RECIPE: Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls

Sweet and sour chicken in batter

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Although it can be easy to focus on the negative effects of lockdown, there have been a few positives for me. One of mine has been having more time to cook and experiment with recipes. My latest venture was making sweet and sour chicken balls exactly like you can get from the Chinese takeaway, and if I do say so myself, they are pretty close.


2 x chicken breasts

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp self-raising flour

200g self-raising flour for the batter

200ml of water

1 litre of cooking oil


  1. Cut the chicken breasts into 2cm wide strips (a very sharp knife is advisable).
  2. Coat the chicken strips in salt and pepper to your taste, and then the 1 tbsp of flour.
  3. Mix the 200g of self-raising flour and the 200ml of water together. Leave the mixture for around 15 minutes for the flour to raise.
  4. While the batter is given time to breath, pour the oil into a large pan. I personally use a wok, but I use a wok for everything.
  5. Once the oil is hot, coat each chicken piece in the batter and drop it in the hot oil. The chicken should be cooked in around 8 minutes.

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3 responses to “RECIPE: Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls”

  1. You know I’m giving this a go at the weekend my go to dish at the Chinese but been skint has meant I haven’t been able to treat myself 😍😍


  2. Ahh that’s so lovely that you’ve had more time to cook! We’ve tried out deliveries and subscriptions from lots of smaller and local brands which has been nice, bringing the restaurant to our home! We now have a big list of things we want to recreate ourselves. Love the look of these!


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