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Sweet and Sour Turkey

This recipe was given to me by a friend, years ago before I started blogging and I didn’t think back then to ask her where she got this recipe from.

Until today this is one of my favourite recipes and it’s one of those meals that you feel that you don’t need a dessert afterwards 🙂

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: about 1:30 hours
Serves: 5 – 6

  • 1 kilo turkey breast, cut into small pieces
  • 1 can (330 ml) beer

Salsa (sauce)

  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups bell peppers yellow, red and green
  • 1 tinned pineapple 300 gr., together with syrup, each slice cut in six pieces
  • 3 – 4 carrots, grated
  • The juice of about 4 – 5 oranges (1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pummaro (500 grams) tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

For thickening

  • 1 tablespoon corn flour (optional)
  • ¼ cup milk (optional)


  1. In a saucepan heat half the olive oil and sauté the onion. Add the bell peppers, the carrots, the pineapple, as well as the pineapple juice, the orange juice, the honey, the vinegar, the tomato and tomato paste, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  2. In a bigger saucepan heat the remaining olive oil and sauté the turkey on all sides.
  3. Pour the beer and wait until alcohol evaporates and then add the sauce (no additional water is necessary).
  4. Cook for about 1 – 1 ½ hours until the turkey is tender and the sauce is thick.
  5. If the sauce needs thickening stir the corn flour ( corn starch) with the milk and add, stirring for a couple of minutes.
  6. Serve with Rice Pilaf.

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22 Responses

  1. That looks scrumptious! I love sweet & sour dishes!

    Cheers and have a nice Sunday,


  2. Du sucré, salé, un de nos plats préférés

  3. ahhh … sweet and sour dish is great! It tastes even better using pineapple. You must try the gravy using seafood. It’s even better as it cuts down fishy taste. Don’t forget to keep the pineapple skin if you are using fresh pineapple for Pineapple Fried Rice.

  4. People eat here alot of turkey … whichis I guess healthy for you! I love sweet and sour chicken so I can imagine turkey version is also great! Love the colours in the pic Ivy as usual your dishes look so apetitizing!

  5. I would never have thought of using turkey in a sweet and sour dish but it is such a great idea! 🙂

  6. Wow, looks great. I can use this after thanksgiving!

  7. I love sweet and sour flavours and this turkey dish looks so yumm.

  8. Another delicious meal Ivy!

  9. Liz

    I love asian inspired food. This is also pretty healthy too. That is if you don’t eat it all yourself!

  10. Ivy, mon amie, j’adore le sucré/salé.
    Je prends note de ta recette.
    A bientôt.

  11. Sounds so flavorful Ivy. Would love to try it … a light yet filling meal.

  12. A wonderful dish, hint of the tropics with the pineapple. Nice to see turkey more prevalent in the Greek markets.

  13. Pare gustoasa tocanita, iar carnea e bine facuta..felicitari pentru reteta.

  14. Ivy, thanks for the email and the screenshot. I haven’t figured the problem out. I think it might be time for me to change another template.
    Sweet and sour sauce is like a magic sauce…works not only with poultry, beef, but also with seafood.

  15. YUM!! This looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never had sweet & sour w/ turkey before. Love the beer in there, too 😀

  16. Excellent recipe! I never get turkey other than on Thanksgiving because I don’t know what to do with it other than roast it, and this sweet & sour turkey looks so wonderful, I’m definitely looking forward to trying it!

  17. I love turkey–what a great combination of flavors and ingredients.

  18. This looks like something I’ve been missing in my life! I’ll have to try it…looks delicious!

  19. Looks delicious & nice presentation!

  20. I love sweet & sour dishes!And this one looks really delicious!What about substituting wine vinegar with balsamico? Or will it end up to be too sweet?

  21. I love sweet and sour dishes…your version with turkey sounds delicious!

  22. Ivy

    Constantina, I have never tried it with balsamic vinegar so I am not sure how it will affect the taste.