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Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Easy to make Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken

Made from a few store cupboard ingredients, although I would recommend using proper Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine).

Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

I love sweet and sour chicken in batter, but sometimes you either can't be bothered to mess about. 

Besides, this is better for you! Although I did make sweet and sour chicken in the Actifry which is very similar but with far fewer calories.

If you do make this, please be sure to marinate the chicken; don't leave that bit out as it really makes a difference to the chicken.

Top Tip!

You can now buy Shaoxing or Shaohsing (Chinese rice wine) in Sainsbury's. It's in their World food part of the store.

Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine).
Yield: 2-4
Author: Jan Bennett
Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

If you make this please be sure to marinate the chicken. Don't leave that bit out as it really makes a difference to the chicken. This recipe serves 2 quite greedy people or 4 not so greedy.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 6 Mininactive time: 30 MinTotal time: 46 Min


  • a splash or two of vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 nice fat skinless chicken breast fillets - cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 green bell pepper cut into chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper - cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion – cut into chunks
  • 4 or 5 pineapple rings (from a can) and cut into bite-sized pieces **keep the juice for later
  • 3 fat cloves garlic - finely chopped
To make the marinade
  • 1/2 a tablespoon cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine)
To make the sweet and sour sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Heinz tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons plum sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of hot chilli sauce (Maggi - available from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's)
  • 1 tablespoon of juice from the can of pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl and add the cubed chicken. Try to leave for about 30 minutes.
  2. Mix the sweet and sour sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Drain the marinade from the chicken. Add a splash of vegetable oil to a wok and get it nice and hot.
  4. Fry the chicken stirring all the time until it's only almost cooked then remove and set aside.
  5. Wipe the wok with kitchen paper and add a little more oil.
  6. Fry the onion, peppers, garlic, stir-frying until they start to cook but are still crunchy, then add the pineapple pieces. 
  7. Stir for a few seconds then add the sweet and sour sauce mixture.
  8. As soon as the sauce starts to thicken, transfer the chicken back to the wok and give it a good stir to coat the chicken pieces with the sauce. 
  9. Make sure the chicken is cooked through and serve immediately with rice.
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  1. When I was pregnant all I ever wanted to eat was sweet and sour chicken balls!! Will definately try this one Louise xx

  2. You mean not open a jar of ready made sauce?.....

    Even better with fresh pineapple too.

  3. These look so much better than the greasy, premade junk that they serve at the local Chinese restaurant around campus.

    Looks delicious!

  4. This is almost the same way that I prepare my S & S chicken too...sans batter. The flavours can't be beat:D

  5. Jan, you're quite versatile in the kitchen...from Chinese to Greek, Indian and pub grub...delish indeedy!

  6. I ate it. Super...... Super.......

  7. oh my this looks good.. but i do prefer the battered chicken. i use cornstarch so the batter isn't as thick than when using flour.

  8. Much better than the chinese takeaway Jan - it looks delicious.

  9. Looks great, Jan! Reminds me of a similar dish my mother would make for us years ago!

  10. I love sweet and sour anything Jan. Your chicken looks delicious! Who needs batter! All those extra calories!

  11. I also like the battered sweet and sour, but it's fabulous without too, and healthier. This looks great, Jan.

  12. Ih by, this looks so yummee!!!!


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