Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes

  • 10MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 262KCAL

One of our favourite takeaways – this dish is almost like a sweet and sour, but without the sour or the extra calories!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories262
  • Carbs23g
  • Fat1.8g
  • Saturates0.5g
  • Sugars22g
  • Protein33g

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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 to know in the blurb!

This dish is one of our all time favourite takeaways! Chicken in a rich tomato sauce that’s sweetened with honey, it almost tastes like a sweet and sour but without the sour.

As the cooking time for this recipe is so short, you’ll need to remember to make sure that you’re slicing your carrots thinly enough that they cook through completely. We don’t usually bother peeling our tomatoes, but if you’d prefer it then you definitely can.

Just remove the stalk with a sharp knife and then score a large cross on the bottom. Plunge the tomatoes into a pan of boiling water for 30 – 60 seconds (depending on their size) and then remove and cool down immediately in a bowl of cold water. You should find that your skins just peel off really easily!

We love this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes served with some boiled rice as part of a Chinese Fakeaway feast – it’s much lower in calories and Points than a typical takeaway, but just as tasty and takes no time at all to make!

What diets is this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes suitable for?

This Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can also be made suitable for gluten free diets as long as you use Henderson’s Relish instead of Worcestershire sauce and swap out the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives

  • Soy sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes recipe?

  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes?

This recipe is really simple – who would’ve thought that a few simple ingredients could result in such a delicious dish?!

How many calories are in this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes?

There are 262 calories per portion in this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, tomato puree, honey, rice vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, and leave to one side.

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Step 2

Spray the wok with low calorie cooking spray and, over a medium to high heat, quickly stir fry the chicken for 2 minutes to seal the meat.

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Step 3

Add the onions and continue cooking for 4 minutes until they begin to soften.

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Step 4

Add the garlic and Chinese 5 spice, and cook for a minute stirring well to coat the chicken in the spice.

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Step 5

Stir in the sauce you made in step 1 and then add 150ml of water.

Step 6

Add the carrots and tomatoes.

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Step 7

When the sauce starts to bubble, reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 6-8 minutes, until the tomatoes and carrots are softened and the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

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Step 8

Sprinkle the spring onions on top and serve with boiled rice.

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What could I serve with this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes?

This Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes would work really well when served alongside some boiled rice or with any of the following:

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How do you know when this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes is cooked?

You’ll need to cook your Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes until the carrots are tender and the chicken has cooked through.

This should take around 15 minutes or so.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat this Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes or until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes or until piping hot.

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Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes

One of our favourite takeaways - this dish is almost like a sweet and sour, but without the sour or the extra calories!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 262
  • Carbs 23G
  • WW Points:
  • 4 Green
  • 3 Blue
  • 3 Purple

Ingredients

  • 500 g diced chicken breast
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and finely sliced
  • 3 tomatoes each cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce or Henderson's Relish
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 150 ml water
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, tomato puree, honey, rice vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, and leave to one side.
  2. Spray the wok with low calorie cooking spray and, over a medium to high heat, quickly stir fry the chicken for 2 minutes to seal the meat.
  3. Add the onions and continue cooking for 4 minutes until they begin to soften.
  4. Add the garlic and Chinese 5 spice, and cook for a minute stirring well to coat the chicken in the spice.
  5. Stir in the sauce you made in step 1 and then add 150ml of water.
  6. Add the carrots and tomatoes.
  7. When the sauce starts to bubble, reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 6-8 minutes, until the tomatoes and carrots are softened and the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  8. Sprinkle the spring onions on top and serve with boiled rice.

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Recipe notes

As the cooking time is short, make sure that you slice the carrots thinly so that they cook through. 
We don't usually bother peeling our tomatoes, but you can if you prefer. To do this, remove the stalk with a sharp knife and score a large cross on the bottom. Plunge the tomatoes into a pan of boiling water for 30-60 seconds depending on their size. Remove and cool down in a bowl of cold water. The skins should peel off easily.

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Sheona MathewsonMonday 1st March 2021

Do you think quorn chunks could work instead of the chicken? Thanks

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    SharonMonday 1st March 2021

    Hi Sheona, we haven’t tried this ourselves but it should work perfectly well. Enjoy the recipe!

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KerryThursday 18th February 2021

Absolutely glorious.

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    SharonFriday 19th February 2021

    Thankyou Kerry, we’re so pleased to hear this!

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Claire mcdonnellThursday 7th January 2021

Hi. Are the calories for the whole dish? Or per portion? ( ie- (4 portions? )

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    SharonThursday 7th January 2021

    Hi Claire, the calories are for one serving of the dish. Thanks for your question and hope you enjoy the recipe!

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IanWednesday 6th January 2021

Hello! The carbs on this recipe seem quite high for the ingredients that are listed. I’m wondering where the 23g carbs come from? I assumed it was from the rice but this isn’t listed as an ingredient. Thanks 🙂

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    SharonWednesday 6th January 2021

    Hi Ian, the main sources of carbohydrates in this recipe are the honey and the tomato puree; 23 g of carbohydrates is correct for this recipe. You’re correct about the rice as this was not included in the nutritional calculation. Do hope this helps.

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Sue stamperTuesday 22nd December 2020

Did the Chinese chicken , as always the pinch of nom didn’t let me down. Easy and tasty. Love your cookbook.

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    HollyWednesday 23rd December 2020

    Hi Sue, so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

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Geoffrey TaggartSunday 20th December 2020

Just made this for dinner. Was amazing

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    HollyMonday 21st December 2020

    Hi Geoffrey, so glad you enjoyed the Chinese Chicken with Tomatoes!

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