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Chinese Lemon Chicken

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ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   6

recipe id: 18563
cook method: stovetop
Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe
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8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut in chunks or strips
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup water
4 egg yolks
2 cups cooking oil
green onions, sliced

Lemon Sauce

1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, or more if desired


To make the batter, combine the cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Beat the egg yolks with the water until combined. Add the egg mixture to the cornstarch and blend until smooth.

Heat the oil in a large wok or skillet.

Dip the chicken pieces into the egg mixture then cook in the hot oil until golden brown, turning as needed. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Place the chicken in a serving dish and top with the sliced green onions. Pour the sauce evenly over the top of the chicken.

To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, about 5 minutes until sauce boils and the brown sugar and bouillon granules are fully dissolved.

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568 calories, 30 grams fat, 29 grams carbohydrates, 42 grams protein per serving.
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Member since: February 4, 2008
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The recipe was exactly what I was looking for and it turned out very good!

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We thought this was very good with just the right lemon flavor and the chicken had nice texture to it. I served it with a fried rice recipe that I also got from this site. None of the recipes here have failed me yet.

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Member since: December 19, 2012
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Since beginning to keep Kosher several years ago, I've really missed having Chinese food (no Kosher Chinese restaurants in my area) so I decided to try making Chinese food myself. Last night I made this Chinese Lemon Chicken recipe and it was totally amazing. My picky 6 year old even liked it (minus the sauce). There were just enough leftovers for me to have for lunch today. So delcious and beautiful when served.

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Member since: November 21, 2012
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excellent... I used a deep fryer to cook the chicken.

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Absolutely fantastic! It certainly passed the husband test and the two of us ate the entire 6 servings!! Was easy to make, but a little time consuming for me as I shallow-fried the chicken in batches, totally worth it however :-)

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The sauce was absolutely amazing! Couldn't have asked for a better meal!

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Great recipe. I ate this once in a Chinese restaurant in the UK and loved it a lot. This recipe is quite easy and you don't have to buy a lot of fancy ingredients that will cost you a fortune. The only remark my husband and I would like to make is that it smelled a bit too much like honey which we didn't like.

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I made it tonight for dinner. It was very good flavor and very easy to make. I will be adding it to my recipe collection for future use.

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Jan 30, 2011

jay jay
Good concept. Something missing and each bite was a little too bitter. Needs honey or more brown sugar.

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Excellent! I loved it and it was very easy!

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This was really good! The kids loved it too, which is an accomplishment. Super easy to pull together. I just used the sauce portion of the recipe and served it over fried tofu and seitan with broccoli and rice.

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this recipe was so easy to follow. It taste great. Me and my little brother made it todether and he would not stop eating the sauce. I am going to save this one and i WILL be making it again.