Tefal ActiFry Recipe - Sweet and Sour Chicken

I must say I really do love my Tefal ActiFry and I have to admit before I had one I thought they were all about chips; but I was wrong, check out my Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings recipe.  The ActiFry is fantastic for cooking speedy and healthier meals; my sweet and sour chicken 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. 

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.

I used Ketjap manis which is 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 thicker and sweeter and it can be found in any good supermarket in the World foods section if it isn't with the Chinese ingredients.

Top Tip!

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

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To serve 4 or more (depending on any other dishes being served) you will need:
1 ActiFry spoon of vegetable oil or 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 
2 skinless chicken fillets - cut into bite sized pieces
1 tablespoons of cornflour - to coat the chicken
1 x 227g tin of pineapple - drained keeping the juice for the sauce
a good pinch of dried red chilli flakes - leave them out if you don't like spice

For the sauce you will need:
1 tablespoon cornflour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
juice from the tin of pineapple - about 70ml
20ml water
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 heaped tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon Ketjap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) available in any good supermarket
a big pinch of white pepper

How to do it:
Add a tablespoon of cornflour to a bowl and very roughly coat the chicken and put to one side.

Gather together and prepare the other ingredients.  Start by making the sauce; in a small jug add the cornflour and sugar.  Mix in the Worcester sauce, pineapple juice, water, red wine vinegar, tomato ketchup and Ketjap manis (you can use dark soy sauce instead) along with a good pinch of white pepper.

Put the onions into the ActiFry along with 1 ActiFry spoonful of vegetable oil and cook for 3 minutes.  Open the lid and add the peppers and cook for a further 8 minutes.

Add the chicken and garlic along with the sauce and cook for another 10 minutes.
Add the pineapple and cook for a further 5 minutes by which time the chicken should be perfectly cooked and the sauce nicely thickened.  Please check and if not continue to cook for a few minutes more.  Optional; sprinkle with finely chopped spring onions to serve.

If you don't like any spiciness to your food or you are cooking for children you can of course leave out the red chilli flakes.

Check out Karen's recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken also cooked in the ActiFry Epress XL
or go here for my other ActiFry recipes.


  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

  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.

  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 :)

  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.

  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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