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.
1½poundsChickenBoneless, Cut into small 2 inch cubes
Salt and pepper To taste
1cupVegetable oilFor frying
Chicken Lemon Sauce
2tbspPeanut oil or sesame oil
¼cupSoy sauceLow sodium
¼cupChicken broth Or water
Juice of 2 large lemons
Yellow food coloringOptional
Green onionsThinly sliced
Lemon slicesThinly sliced
Start off by cutting into small cubes and patting it dry with paper towels.
In a mixing bowl, mix together the flour, salt and pepper.
In another mixing bowl, mix together the milk and egg.
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.
Fry the chicken pieces in oil until golden brown. Place them on a tray lined with paper towels.
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.
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.
Remove saucepan from heat. Add cornstarch and yellow food coloring (optional) and whisk everything together.
Add the fried chicken pieces in this sauce and mix until all the pieces are coated.
Garnish with green onions and lemon slices and serve immediately with rice or noodles.
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Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days and can be reheated in the microwave. However, leftovers will never taste as good as the fresh version.
Chinese Lemon Chicken (Asian Lemon Chicken)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 752Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.