Sweet & sour chicken

Try an authentic version of this classic Chinese takeaway dish, with natural sweetness and a warm chilli flavour to spice things up

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  • Prep
    20 mins
  • Cook
    45 mins
  • Serve in
    65 mins


  •   sunflower or vegetable oil, for frying
  •   100ml soda water, chilled
  •   140g self-raising flour
  •   25g cornflour
  •   4 skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  •   spring onions Spring onion sp-ring un-yun Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested… , finely shredded, to serve
  •   1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped into chunks
  •   3 red chillies, 1 cut into chunks, 2 halved and deseeded
  •   425g can pineapple Pineapple pine-ap-pel With its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple… chunks, drained and juice reserved
  •   4 star anise Star anise star an-eese Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…
  •   50g tamarind Tamarind tam-ah-rin-d A seed pod from the tamarind tree that is used extensively in South-East Asian and Indian… paste
  •   100g caster sugar
  •   100ml rice wine vinegar or Chinese vinegar


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