Sweet and Sour Chicken

  • 5MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 315KCAL

We love a Chinese Fakeaway and our slimming friendly Sweet and Sour Chicken is sooo good when calorie counting or following Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories315
  • Carbs20g
  • Protein17g
  • Fat2g
  • Saturates0.4g
  • Sugars8g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

We all love a takeaway, but sometimes it can be hard to navigate those folded menus for an option that satisfies the craving and doesn’t knock you off your slimming wagon!

We created this slimming-friendly Sweet and Sour Chicken to help you enjoy those takeaway flavours without the guilt. We think it’s just as good as the real thing.

Our Sweet and Sour Chicken is a great option if you’re calorie counting or following Weight Watchers!

Make sure to add lots of vegetables to help towards your ‘five a day’ and take a look at our other takeaway inspired recipes for a truly indulgent Chinese takeaway banquet!

What diets is this Sweet and Sour Chicken suitable for?

This Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe can be made vegetarian as long as you swap out the following ingredients for vegetarian versions;

  • Chicken – this can be substituted for extra vegetables or vegetarian chicken style pieces.

This Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Stock
  • Soy sauce

This recipe is also suitable for dairy free diets.

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 Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 1 Points per portion of this Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 1 Points per portion of this Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Sweet and Sour Chicken?

All of these items should be available at your local supermarket, you can usually find rice vinegar in the World Foods aisle.

How many calories are in this Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe?

There are 315 calories per portion in this Sweet and Sour Chicken, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Sweet and Sour Chicken 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

Mist a decent sized wok with low calorie cooking spray.

Step 2

Add the onion and garlic to the wok, and cook on a medium heat until they start to soften.

Step 3

Add the diced chicken breast and cook until it starts to colour slightly.

Step 4

Add the peppers and baby corn and cook for a few minutes.

Step 5

Add the courgette and sugar snaps and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes.

Step 6

Pour in the orange juice, sweetener, rice vinegar, tomato puree and chopped tomatoes.

Step 7

Stir well, then add the stock. Stir again.

Step 8

Cook for about 20 minutes until it starts to thicken slightly.

Step 9

Add the cucumber, spring onions and soy sauce. Stir.

Step 10

Place 200ml of the sauce into a jug and whisk in the xanthan gum a 1/4 of a tsp at a time. You will need to whisk well – and keep whisking!

Step 11

Return the thickened sauce to the pan and stir will – it will thicken the sauce.

Step 12

Toss in the pineapple, stir and remove from the heat straight away.

Step 13

Serve with rice or noodles and a sprinkling of freshly chopped spring onions.

What could I serve alongside this Sweet and Sour Chicken?

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How do you know when this Sweet and Sour Chicken is cooked?

You should cook this Sweet and Sour Chicken until it has a thick and rich sauce – this will take around 25 minutes.

How long can you keep Sweet and Sour Chicken 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 Sweet and Sour Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe?

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 Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 4-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 6-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

We love a Chinese Fakeaway and our slimming friendly Sweet and Sour Chicken is sooo good when calorie counting or following Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 315
  • Carbs 20G
WW Points
  • 2 Green
  • 1 Blue
  • 1 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 chicken breasts diced
  • 3 small to medium peppers deseeded and diced. One of each colour
  • 8 baby corn chopped
  • 1 courgette diced
  • 1 handful sugar snap peas cut in half
  • ½ orange Juice only
  • 2 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 70 g tomato puree
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400 ml chicken stock
  • ¼ cucumber sliced
  • 4 spring onions chopped
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 handful fresh pineapple chopped
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Mist a decent sized wok with low calorie cooking spray
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the wok, and cook on a medium heat until they start to soften
  3. Add the diced chicken breast and cook until it starts to colour slightly
  4. Add the peppers and baby corn and cook for a few minutes
  5. Add the courgette and sugar snaps and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes
  6. Pour in the orange juice, sweetener, rice vinegar, tomato puree and chopped tomatoes
  7. Stir well, then add the stock. Stir again
  8. Cook for about 20 minutes until it starts to thicken slightly
  9. Add the cucumber, spring onions and soy sauce. Stir
  10. Place 200ml of the sauce into a jug and whisk in the xanthan gum a ¼ of a tsp at a time. You will need to whisk well - and keep whisking!
  11. Return the thickened sauce to the pan and stir will - it will thicken the sauce.
  12. Toss in the pineapple, stir and remove from the heat straight away
  13. Serve with rice or noodles and a sprinkling of freshly chopped spring onions

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TracyMonday 26th August 2019

Hi
Could you confirm the size of the tin of tomatoes please.
Many thanks

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    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019

    Hi Tracy,

    We use 400g tins ????

    Reply

Anne WalkerTuesday 14th May 2019

Can this dish be frozen?

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    Emma TThursday 20th June 2019

    Hi Anne,

    Yes, it should freeze well ????

    Reply

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