Easy sweet & sour chicken

Easy sweet & sour chicken

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(169 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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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!
13th Dec, 2012
Most Good Food recipes work but I have to say this one left me cold. A very uninspiring flavour and I won't be making it again.
4th Dec, 2012
also, having read other comments about microwaving, I cooked this in the pan- chicken was lovely and tender.
4th Dec, 2012
awfully sweet! will try it again with less sugar- otherwise this was a hit. My husband really liked it, but the sweetness did kind of stick to the mouth. Worth trying though, if you haven't done so!!
20th Oct, 2012
I was sceptical about this as I don't like tomato ketchup or vinegar but was swayed to try as so many 5 stars, also looking for recipes for 18 yr old son to cook. As others, I cooked in frying pan, chicken first then everything else in plus baby corn. Absolutely FAB, well done Good Food as always. (forget the microwave though). Definitely having this again, may add a bit of ginger & chilli next time


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