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Sweet and Sour Chicken

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

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!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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.

Top Tips!

For this recipe, 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 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.

Making ActiFry Sweet and Sour Chicken

What ingredients do you need to make sweet and sour chicken?

Chicken fillets
Cornflour - to coat the chicken and to make the sauce
Vegetable oil
1 large onion
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
2 cloves of garlic
A tin of pineapple 272g (drained weight)

Sweet and Sour Sauce Ingredients

Cornflour
Dark brown muscovado sugar
Worcestershire sauce
Juice from the tin of pineapple
a splash of water

Actifry Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

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Yield: 2
Author: Jan Bennett
Tefal Actifry Sweet and Sour Chicken

Tefal Actifry Sweet and Sour Chicken

If you can't get Ketjap Manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) you can use dark soy sauce but it isn't as sweet, so I suggest adding another teaspoon of sugar.
Prep time: 8 MinCook time: 26 MinTotal time: 34 Min

Ingredients

  • 2 skinless chicken fillets - cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of cornflour - to coat the chicken
  • 1 ActiFry spoonful 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
  • 2 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
  • 5 slices pineapple - cut into chunks from a (272g drained weight) tin of pineapple - drain, but keep the juice for the sauce
For the sweet and sour sauce
  • 1 heaped tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 150ml juice from the tin of pineapple, or make it up to 150ml with water
  • 2 tablespoons dried red chilli flakes
  • 2 malt vinegar
  • 3 heaped tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Ketjap Manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • a big pinch of white pepper

Instructions

Make the sauce
  1. In a small jug add the cornflour along with the rest of the sauce ingredients, mix well and set aside.
To cook
  1. Add 2 tablespoons of cornflour to a bowl along with the cubed chicken. Toss to roughly coat the chicken and put to one side.
  2. Gather together and prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Put the onions into the ActiFry along with the vegetable oil.
  4.  Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Open the lid and add the peppers.
  6. Cook for 8 minutes.
  7. Stir the sauce and add it to the ActiFry along with the chicken and garlic.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes.
  9. Open the lid and check and add a little more water if it looks like you really need to (remembering there isn't a lot of sauce in this dish).
  10. Cook for 5 minutes.
  11. Add the pineapple chunks.
  12. Cook for 5 minutes
  13. By now the chicken should be perfectly cooked and the sauce nicely thickened.
  14. 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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Check out Karen's recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken also cooked in the ActiFry Express XL

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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