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Sweet and sour recipes

Inspired by Chinese takeaway, our sweet and sour recipes include chicken, pork and vegetarian options. Try our healthy version for a family dinner.

19 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Don't call the takeaway – cook your own sweet & sour pork using a vibrant marinade and tinned pineapple. Swap the pork for chicken or prawns if you prefer

1 hr
More effort
248 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Ditch the takeaway and make our simple sweet and sour chicken recipe. This speedy Chinese-style rice dish is ready in under 30 minutes and packed with zingy flavours

25 mins
Easy
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86 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Try an authentic version of this classic Chinese takeaway dish, with natural sweetness and a warm chilli flavour to spice things up

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
29 ratings 3.4 out of 5 star rating

A trusty takeaway favourite just got superhealthy. Make ahead and freeze for Friday!

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
43 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This homemade sweet and sour sauce is so much better than a takeaway. Great with rice or noodles

40 mins
Easy
11 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Based on a classic Filipino recipe made with white wine vinegar and sugar, this rich and piquant chicken stew is tempered with creamy coconut milk

6 hrs and 40 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This Chinese takeaway family favourite can be made much healthier - lower the sugar, fat and salt levels with this easy recipe

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

This healthy but substantial dish is ready in just half an hour, perfect for a midweek meal for two

30 mins
More effort
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This fresh, light coleslaw has a tangy citrus dressing with celery, mustard and poppy seeds - a lovely light side for a BBQ spread

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
30 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Cut the fuss out of cooking with this speedy, light and healthy midweek supper for two

15 mins
Easy
22 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

This healthy, meaty main uses lean pork fillets and is on the table in just 30 minutes - serve with your choice of grain

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
15 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Forget crinkle-cut versions, this light pickle is sweet and rich - perfect with cold meats, salads and punchy cheeses

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Fresh mackerel is always a winner and grilling gives a deliciously charred quality. Pickled beetroot wedges add an extra tang in this party-perfect, budget-savvy starter

25 mins
More effort
4 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Pork spare ribs are great served in a sticky fruit glaze with spices and ginger, and a tangy sauce on the side

4 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
29 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Spice up supper with this superhealthy recipe that's high in fibre, packed with iron and counts as 4 of your 5-a-day - it's cheap too!

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Kid friendly and easy to barbecue, these low-fat skewers are sure to become a family favourite

30 mins
Easy
30 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

James Martin's Asian soup combines a fragrant broth with fish, seafood and light noodles, topped with strong herbs

45 mins
Easy
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