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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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
12th Sep, 2012
I made this for the first time last night for my partner and we really enjoyed it. I did not use the microwave, instead I sealed the chicken in a pan and put it in oven proof dish with all the ingredients including the sauce and put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes and was lovely, definitely having this again.
7th Sep, 2012
Didn't use microwave and added a splash of water. Was really tasty - very quick and as others have said better than the gloopy takeaway!


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