Chinese Lemon Chicken
This Chinese lemon chicken is crispy battered chicken breast pieces smothered in a sweet and tangy lemon sauce. A remake of the take out classic that tastes just as good as what you'd get in a restaurant!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
- 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- oil for frying canola or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Place the eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir to combine.
Place the flour and 1/2 cup of cornstarch in a shallow bowl or on a plate. Stir to combine.
Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then into the flour. Repeat the process with all of the chicken.
Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep pan to 350 degrees F.
Add 7-8 pieces of chicken to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Repeat the process with the remaining chicken.
Drain the chicken on paper towels.
While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce. Place the lemon juice, sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the lemon juice mixture.
Bring the sauce to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
Toss the lemon sauce with the chicken. Stir in the lemon zest. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, then serve immediately.
Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 471mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2.3% | Vitamin C: 11.2% | Calcium: 2% | Iron: 7.6%