When it gets to the end of a busy week it can be hard to muster up the energy to get creative in the kitchen and so a takeaway tends to be the easy option. But if you’re trying to watch the pennies or be a little healthier, this quick and easy Sweet and Sour Chicken with Broccoli is just as tasty and far kinder on the waistline and pocket, plus its on the table in 15 minutes, winner winner chicken dinner (also works well with tofu).
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 10 mins
For the Sweet and Sour sauce
- 200g granulated sugar
- 125ml apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
- 2 tablespoons low-salt soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
- 3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
For the chicken
- 500g boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- Salt and pepper
- 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus more if necessary
- 2 spring onions
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted, optional for garnishing
- Head of Broccoli broken into florets or 200g
To make the sauce
Put the sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and garlic into a medium saucepan. Whisk to combine and bring to a boil over a medium-high heat.
In a separate bowl, add the water and cornstarch and stir to combine.
Add the water and cornstarch mixture to the saucepan, reduce heat to low, and allow the sauce to simmer for about 5 minutes while you prepare the chicken; whisking intermittently.
To prepare the chicken
In a large bowl mix the cornstarch with salt and pepper to season. Add the chicken and mix to coat the chicken pieces evenly.
Heat a large frying pan or wok and add 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil. Add the chicken and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until chicken has cooked through. If needed add extra oil whilst cooking to ensure the chicken does not stick.
Once the chicken has cooked though, reduce heat to low, add the sauce and stir to coat evenly. Leave to simmer for a minute or two.
Serve with steamed broccoli and rice and garnish with sliced spring onions and toasted sesame seeds. For an extra kick, add finely chopped fresh chilli.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
A good aromatic white wine like a Sauvignon Blanc goes perfectly with the tangy, sweetness of the Sweet and Sour sauce. Cloudy Bay is one of New Zealand’s best known wines and that’s largely because of how good this Sauvignon Blanc is.