Sweet & sour chicken & veg

Sweet & sour chicken & veg

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal230
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre4g
  • protein20g
  • salt0.26g
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  • 425g can pineapple chunks, drained, juice reserved



    With its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple…

  • 2 tbsp each tomato ketchup, malt vinegar and cornflour
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 red and green pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced on the diagonal



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 125g packs baby corn, sliced lengthways
  • 2 tomatoes, quartered



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • cooked rice, to serve



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…


  1. Make the sweet & sour sauce by whisking together the pineapple juice, tomato ketchup, malt vinegar and cornflour. There should be 300ml – add water or stock if you’re short.

  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok over a high heat. Add the onion, chilli, peppers, carrots and chicken and stir-fry for 3-5 mins until the vegetables are starting to soften and the chicken is almost cooked.

  3. Add the corn, pineapple and sauce. Bubble for 2 mins, add tomatoes and cook for 2 mins until the sauce thickens, the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are tender. Serve with rice, if you like.

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Nicoledanielle89's picture
17th Apr, 2020
Really easy and super tasty. Firm favourite, would definitely make again. Added a dash of soy sauce in the sauce and we also added prawns with the chicken too - it was lovely.
5th Dec, 2018
Agree with alot of the comments - missing something... only read these after making it!! Anyway think I should’ve chucked the pineapple chunks in at the end! I use sainsbury brand ketchup as it has a lot less sugar than the big brand so perhaps why less sweet than I was expecting!
30th Apr, 2014
This is really delicious, I added pineapple at the end and halved cherry tomatoes. Served with noodles.
30th Apr, 2014
That sounds like a great idea! I didn't think this recipe could get any better, but I think you just achieved it! No guess you really are a 'foodie'!
20th Oct, 2013
Too much ketchup. Tips 1) Use a tblsp LESS ketchup and a touch more pineapple juice. Add a tsp of light soy sauce and 1tsp of caster sugar as well as the base ingredients. It will taste a bit weird until you cook it. 2) Add some chopped ginger, a few chilli flakes and garlic to the stir fried veg 3) Crucial - use toasted sesame oil instead of vegetable oil 4) Add some of the pineapple chunks at the end You'll find these turn a pretty bland and over ketchup'ed recipe into something really quite nice and much more like the sweet and sour sauce you know.
21st Jun, 2013
Very tasty and easy to make
4th Feb, 2013
Very easy to make. It needed a bit more flavour but I had to substitute the pineapple juice for apple juice which might have made the difference.
9th Apr, 2012
Really enjoyed this dish and cooked it for my mum on Mother's day :)
6th Mar, 2012
Quite enjoyable dish, although as some people said above - it's missing 'a kick'. Great combination of veggies but you have to experiment more with spices. And I had to add some more water, as suggested 300mL of sweet&sour sauce was not enough
15th Feb, 2012
Nice enough dish but I agree with above it is lacking something - a good punch of ginger might do it, i added a clove of garlic but maybe 2 might be better. I did enjoy all the veg and really good way to make some chicken go further. I also chucked the pinapple in at the end


7th May, 2020
Do you add the Pineapple chunks, if so when?
lulu_grimes's picture
11th May, 2020
Hello, You add them at the end with the corn. Thank you for pointing this out, I will amend the recipe. Lulu
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