Sweet & Sour Chicken

Forget expensive takeaways and make your own Sweet & Sour Chicken.  Thank you to Dawn who’s shared this great sweet and sour chicken recipe.

Hi, my name is Dawn! I was born and raised in Hong Kong and moved to the UK when I was 16. With my parents being thousands of miles away, nice home-cooked Chinese food became very rarely available to me. This is what prompted me to get into cooking. I first learnt how to cook properly when I was at uni, through watching lots of YouTube videos and reading online recipes. During the first lockdown I decided to open an Instagram account @dawnscookingdiary to share my love for Chinese food and occasionally share some recipes. Feel free to go check it out for some food inspirations!

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  • 400g chicken thighs, chopped into 1inch pieces
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Groundnut oil/Vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsps Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Water

For the marinate:

  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Sauce:

  • 120ml Hot water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 3 tbsps rice wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar)

How to Make Sweet & Sour Chicken:

  1. Marinate the chicken with the ingredients listed above.
  2. While the chicken is marinating, mix the ingredients for the sauce together in a bowl
  3. Heat the wok with oil and add the chicken. Stir fry for 2mins or until golden brown.
  4. Add the onions and peppers, stir fry until soft.
  5. Add in the sauce and stir. Mix to cornstarch and water together and pour it in to thicken the sauce.
  6. Turn down the heat and give the sauce a quick taste – now is the time to add more salt, vinegar or sugar if desired.
  7. Serve with some light fluffy jasmine rice!

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