Easy sweet & sour chicken

Easy sweet & sour chicken

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(168 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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14th Jul, 2012
Great! Followed microwave method and it was delish! Definitely a 'keepsie'. Whole family including an exceedingly fussy 21 year old ate every last scrap. Did it with noodles.
11th Jul, 2012
Cooked this for my friend and I who are dieting. Chose to cook in the wok instead of microwave and ate it with fine egg noodles. Absolutely delicious. Would definately make again.
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21st Jun, 2012
I made it in a microwave and the chicken was lovely, moist and soft. The veg was crisp. Perhaps the sugar snap peas needed longer. This is the best homemade sweet and sour sauce ever! I swapped muscovado for demerrera.
24th May, 2012
Followed the recipe pretty much other than using a wok instead of microwave. Also, I used normal frozen peas as opposed to sugar snap. This was tremendous, very very easy to prepare and cook, as well as the bonus of being quite a cheap recipe. Tasted better than a takeaway and much healthier- would definately make again
11th May, 2012
Really simple, great for cooking in a hurry, everyone loves this!
2nd May, 2012
Also cooked in a wok. Used half recipe as only 2 of us. I used left over chicken, so breast and thigh went into it. Also used left over mixed vegetabled as didn't have sugar snap peas. A delightful tasty dinner. Will make it again, possibly with left over pork.
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24th Apr, 2012
Cooked in the microwave, very dubious but it worked out really well. Really nice thick sauce and the fresh pineapple with it was delicious. I also put in baby sweetcorn at the time I was put in the pineapple and this worked well. I would suggested cutting the chicken into small pieces and this way it cooks through.
20th Apr, 2012
This is a fantastic recipe, very tasty and very quick! The whole family loved it too, i shall be making this again very soon!
13th Apr, 2012
Never made sweet and sour chicken before and agree with other comments that cooking in a microwave isn't appealing. Any suggestions for how to cook in wok please???
6th Mar, 2012
I cooked in a large flameproof pan, adding grated ginger with the onions and garlic, and broccoli florets instead of sugar snap peas. I also added some of the pineapple juice. It does need seasoning too as, unlike many stir fry recipes, it doesn't include soy sauce. Very tasty and EASY.


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