Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken

2 min read
Ditch the takeaway and make this simple sweet and sour chicken recipe. This speedy Chinese-style rice dish is ready in under 30 minutes and packed with zingy flavours.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 4


  • 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
  • 2 red peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 227g can pineapple pieces in juice, drained
  • 100g sugar snap peas, roughly slice
  • A handful of salted, roasted, and cashew nuts


  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.

Credit: BBC Good Food