Classic Lemon Chicken with crispy battered chicken thighs in a sweet and tangy sauce. You can skip the delivery and the wait and make it at home!
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Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe

Classic Lemon Chicken with crispy battered chicken thighs in a sweet and tangy sauce makes this Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe a treat. You can skip the delivery and the wait and make it at home!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinate Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Sabrina

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken thighs cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 c lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c cornstarch
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  • Add soy sauce and the 2 tbsp cornstarch to your chicken in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let marinate for 30 minutes.
  • While the chicken is marinating add the lemon juice, sugar, water, 2 tsp cornstarch and lemon zest to a small bowl and mix; set aside.
  • Add the flour and 1/2 c cornstarch to the bowl of chicken and toss to coat.
  • In a pot with oil about three inches deep, heat on medium high to 350 degrees.
  • Add the chicken in batches so you don't crowd the pot or the chicken will stick together and it will lower the temperature significantly causing your chicken to be oily.
  • Cook chicken until golden brown and when cooked, transfer the pieces to a skillet (this is where we will be tossing with the sauce).
  • When you finish all the chicken, turn off the oil, turn the skillet onto medium high heat and add the sauce.
  • Coat the chicken pieces in the sauce and cook for just a few seconds until thickened.
  • Serve immediately with steamed rice and vegetables.

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Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.9mg