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Simple Chinese Lemon Chicken

By: Abeer from
Updated January 12, 2018
Simple Chinese Lemon Chicken
Simple Chinese Lemon Chicken

If your usual weeknight chicken dishes are getting a little boring, add some zest to your routine with this Simple Chinese Lemon Chicken. This delicious recipe is an ideal one for beginner cooks who want to try their hand at Chinese cooking. This is a simple meal that packs a bold flavor punch. The fresh, tangy flavors of this dish are sure to brighten up your dinner table. We love serving this chicken with white rice and some fresh steamed broccoli. It is healthy and homemade, but it tastes just like take-out! What’s not to love?

Serves3 People

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time20 min


Total Timeunder 1 hour

Recipe CourseMain Course


  • For the Chicken:
  • 1 pound boneless chicken (cut into small 2 inch cubes)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying)
  • For the Chinese Lemon Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Juice of 2 large lemons
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Few drops of yellow food coloring (optional)
  • For the Garnish:
  • Green onions (thinly sliced)
  • Lemon slices (thinly sliced)

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I'm a big fan of orange chicken but have actually never heard of Chinese lemon chicken before! It definitely sounds refreshing and delicious but I always find that Chinese sauces taste better and have a better consistency when bought from a Chinese restaurant. They always have so many ingredients but I think this recipe may still be worth the try!


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