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Sweet and Sour Chicken – Dutch Oven

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1.3kg Chicken Breast chopped into bitesized chunks
700g Carrots chopped finely
2 tbsp Olive Oil
300g Mushrooms quartered
2 Onion chopped roughly
150ml Soy Sauce
450g Tomato Ketchup (about a whole small bottle)
85g White Wine Vinegar
2 tins Tinned Pineapple Chunks
2 Green Bell Peppers chopped roughly
5 Tbsp Corn Flour
2 Tsp Chilli Flakes

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Sweet and Sour Chicken – Dutch Oven


    Group serving of sweet and sour chicken cooked in the dutch oven

    • 55mins
    • Serves 12
    • Medium




    Taking away a bunch of Venture Scouts can be challenging, but a well fed Venture Scout is a happy Venture Scout! Sweet and Sour Chicken was the answer! We visited Castlewellan Forest Park in County Down, N. Ireland for the last of our outdoor camps this year. For our new recruits this would be their first camp with us so we wanted them to be fed well with ‘proper’ camp food.

    Overlooking the Mourne Mountains at Castlewellan Forest Park

    The sweet and sour chicken was to be our Saturday evening dinner cooked inside dutch ovens, which are great for cooking for large groups. This unfortunately meant that it was quite dark so the photos are poor!


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    Prepping Ingredients

    Slice chicken breast into chunks. Also slice carrots, mushrooms, onions and peppers.


    Stir Fry

    Stir fry the chicken and the carrots until cooked through. Then add the onions and mushrooms. When the mushrooms have cooked through and are tender add enough water to cover the bottom of the dutch oven.



    Add the soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar and pineapple juice (not the chunks just yet). Stir together and bring to boil. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes using 25 - 30 charcoals under the dutch oven. Cook until the sauce is a dark burnt orange colour. Add the pepper, chilli flakes and corn flour to thicken to desired consistency (we used about 5 tablespoons). Remove from heat and stir in the pineapple chunks. Recommended to serve over boiled or egg fried rice.



    Save a portion of this Sweet and Sour Chicken for yourself before calling the hungry scouts! ;)

    Mark G

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