Fruity Sweet and Sour Chicken

This fruity sweet and sour chicken recipe is delicious, very healthy, and very easy to cook! And it looks great, too.

I have tweaked the original Whitworths recipe (it is not, and probably never was, online); my version is fruitier and a little bit more acid, and there are no measuring spoons to wash.

Serves 2.

  • A plastic bag;
  • A frying pan;
  • A saucepan.
  • 450g cubed raw chicken;
  • 200g-250g tin of pineapple chunks;
  • 75g cornflour;
  • 1 egg;
  • 1 big kiwi (or 1 tomato if you wish to reduce acidity);
  • 1 or 2 bell peppers (optional, they do not change the taste much);
  • 45g white vinegar;
  • 40g demerara sugar;
  • 15g sherry (or mirin);
  • 10g soy sauce.
  1. Prepare the marinade: put the soy sauce, sherry (or mirin), beaten egg and 50g cornflour in a plastic bag, mix them together until the marinade becomes homogeneous, and there are no lumps;
  2. Add chicken cubes to the bag, make sure they are thoroughly coated, and marinate for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better, but mind the chicken expiry date…);
  3. Prepare the liquid ingredients for the sauce: dilute 25g cornflour in 2 tablespoons of water (make sure there are no lumps), then add pineapple juice from the tin, then add water; there should be 200g in total;
  4. Prepare fruits and vegetables: cut bell peppers into matchsticks, and peel and dice kiwi (or tomato);
  5. Put the sugar and vinegar in a small pan and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add bell peppers, pineapple chunks and kiwi (or tomato) and for cook 2-3 minutes;
  6. Meantime, fry (or deep fry) the chicken in batches, without overcrowding the pan;
  7. Add liquid ingredients to the sauce, bring it to boil, then simmer until the sauce clears and thickens;
  8. Serve chicken with the sauce and boiled rice.

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