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Sweet and sour chicken

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Meat mains

Sweet and sour chicken

Main Serves 2 35 min
Tender strips of pan-fried chicken in a sweet and tangy sauce. This homemade version of China's wildly popular sweet and sour chicken has no takeaway nasties and makes a lovely dinner. Serve this dish with brown rice noodles or rice.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into strips
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp water and 200ml extra
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice or white wine vinegar
  • ½ small pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks
  • large handful beansprouts (optional), or try using some of our mixed sprouted seeds


Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 20 min
  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a large pan, then add the chicken and fry until lightly browned on both sides.
  • Step 2

    Add the carrot, pepper, garlic and ginger. Fry for another couple of minutes.
  • Step 3

    In a small bowl, mix the cornflour, soy, 3 tablespoons of water, plus the sugar and vinegar, and add it to the chicken along with the pineapple.
  • Step 4

    Add a further 200ml of water, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for another couple of minutes, making sure that the chicken is cooked through (no pink juices).
  • Step 5

    Add the beansprouts if using, stir to combine and serve.

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