Easy sweet & sour chicken

Easy sweet & sour chicken

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(243 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

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.

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal305
  • fat2g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre2g
  • protein36g
  • salt1.63g


  • 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 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 mins 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 mins 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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7th Apr, 2013
I didn't really like the idea of using microwave, so I cooked it in a wok. Half-cooked the chicken with a very little oil first. Put a side the half-cooked chicken. Stirred in the garlic first and then onion. Put back into the wok the half-cooked chicken and added the sauce and the other ingredients. Sauce is fantastic though. Love the ketchup and malt vinegar combination. For this method of mine, I used 30% more of the sauce, means I used 12 tbsp of ketchup and 4 tbsp of malt vinegar.
2nd Apr, 2013
Quite a lot of sugar in this recipe but it was really delicious. Both my boys ate it all up - even the one who doesn't like peppers! The peppers really soak up the sauce. I served it with brown rice.
2nd Apr, 2013
Quite a lot of sugar in this recipe but it was really delicious. Both my boys ate it all up - even the one who doesn't like peppers! The peppers really soak up the sauce. I served it with brown rice.
25th Mar, 2013
So easy to do and bloody lovely!
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


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