This Syn Free Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken tastes so good you’d think it came from the takeaway! You can make it in any slow cooker as well as using either the Slow cook or Pressure function of the Instant Pot.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
We’re really big fans of our Instant Pot, and have it on the counter at least 3 days a week.
This Syn Free Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken is perfect if you’re pushed for time.
You might notice the addition of pineapple on the pictures and wondering how on earth it’s syn free? We stirred through some ripe fresh pineapple right at the very end. Therefore it isn’t “cooked”. We also thickened the sauce with Xanthan Gum which is a syn free thickener. That’s how it’s syn free.
Syn Free Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken takes just 15 minutes to cook using the pressure cook function of the Instant pot. In the slow cooker it’ll take 4-5 hours on high.
Syn Free Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken’s “Secret” Ingredient
There is an unusual secret ingredient to this Syn Free Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken takes and that’s the addition of Fish sauce. Please don’t be put off by the name! If you smell it in the bottle it’ll probably repulse you, but in a dish it really is amazing.
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Most supermarkets stock fish sauce (it’s near the soy sauce), so you should be able to get hold of it. If you can’t find it, you can always grab it from Amazon.
Thefish sauce helps pull together the sweetness as well as the sour that comes from the rice vinegar.
It’s what makes this Syn Free Instant Pot Sweet And Sour Chicken takes taste so good you’d think it came from the takeaway!
We thickened the sauce with something called Xanthan Gum. It’s a Syn free, gluten free thickener and you only need the smallest of amounts. We used just 1/2 a teaspoon!! If you don’t want to use Xanthan Gum you can use cornflour (about 2 tbsp) – just remember to syn it!
You can find Xanthan gum in the free from aisle of your local supermarket but it can be a little pricy. We like to buy tubs of it from Amazon.
Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Sunflower or Olive Oil flavours are ideal for this Syn Free Instant Pot Sweet And Sour Chicken recipe.
Should I syn the sweetener?
The recommendations we received for for synning sweetener are as follows:
Where there is 1 tbsp or more being used per serving they recommend members count 0.5 Syn per tbsp. If using smaller amounts, like a pinch or teaspoon, there’s no need to worry about Syns at all.
The recipe for this Syn Free Instant Pot Sweet And Sour Chicken uses 2 tablespoons of sweetener and is divided into 6 portions. That’s less than half a tablespoon per portion, so there’s no need to add any syns on for the sweetener itself.
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