Chinese Lemon Chicken

Servings: 2
Cuisine: Chinese
Course: Appetizer: – Main Course
Time: 30 minutes
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Crispy and juicy chicken pieces in a sweet and tangy lemon sauce. The ever-popular Chinese Lemon Chicken is just as easy to make at home. Try out this easy to cook recipe.


  • 300 gms boneless chicken breasts
  • Oil for deep frying

For the marinade

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp cornflour

For the sauce

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1-2 chopped green chillies
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cornflour for slurry
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds for garnish


  • To begin, cut the boneless chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
  • Marinate with light soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper powder, and an egg. Mix well and keep aside to marinate for 10-15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the sauce mixture. Take a cup of chicken stock. If you do not have chicken stock available, mix one stock cube (Maggi Super Seasoning) in a cup of water.
  • Add in honey, vinegar, light soy sauce, and sugar. Mix until the sugar dissolves. Keep aside.
  • Add cornflour to the marinated chicken pieces. Mix until the pieces are well coated.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry the chicken pieces until golden brown and cooked. Drain on a paper towel. Keep aside.
  • To prepare the sauce, heat sesame oil in a pan.
  • Add in chopped garlic, chopped ginger, and chopped green chillies. Cook for a minute or two. Do not brown.
  • Add in the sauce mixture. Cook for a few minutes until the stock reduces a bit.
  • Add in lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook for a few more minutes.
  • Add in a slurry of 1 tbsp cornflour mixed in 1 tbsp of water. Cook until the sauce thickens.
  • Add in the fried chicken pieces. Mix until the pieces are well coated with the sauce. Cook for a few minutes.
  • The Chinese Lemon Chicken is ready to serve. Garnish with lemon slices and sesame seeds.


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