While the super thick batter and radioactive-looking sauce from the sweet and聽sour chicken you get from most takeout restaurants may still draw us in on occasion (it鈥檚 bad but it鈥檚 so GOOOOD), we know we can鈥檛 eat like that every night. We probably shouldn鈥檛 even eat like that every weekend (even if we鈥檙e packing our weekend with gym sessions or outside-the-gym cardio activities).聽So today we鈥檙e sharing a lightened up version that鈥檚 quick and easy to make at home.

Don鈥檛 worry, we鈥檙e not going too far by suggesting you replace the chicken with tofu and the sauce with hand-pressed organic pineapple juice. This recipe still boasts a little naughtiness with ketchup, brown sugar and canned pineapple (check out these other pineapple recipes聽if you鈥檙e a fan). But it鈥檚 still way better than the takeout version. Plus, you can add in loads of extra veg if you like. Snow peas, broccoli, bok choy or whatever you鈥檝e got on hand can be thrown in. All it takes is 25 minutes and one pan (excluding the rice of course), and you can have dinner on the table that feels like a treat after a long day at the office.聽If you like this, check out more healthier takeout swaps that you can make at home.

25 minute sweet and sour chicken!

Ingredients:
Serves 4

鈥斅2聽chicken filets, diced

鈥斅1 Tablespoon cornstarch

鈥斅犅 teaspoon salt

鈥斅犅 teaspoon pepper

鈥斅2 Tablespoons聽vegetable oil

Vegetables and sauce:

鈥斅1 brown onion, peeled and chopped

鈥斅1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped

鈥斅1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped

鈥斅2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped/crushed

鈥斅1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and minced

鈥斅9 Tablespoons tomato ketchup

鈥斅3 Tablespoons malt vinegar

鈥斅5 Tablespoons dark brown muscovado sugar

鈥 15.25 ounce聽can of pineapple chunks in juice

To Serve:

鈥 boiled rice or noodles

鈥 chopped scallions

25 minute sweet and sour chicken ingredients

Instructions:

1. Place the chicken on a plate and add the cornstarch, salt and pepper. Mix together using your hands to coat the chicken. Heat the oil聽on high聽in a large skillet, then fry the chicken for 6-8 minutes until browned. The cornstarch gives the chicken a very light coating and will also help the sauce thicken later.

2. Add the onions, peppers, garlic and ginger to the pan. Fry for 2-3 minutes (you want the vegetables to remain聽a little crunchy). Add the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and canned pineapple (including the juice). Bring to a聽boil, then gently simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.

3. Serve over boiled rice and top with chopped scallions.

25 minute sweet and sour chicken Step collage

Place the chicken on a plate and add the cornstarch, salt and pepper. Mix together using your hands to coat the chicken.

25 minute sweet and sour chicken step 2 collage

Heat the oil聽on high聽in a large skillet, then fry the chicken for 6-8 minutes until browned.聽Add the onions, peppers, garlic and ginger to the pan. Fry for 2-3 minutes (you want the vegetables to stay聽a little crunchy). Add the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and canned pineapple (including the juice). Bring to a聽boil, then gently simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.

25 minute sweet and sour chicken!

Serve over boiled rice and top with chopped scallions.

25 minute sweet and sour chicken!

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