Crispy Lemon Chicken

Crispy Lemon Chicken

Lemon chicken is a popular Chinese dish made with boneless chicken pieces that are marinated, then coated in a batter and fried until crispy. It is then tossed in a tangy sweet and sour sauce made with lemon juice, sugar, and other spices. It is usually served with rice or noodles and garnished with green onions, crushed red pepper flakes or sesame seeds.

Crispy Lemon Chicken

Recipe by Recipe CookCourse: Dinner, LunchDifficulty: Beginner


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  • cooking oil

  • 1 1/2 lb. package cooked breaded chicken tenders sliced (1 inch thick) or nuggets

  • 4 cups cooked rice

  • lemon sauce (below)

  • sliced green onion

  • crushed red pepper flakes

  • sesame seeds


  • Cook chicken tenders according to package directions.
  • Place cooked, warm rice on each plate. Top with cooked chicken.
  • Pour warm lemon sauce over chicken and rice. Sprinkle with sliced green onion, red pepper flakes and sesame seeds.
  • Lemon Sauce
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup cane sugar
    2 tbsp. cornstarch
    2 tbsp. butter or buttery spread
    1/3 cup lemon juice
    1 tsp. lemon zest chopped
    Combine water, sugar and cornstarch. Bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat and stir for five minutes until sauce is thickened. Remove mixture from heat. Add butter, lemon juice and lemon zest. Makes almost 2 cups.