Actifry Sweet & Sour Chicken

by hintofhelen
Actifry Sweet Sour Chicken | Hint of Helen

Sweet and sour chicken in the Actifry is one of my go-to weekend dinners when I’m craving a ‘treat meal’.

Made with just one spoon of oil and fresh vegetables, this dish is much leaner than what you’d order from a take-away. And much quicker too! 

The sweetness of this dish comes from tinned pineapples and brown sugar – balanced out with soy, oyster and rice vinegar. 

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

I use shop-bought breaded chicken when I make this recipe usually. You could use chicken breast or thigh if you’d prefer.

This sticky sweet and sour dish is perfect topped with fresh spring onion on a bed of rice for a Chinese treat in less than 30 minutes! 

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

How to make Sweet & Sour Chicken in an Actifry

1. Add the chopped onion to the Actifry

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

2. Then add the chopped peppers

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

3. And the chicken

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

4. Pour over the oil

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

5. And cook for the time indicated on the chicken packet minus 4 minutes (e.g. my chicken said to cook in the oven for 13 minutes so I cooked it for 9 minutes here)

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

6. Whilst the chicken and vegetables are cooking mix together the cornflour, ketchup, oyster sauce, soy sauce and vinegar 

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

7. Stir to combine and create a smooth, thick paste

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

8. Once the timer goes off, add in the tin of pineapples

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

9. The garlic paste (or fresh crushed) 

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

10. The cornflour mixture

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

11. And the brown sugar

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

12. Close the lid and cook for 5-10 minutes – until the sauce has thickened around the chicken. 

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry           

13. At first the sauce will seem very thin but as it cooks it thickens. Make sure to check on it between 5 and 10 minutes to ensure the sauce doesn’t become too thick – I like mine sticky like this: 

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

Yield: 4 People

Actifry Sweet & Sour Chicken

Sweet sour Chicken Actifry

Enjoy a Chinese takeaway classic Sweet & Sour chicken by cooking it in your Actifry Air Cooker. Made with pineapples, peppers and onion.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 Pack of store-bought breaded or battered chicken (I use frozen southern fried chicken bites)
  • 1 Tin chopped pineapple
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Peppers
  • 2 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar (or caster if that's all you have in)
  • 1 Tsp Crushed Garlic


  • 2 Tbsp Light Soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 2 Heaped Tbsp Cornflour

To Serve (Optional)

  • Spring onion, rice


  1. Chop the peppers and onions into bite-sized pieces
  2. Add the chicken, peppers and onions to the Actifry and cook with the paddle in for the time indicated on the chicken packed minus 4 minutes (eg. my chicken said cook for 13 minutes so I cooked it for 9 minutes at this stage)
  3. Whilst the chicken is cooking, mix together the 'sauce' ingredients in a bowl until you form a thick, smooth paste
  4. Once the chicken has cooked, add the tin of pineapples and juices to the Actifry
  5. Then add the crushed garlic, sugar and sauce mixture
  6. Mix, then close the lid and cook for a further 5-10 minutes - until the sauce has thickened and chicken cooked through
  7. Serve topped with spring onions on a bed of rice


The sauce will seem thin to start but as it heats up it will thicken

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Elaine Holdsworth 31st January 2020 - 3:23 pm

Love your ActiFry recipes but why do you never put on the ActiFry cooking mode or temperature? I never know what setting to put it on so just go 200 🤷‍♀️

Helen 1st February 2020 - 9:23 am

Hi Elaine! Honestly, its because I didn’t realise you could/should change the temperature. Haha, I owned the original for 4 years which was just straight forward timings – so when I got my genius I continued just setting the timer and never thought about temp – I’d never adjusted so it was just on the default. I checked last night and my default temp (and therefore the temp I’ve done all my Actifry recipes without a mode) is 220C. I’ll work through and update this on my recipes in the coming month – thanks!

Karen 11th May 2020 - 11:01 pm

Hi, could I use white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar instead of rice vinegar? Thanks

Hint of Helen 13th May 2020 - 12:09 am

Hi Karen 🙂 white wine vinegar would be the closest substitute

Judy 11th January 2022 - 9:21 pm

What could be used instead of oyster sauce? Allergy concerns.

Judy 16th February 2022 - 12:43 am

This was delicious, and I just left out the Oyster Sauce. I love your website, too! It helps me to use my Acti Fry more. Thank you!


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