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Low FODMAP Sweet & Sour Chicken

Does coming home feel like a sprint from the front door to the kitchen? Try this low FODMAP sweet and sour chicken. Ready in 25 minutes, this recipe will keep your taste buds and your tummy happy, no running shoes required.

Low FODMAP Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice on plate

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This cheeky little stir-fry gets its pizzaz from a combination of fresh pineapple and ginger. I normally serve it on white rice and call it a day. This recipe is a no-brainer if you need a mouth-watering dinner but you’re crunched for time.

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Keep It FODMAP Friendly

This tasty low FODMAP sweet and sour chicken will wake up your taste buds. Check out the notes below for information on keeping this awesome dish FODMAP friendly.

First up, cornstarch. According to the Monash app, cornstarch is safe in portions of 2/3 of a cup. We’ll be using 4 tsp, which is within the recommended range.

Next up is ketchup. While tomatoes themselves are normally low FODMAP (with a few exceptions), companies tend to add high FODMAP ingredients to their products. Look out for ketchup sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or glucose-fructose. And, as always, keep an eye out for added onion and garlic. These might be labeled as “seasonings” or “natural flavours” on some products. If you can’t find a low FODMAP ketchup at your local store,   you can order one online from a FODMAP-friendly company like Fody foods Co.

This recipe also uses soy sauce. Since most soy sauces contain wheat, you’ll need a gluten-free soy sauce or a tamari sauce. Try your best to find a “low-sodium” soy sauce or your final dish may turn out too salty.

Last but not least is pineapple. Monash recommends limiting pineapple to 1 cup per sitting as servings of 1.5 cups or more are high in fructans. This recipe uses 1.5 cups of fresh pineapple for 4 servings, so you’ll be fine as long as you don’t eat the whole recipe yourself. Trust me, it will take all of your willpower.

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Whose Side Are You On?

I like to serve this recipe on plain white rice. If you need to add a few more bites to your dish you can try adding 1 cup of steamed edamame beans, half a cup of steamed broccoli heads, or a small salad.

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Low FODMAP Sweet and Sour Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Shake up your next meal with this low FODMAP sweet and sour chicken! This combination of fresh pineapple and ginger will wake up your taste buds without hurting your tummy! 

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 446 kcal
Author: The FODMAP Formula
What You Need
  • 2 lg egg whites
  • 4 tsp cornstarch (divided)
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (boneless, skinless, cut into 1" pieces)
  • 6 tbsp low FODMAP ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil (divided)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut into 1" pieces)
  • 1.5 cups fresh pineapple (cut into chunks)
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 3 green onions, green parts only (cut into 1" pieces)
  • 3/8 tsp kosher salt
  • rice or low FODMAP noodles for serving
What You Do
  1. Combine egg whites with 1 tbsp of cornstarch in a large bowl. Add chicken to the bowl and toss it until each piece is coated. 

  2. Combine the rest of the cornstarch, ketchup, water, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce in a second bowl. 

  3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick frying pan on medium-high. Add the bell peppers to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the pineapple, ginger, and green onions to the pan. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring consistently. Transfer to plate and set aside.

  4. Add remaining oil to the pan. Then add the chicken (allowing any excess egg whites to drip back into the bowl before transferring it to the pan). Cook the chicken for 6 minutes (or until the chicken is browned and cooked through). Then add your bell pepper mixture and your ketchup mixture to the frying pan and bring it to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for one minute to thicken up, then sprinkle with salt and serve immediately on rice or low FODMAP noodles. 


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