Chinese Lemon Chicken

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5 from 8 votes
This chinese lemon chicken recipe is universally loved. It is tender, juicy and the lemon kick is superb. It is a quick, easy versatile recipe.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
white bowl filled with rice and topped with Lemon Chiicken.

This Chinese lemon chicken recipe is universally loved. It is tender, juicy and the lemon kick is superb. It is a quick, easy versatile recipe.

white bowl filled with rice and topped with Lemon Chiicken.

The Chinese lemon chicken recipe, takes only a few ingredients and very little time to produce. This recipe will be one that you can use in so many different ways.

What makes lemon and chicken such a perfect fit? Find out more here.


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What makes this recipe great? Tangy,crispy, chicken that is perfection.

  • 30 Minute Meal: This is the perfect light, summer meal.
  • Easy Ingredients: All easy ingredients that you have on hand.
  • Family Friendly: It is just so tasty and good your family can not help but love it.
  • Adaptable: Can make it so many ways and in so many things.
Side view of a bowl of lemon chicken. With a piece on chop sticks.

What You Need to Make Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • chicken breasts
  • eggs
  • flour
  • cornstarch
  • green onion
  • sesame seeds
  • lemon juice
  • water
  • sugar
  • Lemon zest

Equipment

How to Make Lemon Chicken – Step by Step

Chicken being coating, chicken after frying and finished chicken in a bowl.
  • Coat Chicken: First, beat the eggs and pour over chicken to soak.
  • Heat: Second, in a frying pan. Pour about 1” of oil and bring to medium high heat.
  • Coat: In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and cornstarch and then coat each piece of chicken in the flour mixture and then place in hot oil to fry.
  • Cook: Once chicken pieces are golden brown, remove form oil and place on paper towels to dry.
  • Sauce:  Next, in a saucepan, mix lemon juice, water, sugar and zest from one lemon. Bring to a boil while stirring and then remove from heat.
  • Pour:  Finally, pour sauce over chicken pieces until all are coated.

Common Questions About Lemon Chicken

SUBSTITUTE CHICKEN THIGHS?

Of course, I love the flavor of this marinade on boneless skinless chicken thighs.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed make as much or as little as you need. However, the leftovers are fantastic so make a little extra.

RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Sure, it really comes together quick but can be great reheated.

WHAT TO SERVE WITHTHIS CHINESE LEMON CHICKEN RECIPE?

>Sticky rice
>Easy Sesame Noodles
>Parmesan Cauliflower Rice
>Asian Slaw

HOW DO I STORE CHINESE LEMON CHICKEN?

It is best stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Picture of lemon chicken from the top.

Expert Tips for Making Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe

  • Add Heat: It is wonderful to add a hint of heat to this chicken. Try a little red pepper flake.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to use the pre cut chicken tenders for this recipe.
  • Variation tip: Serve this chicken over a salad on a warm summer day.
  • Alternate ingredient: Vegetarian? Use tofu for this recipe.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The air fryer is a wonderful way to cook Chinese Lemon chicken recipe. Put the air fryer on 350 and cook for about 20 minutes.

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white bowl filled with rice and topped with Lemon Chiicken.
5 from 8 votes

Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
This chinese lemon chicken recipe is universally loved. It is tender, juicy and the lemon kick is superb. It is a quick, easy versatile recipe.
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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts , cut into 2” cubes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Sauce
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Lemon zest , to taste

Instructions

  • Beat the eggs and pour over chicken to soak.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and cornstarch.
  • In a frying pan. Pour about 1” of oil and bring to medium high heat.
  • Coat each piece of chicken in the flour mixture and then place in hot oil to fry. Repeat for all chicken
  • Once chicken pieces are golden brown, remove form oil and place on paper towels to dry.
  • In a saucepan, mix lemon juice, water, sugar and zest from one lemon. Bring to a boil while stirring and then remove from heat.
  • Pour sauce over chicken pieces until all are coated.
  • Serve with rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.

Expert Tips

  • Add Heat: It is wonderful to add a hint of heat to this chicken. Try a little red pepper flake.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to use the pre cut chicken tenders for this recipe.
  • Variation tip: Serve this chicken over a salad on a warm summer day.
  • Alternate ingredient: Vegetarian? Use tofu for this recipe.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The air fryer is a wonderful way to cook Lemon chicken. Put the air fryer on 350 and cook for about 20 minutes.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 1544kcal | Carbohydrates: 183g | Protein: 122g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 780mg | Sodium: 726mg | Potassium: 2092mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 69g | Vitamin A: 885IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 273mg | Iron: 10mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: 30 minute meal


This recipe is my personal adaptation of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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2 thoughts on “Chinese Lemon Chicken”

  1. 5 stars
    Well yum! I had no idea that it was so easy to make this yummy take out favorite at home! This yummy Lemon Chicken is my new favorite.

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  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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