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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Tefal ActiFry recipe, healthier Sweet and Sour Chicken with cooking time under 30 minutes and better than takeaway!

Sweet and Sour Chicken This post may contain affiliate links, as an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases but of course, at no extra cost to you. I must say I really do love my Tefal ActiFry and I have to admit before I had one I thought they were only for cooking chips, but it turns out I was so wrong!

What can you cook in the ActiFry?

I've used mine to make loads of dishes now from ActiFry Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings to ActiFry Arancini; yes indeedy!

Who knew you could use an ActiFry to make so many different dishes! Oh, and by the way, Chilli con Carne turns out beautifully.

The ActiFry is fantastic for cooking speedy and healthier meals; my Sweet and Sour Chicken fakeaway cooks in under 30 minutes.

Armed with my now ageing Tefal rice cooker cooking the rice for me, dinner was served in next to no time and was virtually fuss-free.

Recipe Top Tips!

I used the Tefal ActiFry Express XL for this recipe which does cook up to 30% faster than the ActiFry Family. Therefore timings may have to be increased by a couple of minutes.

I used Ketjap Manis it's an Indonesian sweet soy sauce but you can use dark soy sauce if you don't happen to have any.

I really like it as it's much thicker and sweeter and it can be found in any good supermarket, in the World Food section, if it isn't with the Chinese ingredients.

A bottle of Ketjap Manis

Did you know? 

One ActiFry spoonful (up to the first measuring line) equals 1 tablespoon.

Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken

Making ActiFry Sweet and Sour Chicken

What ingredients do you need to make Sweet and Sour Chicken?

  • chicken fillets
  • cornflour 
  • vegetable oil 
  • onion 
  • red bell pepper 
  • green bell pepper 
  • garlic
  • pineapple from a tin 

                Sweet and Sour Sauce Ingredients

                • cornflour
                • brown sugar
                • Worcestershire sauce
                • juice from the tin of pineapple
                • splash of water
                • dried red chilli flakes
                • red wine vinegar
                • tomato ketchup
                • Ketjap Manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
                • white pepper

                  Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

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                  ActiFry Sweet and Sour Chicken, Healthy, Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe
                  Main, Chicken, Chinese, Fakeaway
                  Chinese
                  Yield: 2
                  Author: Jan Bennett
                  Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

                  Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

                  Easy and delicious sweet and sour chicken made in the Tefal Actifry.Far healthier than regular sweet and sour sauce.
                  Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 26 MinTotal time: 31 Min

                  Ingredients

                  Main Ingredients
                  • 2 skinless chicken fillets - cut into bite-sized pieces
                  • 1 tablespoon of cornflour - to coat the chicken
                  • 1 ActiFry spoon of vegetable oil (1 tablespoon)
                  • 1 large onion - cut into bite-sized pieces
                  • 1 red bell pepper - cut into bite-sized pieces
                  • 1 green bell pepper - cut into bite-sized pieces
                  • 1 clove of garlic - finely chopped
                  • 5 slices pineapple taken from a 272g (drained weight) tin of pineapple - cut into chunks and drained well. Keep the juice for the sauce.
                  Sauce Ingredients
                  • 1 heaped tablespoon cornflour
                  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
                  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
                  • juice from the tin of pineapple - about 120ml
                  • 30 ml of water
                  • 2 tablespoons dried red chilli flakes
                  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
                  • 3 heaped tablespoons tomato ketchup
                  • 2 tablespoons Ketjap Manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
                  • a big pinch of white pepper

                  Instructions

                  1. Add a tablespoon of cornflour to a bowl and very roughly coat the chicken and put it to one side.
                  2. Gather together and prepare the rest of the ingredients.
                  3. Start by making the sauce; in a small jug add the cornflour and sugar along with the rest of the sauce ingredients, mix well and set aside.
                  4. Put the vegetable oil into the ActiFry along with onions.
                  5. Cook for 3 minutes.
                  6. Open the lid, add the peppers.
                  7. Cook for a further 8 minutes.
                  8. Stir the sauce and add it to the ActiFry along with the chicken and garlic.
                  9. Cook for 5 minutes.
                  10. Open the lid and check and add a little more water if it looks like you really need to (remembering there isn't meant to be a lot of sauce in this dish).
                  11. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
                  12. Add the pineapple chunks and cook for a further 5 minutes by which time the chicken should be perfectly cooked and the sauce nicely thickened.
                  13. Please check the chicken is fully cooked and if not continue to cook for a few minutes more.

                  Notes:

                  Please note; I used the Tefal ActiFry Express XL for this recipe which does cook up to 30% faster than the ActiFry Family. Therefore timings may have to be increased by a couple of minutes.

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                  7 comments

                  1. Absolutely LUSH Jan and isn't this type of recipe JUST fab when made in the ActiFry? I LOVE mine and wish I'd had one when I started my 5:2 diet 2 yrs ago! Karen

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                  2. There really is so much that you can do in the Actifry isn't there. I need to stop just making chips in mine haha.

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                  3. Such a good idea to use the Actifry for stir fry!! I only ever use it for chips but there's so much more it can do :)

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                  4. Yummy looking sweet and sour chicken. I don't have one of these gadgets but it's good to see how versatile it is.

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                  5. I would love an actifry! This looks delicious!

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                  7. Oh yum that looks amazing! I would love an actifry!

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                  Cheers
                  Jan