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Asian Lemon Chicken: Lemon Chicken that is delicious and easy to make, with just the right sweet and tangy! Not too much sweet and not too much vinegar.
Asian Lemon Chicken
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I am a huge fan of the fast, tasty, and take-out inspired Asian dish, and 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. So, I searched out recipes and tried a million, to find 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, and they are so easy to use.
Go Fresh and Customize
Also, 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. For this reason, I 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!
Dinner Time Can be Family Festive Time
We like festive for every meal, because it really elevates family time and makes my children happy. When it comes to Asian food, our children begin to salivate and become joyful whenever they see the table set with chopsticks on bamboo dinner mats. We are just so festive like that. Or for that special Asian dinner date with my hubby, I love to dress my table with a beautiful Asian tablecloth runner. Now, if you like Asian, be sure and try some of our other favorites that follow.
Other Favorite Asian Dishes!
- Instant Pot Mongolian Beef
- Honey Walnut Shrimp
- Ginger Orange Chicken Meal Prep
- Lemon Chicken with Cilantro Brown Rice
- Chicken Asparagus Stir Fry Rice Noodles
Asian Lemon Chicken
- 1.5 lbs boneless chicken breast cut into tenders
- 1 cup all purpose flour or if you are going gluten free, any gluten free flour works, I love potato flour when cooking asian themed
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup gluten-free soy sauce
- 1 pinch of chili pepper flakes optional, adds a slight kick
- 1/3 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsps apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbs corn starch
- zest of one lemon
- 1 tbs toasted sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions
- In a small sauce pan over medium heat mix together all sauce ingredients, except corn starch, and stir until sugar melt.
- Bring to a boil, and let cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove from heat, whisk in corn starch.
- Then set aside.
- Next, prepare chicken by cutting chicken into tender, then pat them dry.
- Then mix together salt and pepper (a few shakes of each) with the flour, and dredge your tenders
- Mix together milk, egg, and take dredged chicken, and dip into the egg, milk mixture
- Then dredge in flour again
- In a medium size skillet, heat oil until it sizzles when you flick water into it, but not so hot that steam is coming off. Fry your chicken tenders on each side until nice and brown. Or use a fryer heated to 375 degrees. Cook 3-4 minutes.
- Set on paper towels to catch excess oil
- Then toss with lemon sauce, which will be thin, but should have thickened up some while sitting.
- Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and fresh green onion
- Serve hot
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
Here are a few more pictures to get you in that Asian mood!