Easy sweet & sour chicken

Easy sweet & sour chicken

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(200 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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9th Mar, 2013
Tried this for the first time and was a unsure about using the microwave but as I was short on time I did and it worked perfectly! Delicious dish enjoyed by myself and my husband. Served with brown rice. Didn't have sugar snap peas so added peas. Will cook this again.
6th Mar, 2013
Made this recipe for first time after reading comments. Fabulous! My husband is not a sweet and sour fan but he loved this recipe. I added finely chopped chillies and spring onions when serving. I have a 24yr old daughter with a severe food allergy (nuts) so I look for recipes she can tolerate. This fits the bill perfectly! I used the wok tho. Cooked chicken, onion and garlic to fry then added sauce,peppers and pineapple. Served with noodles, egg fried rice and a spring roll. Hubby said 'you can do this again. It's better than takeaway'. Doing it for a family get together soon cos it so easy!!!!!
3rd Mar, 2013
Very easy and the kids loved it. Will definitely be cooked again.
28th Feb, 2013
really fresh tasting and totally delish.
28th Feb, 2013
I cooked this in the wok. This must just be me, but it was way, way too sweet, even using half the suggested sugar. I had to add stock, soy sauce & worcester sauce. However, the meal looked attractive and I will use the suggested vegetables & nuts with another sauce.
22nd Feb, 2013
Really good tasty midweek meal will make again. Made in wok
5th Feb, 2013
Loved this one. Was really easy and delicious. I also cooked this in a wok I cooked the chicken for a few minutes then added the other ingredients leaving the pineapple and sugar snap peas later.
13th Jan, 2013
Easy enough for my teenage girls to make unaided! And they loved it.
8th Jan, 2013
Required a little seasoning. Worked perfectly in a large saucepan as i didn't have a wok. A new family favourite.
1st Jan, 2013
Fantastic and much quicker than ordering a takeaway!


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