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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26th Nov, 2011
This is a lovely recipe. My 3 year old daughter helped me cook (in a wok). She couldn't stop licking the spoon ! I added a pinch of ginger, and a little pineapple juice. Will be making it again very soon.
25th Nov, 2011
A quick and easy mid week meal. Most ingredients are store cupboard ones! Very tastey although you had to use a lot of Ketchup- which is very sugary. I would definitely make it again though.
20th Nov, 2011
Extremely easy! I used my slow cooker to make it, and it was seriously delicious!
18th Nov, 2011
Made this tonight for the first time, but like most others, used a wok & saucepan. Put the sauce bits in the pan with the garlic and a bit of the pineapple juice and watched it bubble until it looked lush. Cooked chicken and veg separately then re-combined at the end and chucked in the sauce (i'd added the pineapple chunks to the sauce too, softened them up nicely!). Watched it bubble for a few mins then served with rice, gorgeous and cheaper / healthier than the equivalent takeaway dishes!
17th Nov, 2011
Tasty easy quick recipe. Like others I cooked on the hob rather than in the microwave.
15th Nov, 2011
This recipe is brilliant as it is. But i have found several ways to refine it. Use Palm sugar instead of brown. Use 4 Tsb of Rice Vinegar instead of 3 malt Add 1 Tsb of Rice wine Add 1 Tsb of Soy sauce Use a fry pan or a wok and seal the pork first
23rd Oct, 2011
How can something this easy taste so good? I was a little apprehensive about this, especially reading the 9 tbs of ketchup plus sugar but i stayed with it and was pleasantly suprised especially as i'm not a lover of sweet and sour. An ideal receipe for the novice chef.
15th Oct, 2011
As in previous reviews, great dish and very easy and quick to make. I also made it in a wok and the family loved it. Will definitely make this again.
13th Oct, 2011
The sauce in this recipe is lovely and I now use it in a lot of other meals rather than buying sweet and sour sauce BUT I don't think the meal cooks well in the microwave, the texture of the chicken is always a little bit off so I cook this in a frying pan or wok instead and it's delicious that way. Any fresh veg is nice in it, green beans, mini sweet corn, whatever I have to hand generally gets thrown in!
3rd Oct, 2011
OMG, how easy is this, I have 2 days in the week where teatime has to be super quick and this just sorts it out. Chicken was very tender, really tasty, juicy dish and much better than takeaway. I served it with boiled rice and I added broccoli instead of sugar snap peas just as nice. 10/10


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