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Chinese Lemon Chicken

5 from 3 reviews

Dairy Free

Easy and delicious Chinese Lemon Chicken which tastes better than your local take-away! Crispy pieces of fried chicken tossed in a fresh and vibrant sticky lemon glaze. Recipe with step-by-step photos.

Ingredients

For the Marinade

For the Crispy Chicken

For the Sticky Lemon Sauce

To Serve

Instructions

For the Marinade

  1. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, about 2 cm (1 inch) cubes.
  2. Place the chicken into a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Add the marinade ingredients.
  4. Mix everything together until the chicken is well-combined in the marinade.
  5. Set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

For the Crispy Chicken (Please see my recipe for Homemade Popcorn Chicken for step-by-step photos)

  1. Heat a large saucepan with enough vegetable oil to about 2 cm (1 inch) depth.
  2. Place the flour into a large bowl or baking tray.
  3. Pour the chicken, together with all of the marinade, onto the flour.
  4. Use your hands to coat the chicken in the flour. The liquid in the marinade will mix with the flour to form a light batter.
  5. Press the flour into the chicken to help form a craggy coating on the chicken. It is this craggy coating which will make the chicken crispy and crunchy.
  6. The oil is ready when it reaches 165°C or 325°F, or when a wooden chopstick inserted in the oil creates lots of small bubbles.
  7. Cook the chicken in batches until golden in colour.
  8. Drain the chicken pieces on kitchen paper or on a wire rack.

For the Sticky Lemon Sauce

  1. Mix all of the ingredients, except for the lemon juice and lemons, together in a bowl or measuring jug.
  2. Heat a large skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Pour the sauce into the skillet.
  4. As the sauce starts to simmer, use a whisk to stir the sauce to prevent any lumps from forming.
  5. The sauce needs to come to a boil to activate the cornflour (cornstarch), which will thicken the sauce.
  6. Once the sauce has thickened to your liking, take the pan off the heat.
  7. Whisk in the lemon juice. Start by adding the juice of half a lemon, and keep adding more to taste.
  8. Once you are happy with the Sticky Lemon Sauce, add the lemon slices. These are mostly to serve as garnish or decoration.
  9. This recipe makes a lot of sauce so there is enough to drizzle over some steamed rice or vegetables. If you don’t want a lot of sauce in this dish, remove half of the sauce and store it in the fridge for another time.

To Serve

  1. Add the Crispy Chicken pieces to the Sticky Lemon Sauce.
  2. Use a spoon to quickly toss the chicken pieces in the sauce.
  3. Serve immediately.

Kitchen Notes

CONVERSIONS
To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.