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Easy Homemade Sweet And Sour Chicken Cantonese Style

Have you ever wished you could make your favourite takeaway dish at home, without all the fuss? Well, now you can – with this easy sweet and sour chicken recipe! You’ll love the Cantonese-style flavours, and it’s so much cheaper and healthier than takeout and tastes just like a Chinese takeaway!. Plus, it’s really simple to make – perfect for a quick, easy weeknight dinner. Give it a try tonight!

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Hong Kong Takeaway Style

I remember the first time I had sweet and sour chicken from a Chinese restaurant. I was instantly hooked. The combination of sweet and sour sauce with tender chicken and crispy vegetables was irresistible. And ever since then, it’s been one of my favourite meals to order when eating out. But why settle for takeaway when you can easily make your own sweet and sour chicken at home?

This homemade version is even better than takeout and is pretty simple to make. Plus, you can control the amount of sugar in the sauce, so it’s not overly sweet like some sweet and sour sauces can be. Give it a try next time you’re in the mood for Chinese food – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Not into sweet and sour? Try my Chicken Chow Mein or Orange Chicken recipe.

What is Cantonese sweet and sour chicken?

Cantonese sweet and sour chicken is a popular dish made with chicken, vegetables, and a sweet and sour sauce. It is often served over rice or noodles. The chicken pieces are coated in a light crispy batter that makes the chicken even tastier.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Batter

Sweet and sour chicken is a dish that originates in Hong Kong. The chicken is coated in cornflour, which gives it a crispy coating and the sweet and sour sauce is made with vinegar, sugar, and tomato sauce.

The chicken is coated in cornflour before being fried. The result is a delicious golden-brown crispy coating on the outside and tender chicken on the inside. This dish is perfect for any occasion, and your guests will be impressed by your culinary skills! So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

Vegetables to use for sweet and sour chicken

Some popular vegetables that are used in sweet and sour chicken dishes include bell peppers, onions, pineapple, and carrots.

Other vegetables you could add can be:

Broccoli, chopped into florets

Courgettes (I used 1 courgette in this recipe)

Green Beans

Cauliflower

Mushrooms

You can also use other vegetables that you like or have on hand. Just be sure to cut them into bite-sized pieces so that they cook evenly.

What to serve with Cantonese chicken takeaway

This recipe is typically served with fried rice, but you can also serve it with noodles or vegetables. If you want to lighten up the dish, you can serve it over a bed of lettuce. It’s also good with a side of steamed broccoli or other vegetables.

Ingredients

For up to 8 servings, you will need:

  • 800 g Chicken Breast diced
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 160 g Cornflour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp White Pepper
  • 2 Egg beaten
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 4 Pineapple rings diced, and the juice
  • 300 ml Water
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 6 tbsp Ketchup
  • 6tbsp Vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Cornflour mixed with 4 tbsp water

How to make easy sweet and sour chicken Cantonese takeaway recipe

  • In a bowl, add the chicken, salt, pepper and the beaten egg. Mix through.
  • Coat a plate with cornflour and coat each piece of chicken.
  • Heat the oil in a pan to medium to high heat. When the oil is hot, fry the chicken for about 3 minutes until golden. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, add the water, sugar, ketchup, vinegar and pineapple juice and mix together. Transfer to a pan and heat for 2 minutes. Add the cornflour mixture and cook until it starts to thicken.
  • In a clean frying pan, fry the onions, peppers and pineapple chunks until heated through (about 2 minutes). Add the chicken and sauce and mix through before serving. Enjoy with rice or noodles.
homemade sweet and sour chicken Cantonese style

Storage

All takeaways should be eaten straight away, but if you do have some leftovers from this recipe, store them in an air-tight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days.

More Chinese takeaway recipes

King Prawn Fried Rice

Chicken Chow Mein

Sweet and Sour Fish

sweet and sour chicken recipe uk

Homemade Sweet And Sour Chicken Cantonese Takeaway Style

Rachel
Copycat Cantonese sweet and sour chicken homemade takeaway. Super tasty!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8
Calories 330 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 800 g Chicken Breast (diced)
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 160 g Cornflour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp White Pepper
  • 2 Egg (beaten)
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 4 Pineapple rings (diced and the juice)
  • 300 ml Water
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 6 tbsp Ketchup
  • 6 tbsp Vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Cornflour (mixed with 4 tbsp water)

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, add the chicken, salt, pepper and the beaten egg. Mix through.
  • Coat a plate with cornflour and coat each piece of chicken.
  • Heat the oil in a pan to high heat. When the oil is hot, fry the chicken for about 3 minutes until golden. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, add the water, sugar, ketchup, vinegar and pineapple juice and mix together. Transfer to a pan and heat for 2 minutes. Add the cornflour mixture and cook until it starts to thicken. If it gets too thick just add some hot boiled water.
  • In a clean frying pan, fry the onions, peppers and pineapple chunks until heated through (about 2 minutes). Add the chicken and sauce and mix through before serving. Enjoy with rice or noodles.
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Nutrition

Calories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 23gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 531mgPotassium: 531mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 682IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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