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Crispy sweet and sour chicken

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Serves 2

Crispy Tempura chicken in a sweet and sour sauce.....a Chinese take away at half the price.

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  • For The Sauce:-
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil/ cooking oil (olive oil works better)
  • 1 onion or a couple of spring onions Diced
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon of dark soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar (Any vinegar will do but I find this is the best)
  • 1 Tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 125 ml of cold Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of cornflour
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 567g tin of chopped Pineapple (but use all of the juice from the tin for the sauce)
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 carrot sliced into thin strips
  • For The Crispy Chicken
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped into chunks
  • 100g cornflour
  • 150g plain flour
  • 10g baking powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • Iced water (enough to make a thin batter that will just stick to your finger)


    1. Firstly in a saucepan heat a tbsp of cooking/olive oil on medium heat. Add the diced onion and let them sweat for a couple of minutes. (While the onions are sweating you can put a separate pan of water on to boil for the rice to cook in.)
    2. Then add to the onions the garlic, soy sauce, vinegar and tomato puree. Keep stirring this mixture.
    3. Mix the corn flour (for the sauce) in the cold water then add to the pan.
    4. Stir in the sugar then add your pepper, carrot and pineapple with the juice from the tin. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
    5. While the sauce is simmering you can mix up your batter. mix the two flours together and baking powder,gently add iced water, briefly stir- can stay lumpy but do not over stir.
    6. Dip your chicken in the batter and deep fry until a golden brown colour. (cut into one of the chicken pieces to ensure it is cooked thoroughly)
    7. serve chicken on a plate then pour the sauce over the top. Serve with rice.
    8. Also try this recipe with either pork, prawns, vegetables or tofu.

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John Freeman
23rd Jan, 2019
First Good Food recipe. Family loved the dish and want me to cook it again which is a great start.
27th Aug, 2016
Have just tried the sauce with cooked chicken. Absolutely delicious, a big hit with the family!
4th Feb, 2015
Didn't realise I could cook as good as this, this was better than any Chinese restaurant. Great recipe and easy to follow.
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