Sweet & sour chicken

Sweet & sour chicken

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 20 mins


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: per serving

  • kcal522
  • fat33g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre2g
  • protein27g
  • salt2.9g
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  • 2-3 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts, (about 400g/14oz total weight)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • groundnut or sunflower oil, for deep frying, plus extra for stir-frying
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • tempura batter (see below)
  • 1 small red pepper, cored, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced thinly on the diagonal



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 fat garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh root ginger

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

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


  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.

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Comments (32)

lorayne20's picture

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

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

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

Better than a takeaway!

patlim's picture

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

mrsnoonoo's picture

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

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

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

I agree, it's well worth the wait.

dhoore's picture

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


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