Enjoy the delicious flavours of Chinese takeout without sacrificing your healthy lifestyle when you make this sweet and sour chicken recipe from Slimming World. Not only is this healthy take on the traditional dish easy to make—it only takes thirty minutes—but each serving only has 307 calories. Become one of the many people who have adopted this recipe as their go-to choice for sating cravings without ruining their diet—Slimming World devotees swear by it.
Don’t be alarmed by the seemingly long list of ingredients for the sauce—the majority are store-bought pantry staples. The fresh pineapple adds just the right amount of sweetness and tanginess. Choose fresh over canned to cut down on calories from needless syrup. Check out the convenient pre-prepared fruit options in the food-to-go section of your supermarket if handling a whole pineapple intimidates you.
800g thinly sliced skinless and boneless chicken thighs
low-calorie cooking spray
One clove of peeled and crushed garlic
Four spring onions, thinly sliced, plus one extra for decoration
One red pepper and one green pepper peeled and chopped into pieces
200g of freshly cut pineapple, in small pieces
For the Sauce:
One tablespoon of white vinegar
6 tablespoons light soy sauce
Tbsp of tomato puree
1-tablespoon rice vinegar
6 tsp orange juice, unsweetened
100 ml of chicken stock
1-2 tsp of sugar
One tablespoon of cornflour
Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl until the cornflour is completely mixed in. Put away.
Apply low-calorie cooking spray to a wok or deep fry pan and place it over high heat. Cook the chicken thoroughly by stirring-frying it for 6–7 minutes.
Stir-fry the peppers, garlic, and spring onions for a further two minutes.
Add the sauce to the pan and stir constantly for a minute or so, or until the sauce thickens. Make sure the veggies and chicken are thoroughly coated.
Take off the heat, mix in the pineapple, add some salt, and top with some spring onions. Over a large serving of noodles, serve.
To add even more crunch, mix in some cashews with the pineapple. These can be counted toward your “healthy extra B” choices on the Slimming World plan.