Lazy sweet & sour chicken

It’s the school holidays and my kids have been going to a daily sports camp ever since they broke up. The first week was a multi-sports camp. This week they’ve become little tennis stars. Despite the fact that C, my nine year old hasn’t picked up a tennis racket since he last went to tennis camp two years ago, he made it to the final today.

Try telling a nine year old boy that coming second is an amazing achievement as he weeps silently behind his sunglasses – heartbreaking!

Without the usual after-school activities, we’ve had lots of time together each afternoon. It’s not easy entertaining two boys with completely different interests, but who both want my individual attention.

I find that the only thing that unites them is food. They love eating in restaurants as long as the service is as fast as possible. Yo Sushi! is the ultimate treat, with the food going round on a conveyor belt, ready to be grabbed and inhaled as soon as they sit down. I have to remind them to take off their coats as they grab the first plate.

Out of boredom I think, C has started helping me out in the kitchen, offering to mix ingredients together or put the dishes away. This week, after a little research on Pinterest, I found a dish that we could cook together.

I’m sure it would have been easier to shop for the ingredients I was missing, but instead, being the lazy cook I am, I rummaged around at the back of the cupboard and made do with whatever substitutes I could find.

It turned out rather well.

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This Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe is incredibly simple to make and C prepared it almost single-handedly. An adult is needed to chop the chicken and make sure that anything which touches the raw meat is well and truly cleaned up. Apart from that, you can leave this one to the kids!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp flour mixed with breadcrumbs, or matzo meal
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or toasted sesame oil (your preference)
  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic or garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1.5 tbsp white wine vinegar.


Preheat the oven to 190 degrees centigrade. Cut the chicken into small pieces. Pour the flour and breadcrumbs (or flour and matzo meal) into a large freezer bag, add the raw chicken to the bag and give everything a good shake until the chicken is all coated with flour. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the chicken until it turns a light brown. I love sesame oil as it gives the meat a really rich flavour, but olive oil will do. Place the chicken pieces and oil from the frying pan in an oven proof dish and set to one side. Whisk all of the other ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Pour the sauce over the chicken, place the dish in the oven and cook for 25 minutes.

Serve with:

  • Sprinkling of sesame seeds
  • Rice
  • Green vegetable – kale, spinach or broccoli to cut through the sweetness of the sauce.
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