line a large plate with kitchen paper.
  2. Heat the groundnut oil in a deep-fat fryer to about 180C. Then dip a few chunks of chicken at a time into the batter, then place in the hot oil using tongs or a slotted spoon, but don’t crowd the pan. Fry until crisp and golden – about 2 mins. You may need to do this in batches, so reheat the oil each time. As the chunks cook, lift out with tongs/spoon to the paper-lined plate to drain.
  3. Heat a wok to hot, add about 3 tbsp oil and stir-fry the vegetables with the garlic and ginger for about 3 mins. Give the sauce a quick final stir and pour into the wok, mixing as it cooks to a light glossy sauce. Bubble for 1 min, then spoon over the chicken and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2005

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lorayne20's picture
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this was delicious, made it for my granparents and they loved it.... so easy to make and quick to, will definately be making this again

manssy's picture
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I loved the recipe, but everybody else ABSOLUTELY ADORED IT! I made it once for my family, and ever since, my brother and fiance keep asking me over and over and over to make it again!

puccath74's picture

DELICIOUS!!!!
I tried it a few hours ago end it was unbeleiveble! Forget to go to chinese restaurant! You must to try this receipe at home and invite all your friends to taste it!!
Bon appetit!!!

lauralamb's picture

wonderful recipe! i would double the sauce next time!

ad1rab's picture
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Better than a takeaway!

patlim's picture

Try this with pork. Use pork collar or pork ribeye.

mrsnoonoo's picture
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Really good. Had one problem with the tempura batter. Followed the recipe but found the batter didn't stick to the chicken very well, think the batter was to thin? Next time i try this will add a little less water.

nicnic's picture
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I was very suprised at how good this is, it really is very good indeed, really tastes like the real thing!

I will keep the fried "tempura" chicken for a special treat and make it a little healthier for "everyday" dinner time and just stir fry the chicken plain with the veg and then pour over the cooked sauce, yumdiddleumptious!

mattjmatthias's picture
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Really tasty, and not as much work as it seemed like before I started it! Highly recommended!

stroke004's picture

I thought this recipe was great, all ingredients easy to access and one can make it either mild or spicy.

elizaalice's picture
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I agree, it's well worth the wait.

dhoore's picture
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Allthough it took us about an hour, it's worth every single minute... really delicioussssss !

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