Classic Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken

Classic Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken


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A dish that never fails to please. Chicken is stir-fried with onions and garlic, before being simmered in a delectable sweet and sour sauce. Serve with white rice.


Serves: 4 

  • Marinade
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 450g chicken, cut into chunks
  • Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 dessertspoon soy sauce
  • 1 dessertspoon HP original sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 medium onion, finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:20min marinating  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Make the marinade by mixing together the sugar, salt, soy sauce and cornflour slurry. Mix in the chicken, let marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, sugar, water, soy sauce and HP sauce to make the sauce. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large frying pan with 1 tablespoon oil over high heat. Fry the chicken until evenly browned and nearly cooked, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
  4. In the same frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high heat. Stir fry the garlic until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add the onion with salt and cook until soft, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the chicken and sauce, allow to heat through, 2-3 minutes. Serve hot.

Cook's note

If you like your sauce a little thicker, add a little bit of cornflour and water to the sauce at the end.

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Thank you for sharing this quick and easy meal, this will become a regular in out household. I did, however, find it to be extremely salty. (After consuming this dish I went for a swim in the Dead Sea and sunk). The Worcester and soy sauces should be enough alone IMHO. - 12 Apr 2014

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