Slimming World's sweet and sour chicken recipe

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Slimming World's sweet and sour chicken is a healthy version of one of our absolute favourite Chinese takeaway dishes, and it's ready in just 30 minutes.

Slimming World's sweet and sour chicken in a bowl, close up
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  • healthy
  • Low-fat
  • Slimming World
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Five A DayTwo
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories307 Kcal15%
Sugar15.1 g17%
Fat2.7 g4%
Saturated Fat0.8 g4%
Salt4.2 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein51.0 g102%
Carbohydrates20.5 g8%
Salt4.2 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Slimming World's sweet and sour chicken recipe comes in at just 307 calories per serving, but it tastes as good as the takeaway version.

For those days when you're dying for a takeaway but you don't want to wreck your diet, this is our go-to option. And we're not alone - this is one of our most popular Slimming World recipes. Don't be put off by the number of ingredients in the sauce - most of them are store cupboard staples, and they're all easily available in supermarkets. For the sweet tanginess, the recipe includes fresh pineapple. Don't swap for tinned if possible, because tinned will be in a syrup that ups the calorie count. If you don't want to buy and prep a whole pineapple, look in the food-to-go section when you can usually fine pre-prepared fruit.


  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 800g skinless and boneless chicken thighs, sliced thinly
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced, plus extra to garnish
  • 1 green pepper and 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 200g fresh pineapple, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 6 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened orange juice
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 1-2 tsp sweetener
  • 1 level tbsp cornflour




  1. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl until the cornflour is thoroughly blended. Set aside.
  2. Spray a wok or deep frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat. When it is very hot, add the chicken and stir-fry for 6-7 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Add the garlic, spring onions and peppers and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the sauce into the pan and stir continuously for 1 minute until it thickens. The chicken and vegetables should be well coated with the sauce.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the pineapple, season with salt and garnish with spring onions. Serve with lots of noodles.

Tips for making Slimming World's sweet and sour chicken

For extra crunch, add a few cashews into the dish along with the pineapple. These can form part of your 'healthy extra b' choices on the Slimming World plan.

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