Easy sweet & sour chicken

Easy sweet & sour chicken

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(183 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



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 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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Kirsty Thompson's picture
Kirsty Thompson
25th Aug, 2018
Microwave version; I followed the instructions with an addition of baby corn added at the pineapple stage and I reduced the sugar to 3 tbsp just to make it healthier, personally I felt you could even get away with reducing to 2 tbsp. Also I ensured the chicken was diced up fairly small to avoid undercooking. All in all in turned out really well. We enjoyed it with boiled rice and it will be one of our regular meals in the future.
18th Jul, 2017
Brilliant recipe! Cooked in the wok and turned out delicious
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5th Jun, 2017
Very tasty but took a very long time to cook the chicken. I didn't do it I microwave but oven and took over an hour to cook everything
19th Jan, 2017
Was looking for way to use up leftover chicken and found this recipe. Instead of microwave I made it in a casserole so after frying veg added chicken and the rest of the ingredients before putting it in the oven. I thought it too sweet but the rest loved it. Will make it the same way next time but will use less sugar or change it to molasses maybe.
DanJ1980's picture
23rd Jan, 2016
Made this but doubled the sauce ingredients apart from the sugar. Didn't add all the pineapple only 2/3 of what was advised but added the juice from the tin. Fried diced pork instead of chicken in a wok then removed meat and added the onions and 1 red and 1 yellow pepper to enhance colour of dish then fried veg for 5 mins before adding garlic. Put pork back in then added all the wok contents to a shallow oven dish and put in the oven for 1 hour at 160. The pork melts in your mouth and all the other ingredients with sugar caramelise during cooking!! It tasted amazing...
12th Jan, 2015
I made this tonight and it is gorgeous! Added the pineapple in at the end and a pinch of dry ginger to the sauce (didn't have any fresh). Also cooked in the wok. Really nice and well received by hubby
7th Jan, 2015
Tasty, quick and easy. I also cooked it in a wok and added some of the pineapple juice. Served it with egg fried rice and Chinese stir fry veg. Great for a weekday meal, sometimes use left over cooked chicken from the Sunday roast
26th Oct, 2014
Big hit with the whole family. If you've not tried it, you don't know what your missing
28th Jun, 2014
a huge hit with my teenagers, will now be a regular at our house
1st May, 2014
I found this recipe a bit bland. I made it in the wok and added a tbsp of sesame oil and a tbsp of ketjap manis (indonesian soy sauce) to the sauce. I also added mushrooms, spring onion, roasted cashews and an extra clove of garlic, and it was ok but not 'wow lets do this again'. I didn't use the amount of sugar that was stated instead I only added two tbsp that were not heaped, but it was plenty sweet so that couldn't have been the problem. I guess I was hoping for a more asian flavor, but I reckon this is a good dish for kids or fuzzy adults. Maybe its a good idea to switch out some of the ketchup for oyster sauce?


18th Feb, 2015
After listening to the Food Programme on the radio, on microwavesi, I was convinced that I could use a microwave more if I had the knowledge of how to cook in it. Searching through recipes I found this one with over 150 5 star ratings. I culdnt believe my luck until I read through the commens and found that the majority had used a wok!!!!! Surely this recipe was tried and tested before posting , wasn't it? Are recipes thrown together for the public to try and ascertain whether they work or not or are we all under using our microwaves and increasing our energy bills? I would love to hear from anyone who is confident using a microwave for more than just defrosting or reheating. I think it is greatly underused and want to use mine more efficiently and reduce my energy bills.
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2nd Mar, 2015
Hi margaretforman, thanks for getting in touch. All our recipes are triple tested and this one was tested using a microwave. You're absolutely right though, some people have chosen to use a wok instead of a microwave for this recipe. This could be for a number of reasons; perhaps they don't own one or for whatever reason preferred not to. Glad that you are thinking of having a go at this recipe, we've got quite a few microwave recipes on the site now and this guide might be helpful too http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-cook-without-cooker Thanks again for your feedback.
14th Mar, 2016
Not a fan, tasted watery and flavourless!