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Lemon Chicken that is delicious and easy to make! Note: This recipe has been remade several times and adjusted after reader comments about it being too much vinegar, and too thin of a sauce. Apparently I like a stronger vinegar flavor than most. Hope you love it as much as we do!
I am a huge fan of the fast, tasty, and take-out inspired Asian dish.
One of our favorite menu items at the local chinese place we visit is their lemon chicken. They make this amazingly tangy, but still sweet enough to want to drink lemon sauce that they use on both their lemon chicken and their fried wontons. I love it. Love it.
But at about $16 a plate, it is not very economical to take the family out for lemon chicken as often as we want it. Thus I searched out recipes and tried a million, my favorite one, and the inspiration for the creation of this version was from Damn Delicious. I make some alterations, and make it fit what our family likes, and what I typically have in my cupboard. It is super good, comes together in under 30 minutes, and costs way less than $16 a plate.
If you want to speed things up with this dish, feel free to just dredge your chicken in flour, and skip the second dredging. That just makes it nice and crispy, and gives it a good crust to catch the yummy, tangy, tasty lemon sauce.
Also, I purchased a small kitchen fryer a few years ago, and get a ton of use out of it, and I like that it feels less scary than heating oil in a pan. Is it just me, or is popping grease scary? You can find some great options for fryers here.
Don’t use bottled lemon juice, fresh is best!
If you have smaller kids, feel free to cut your chicken into bite sized pieces and prepare it the same way. This is how we prepare our Orange Chicken, which is a similar dish and another family favorite. I like doing this because it means more surface to catch the sauce. I also sometimes double the sauce so I can use it for fried wontons, crab and cream cheese wontons, or just to serve over brown rice. Yum!
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do! I sometimes try to make things fun for my kids and we eat with chopsticks and on bamboo mats. We are just so festive like that.
And be sure to check out some of the other Asian Inspired Dishes: