5 from 1 vote

Chinese Lemon Chicken (Asian Lemon Chicken)

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
This easy Chinese lemon chicken recipe requires simple ingredients. It's sweet and tangy and served with rice or noodles. Cheaper than Chinese takeout too.
Servings: 4 Servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Calories: 752 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz


  • pounds Chicken Boneless, Cut into small 2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper To taste
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg Large
  • 1 cup Vegetable oil For frying
Chicken Lemon Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Peanut oil or sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp Ginger Finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic Finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Soy sauce Low sodium
  • ¼ cup Chicken broth Or water
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • cup Pineapple juice
  • cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Lemon pepper
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • Juice of 2 large lemons
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest
  • Salt To taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Cornstarch
  • Yellow food coloring Optional
  • Green onions Thinly sliced
  • Lemon slices Thinly sliced


  1. Start off by cutting into small cubes and patting it dry with paper towels.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together the flour, salt and pepper.

  3. In another mixing bowl, mix together the milk and egg.
  4. Now, roll each chicken piece in the flour mixture, then dip it in milk mixture and then then roll it in the flour mixture again.
  5. Fry the chicken pieces in oil until golden brown. Place them on a tray lined with paper towels.
  6. Prepare the Chinese lemon sauce now. In a non-stick saucepan, heat the oil on medium heat and then saute the ginger and garlic until golden brown.
  7. Add soy sauce, broth or water, honey, pineapple juice, brown sugar, lemon pepper, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt. Mix everything and bring to a boil. Then, let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, while constantly mixing.
  8. Remove saucepan from heat. Add cornstarch and yellow food coloring (optional) and whisk everything together.
  9. Add the fried chicken pieces in this sauce and mix until all the pieces are coated.
  10. Garnish with green onions and lemon slices and serve immediately with rice or noodles.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Lemon Chicken (Asian Lemon Chicken)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 752 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 174mg58%
Sodium 1032mg43%
Potassium 555mg16%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.