Chinese Lemon Chicken

Posted: January 20

Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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Put a (citrus) twist on traditional orange chicken! Chinese Lemon Chicken has the same sweetness, tang, and savory flavor as its more well-known counterpart, but with a sharper, zestier, and slightly sweeter sauce that will get your tastebuds dancing! Chinese Lemon Chicken can be ladled over rice, which is perfect for making sure you catch every drop of this fantastic sauce. This is the new gold standard for home-cooked Asian cuisine that's actually golden in color!


For the lemon glaze: • 1/2 cup honey • 1/4 cup soy sauce • 1/4 cup pineapple juice • 1/4 cup brown sugar • juice of 1 lemon • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 teaspoon ground lemon pepper • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced For the chicken: • 1 cup vegetable oil • 2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, and cubed • salt, to taste • pepper, to taste • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 cup milk


Step 1

In a medium pan over medium heat on the stove-top, combine the honey, soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, lemon pepper, and garlic.

Step 2

Bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 3

Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer until slightly thickened, about 10-12 minutes.

Step 4

Set the sauce aside.

Step 5

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

Step 6

In a large resealable bag, place the salt, pepper, and flour.

Step 7

Pour the milk into a small bowl.

Step 8

Add 8-10 pieces of the chicken in the bag with the flour mixture, shaking to coat them.

Step 9

Dip each piece of coated chicken in the milk, then return them to the bag with the flour mixture for a second coating.

Step 10

Repeat this process until all of the chicken is double-coated.

Step 11

Working in batches, fry the chicken in the oil, until each side is golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per side.

Step 12

Toss the chicken in the lemon glaze sauce.

Step 13

Serve warm.

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