Sweet & Sour Chicken

Here is a quick and easy recipe for sweet and sour chicken that tastes just like your favorite takeout, but it's much healthier and you can make it at home!

preparation: 15 minutes

making: 20 minutes

total: 35 minutes

servings: 3 portions

nutrition: 331 calories per serving

cuisine: Chinese


For Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 1 tsp of corn flour
  • 180 ml of pineapple juice 
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tsp of dried ginger
  • 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce alternative
  • 1 tsp of white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • a pinch of ground pepper
  • 3 tsp of tomato ketchup 
  • a pinch of chilli powder

For the chicken

  • oil, for greasing 
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into pieces
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into pieces 
  • 1 tbsp of corn flour, heaped
  • 2 diced chicken breasts
  • 200g tinned chunks of pineapple

For Finishing

  • a pinch of sesame seeds


Make the sauce

In a small bowl, combine the corn flour with two tablespoons of the pineapple juice until smooth and set aside.

Pour the remaining pineapple juice into a separate bowl and stir in with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, pepper, ketchup and chilli powder until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

Diced chicken breast, pineapple chinks, onion and bell peppers, corn flour and pineapple juice on the table

Make the chicken

Onion and peppers stir fry in a pan

In a large non-stick pan or wok heat the oil and stir-fry the onion and peppers for 4 minutes over high heat. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Coat the chicken in the corn flour and add to the pan. Pour some more oil if you need it. 

Diced chicken breast stir fry in a pan

Stir fry for 4 minutes until golden on all sides over medium-high heat. 

Chicken breasts and vegetables stir fry in a pan

Add pineapple chunks and previously fried onion & peppers. 

Stir and fry further for about 4 minutes then pour sweet and sour sauce. 

Bring to a simmer over medium heat. 

Cook for 4–5 minutes, stirring regularly until the chicken is cooked through. 

Stir in the corn flour-pineapple mixture that you made at the beginning. Give a final whisk just before adding and cook for about a minute until the sauce thickened and become glossy.

Sweet & Sour Chicken in a pan getting final stir before serving

Take away from the heat and stir all together to coat nicely chicken and vegetables.

Sweet & Sour Chicken served on top of rice, sprinkled with sesame seeds

Serve hot with rice.

For the final touch sprinkle with sesame seeds.