Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe

Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe

How To Make Chinese Lemon Chicken

Cook up a tangy plate of this scrumptious lemon chicken! It comes with a rich, sticky honey and lemon sauce for a more savory meal.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Marinate Time: 20 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



For Chicken:

  • 21ozchicken tenderloins,cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1egg,large
  • 2tbspsoy sauce
  • 2tbspChinese shaoxing wine,or white vinegar
  • ½cupcorn starch
  • ½cupvegetable oil,or canola oil

For Lemon Sauce:

  • 1tbspoil
  • 3tspgarlic,minced
  • 1tspginger,minced or finely grated
  • ½cupchicken stock,or broth
  • 2tbspsoy sauce
  • 4tbsplemon juice,from 1 lemon
  • 2tbspsugar
  • 2tbsphoney
  • salt,to taste
  • 2tspcorn starch,dissolved in 2 tbsp of water
  • 1tspsesame seeds,to garnish
  • green onions,thinly sliced, to garnish
  • lemon slices,to serve, optional



  1. In a large shallow bowl, whisk the egg, soy sauce, and wine.

  2. Add the in chicken, then mix well.

  3. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes while covered.

  4. Place the corn starch into a large baking tray.

  5. Pour the chicken and marinade into the corn starch.

  6. Coat then chicken pieces evenly, lightly pressing the corn starch around the chicken.

  7. Heat the oil in a large wok or pan over medium-high heat.

  8. When the oil is hot at 325 degrees F, shake off the excess corn starch and fry the chicken for in batches in a single layer.

  9. Fry the chicken for 5 to 6 minutes, turning half way during cooking, until golden and cooked through.

  10. Drain on a plate lined with paper towel.

  11. Discard the oil, then wipe the wok or pan over with a paper towel.

Lemon Sauce:

  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.

  2. Sauté the garlic and ginger for 30 seconds.

  3. Add the stock, soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, honey, and a pinch of salt.

  4. Whisk, then bring to a simmer until the sugar dissolves.

  5. Whisk the corn starch mixture into the simmering sauce, then stir until thickened.

  6. Toss chicken in the sauce for 2 minutes until evenly coated.

  7. Garnish with sesame seeds, green onions and lemon slices.

  8. Serve, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 844.00kcal
  • Fat: 56.85g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.44g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 32.74g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.23g
  • Carbohydrates: 57.20g
  • Fiber: 2.13g
  • Sugar: 16.46g
  • Protein: 25.74g
  • Cholesterol: 101.91mg
  • Sodium: 1611.36mg
  • Calcium: 54.22mg
  • Potassium: 477.56mg
  • Iron: 2.45mg
  • Vitamin A: 17.50µg
  • Vitamin C: 7.89mg
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