Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe

December 25, 2019
Classic Lemon Chicken with crispy battered chicken thighs during a sweet and tangy sauce makes this Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe a treat. you'll skip the delivery and therefore the wait and make it at home!

Chinese Lemon Chicken may be a Chinese food favorite and one among my go to’s because the sauce is very easy to form and has such an excellent sweet and sour flavor without having all the red coloring. Just a couple of ingredients and you’ll be glad you didn’t devour the phone and call your favorite delivery spot.

Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe
Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe

You might be surprised to ascertain chicken thighs during this recipe rather than chicken breasts.  Chicken breasts reign supreme during a lot of recipes but the chicken thigh shouldn’t be overlooked.

Breasts have white mean, are lean and you'll make numerous things with them.  Chicken thighs have meat, are more fatty and successively filled with flavor. they're also far more affordable than chicken breasts.  Chicken thighs also cook quickly.

Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe


  • 1 lb chicken thighs cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 c lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c cornstarch
  • oil for frying


  1. Add soy sauce and the 2 tbsp cornstarch to your chicken in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  2. Let marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is marinating add the lemon juice, sugar, water, 2 tsp cornstarch and lemon zest to a small bowl and mix; set aside.
  4. Add the flour and 1/2 c cornstarch to the bowl of chicken and toss to coat.
  5. In a pot with oil about three inches deep, heat on medium high to 350 degrees.
  6. Add the chicken in batches so you don't crowd the pot or the chicken will stick together and it will lower the temperature significantly causing your chicken to be oily.
  7. Cook chicken until golden brown and when cooked, transfer the pieces to a skillet (this is where we will be tossing with the sauce).
  8. When you finish all the chicken, turn off the oil, turn the skillet onto medium high heat and add the sauce.
  9. Coat the chicken pieces in the sauce and cook for just a few seconds until thickened.
  10. Serve immediately with steamed rice and vegetables.

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