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Chinese-style Lemon Chicken Recipe-1326

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This is one of those dishes that was probably invented to appeal to Western diners, as lemons are rarely used in Chinese cooking.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 Mins, Plus Standing
Cooking time: 30 Mins


For the chicken:

  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying

For the Lemon Sauce:

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • One ½ in (1cm) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and shredded

  • Bok choy, steamed, to serve
  • Hot cooked rice, to serve


1. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl, add 1¼ cups cold water and whisk until smooth. Set aside for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 200°F (100°F). Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Add enough oil to come about halfway up the sides of a heavy deep frying pan. Heat over high heat to 350°F (180°C) on a deep-frying thermometer. In batches, dip the chicken into the batter. Carefully add to the oil and deep-fry, turning once, for 5-6 minutes, or until golden. Transfer to the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.

3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Pour the lemon juice into a medium saucepan, sprinkle in the cornstarch, and whisk until smooth. Add the stock, honey, sugar, and ginger. Stir over low heat until the sauce comes to a boil and thickens. Simmer for 1 minute.

4. Arrange the chicken on a serving platter and spoon the hot sauce on top. Serve hot with the bok choy and rice.


Special Equipment: deep-frying thermometer.

Prepare ahead: The batter can be made a couple hours in advance.

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 2 cups oil for frying and does not include bok choy or rice, for serving.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

797kcal (40%)
101mg (10%)
7mg (12%)
43mcg RAE (1%)
114mg (38%)
587mg (24%)
7g (34%)
46g (70%)
4mg (20%)

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