Chinese Style Lemon Chicken

by elyn_ryn

Years ago, I tried a lemon chicken entree at my favorite Chinese restaurant. It was both sweet and savory and was pan-fried with a thin breading, then sliced into strips. The sauce was a thick, sweet, and very lemony glaze. Then one day the chef changed the recipe and deep-fried the chicken in tempura batter. Now don’t get me wrong, the new recipe was very popular, but I loved the old recipe. I thought the new tempura crust on the chicken was too thick and was more about eating the tempura than the chicken, whereas the crust from the old recipe was just the right balance between chicken and crust.

So, I set out to duplicate the sweet and savory original lemon chicken recipe.

Chicken fillets are pan-fried and then sliced. The slices don’t have any breading where they were cut, which makes a perfect ratio of breading to chicken.

This dish is garnished with lemons to look pretty and for taste. Squeeze as many lemons as you want over this dish to give it an extra lemon kick.

The lemon glaze is made from cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice. This was the original sauce used by the restaurant. For a less sweet sauce, cut back on the sugar. To make a thinner sauce, add more water.

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Chinese Style Lemon Chicken
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Ingredients
Chicken Cutlets
Lemon Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Chicken Cutlets
Lemon Sauce
Votes: 4
Rating: 4.75
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
Chicken Cutlets
  1. Salt and pepper chicken. Then dredge chicken in flour.
  2. On medium heat, saute chicken cutlets 3-4 minutes and then turn them and saute for 2-3 minutes more. Do not crowd the pan. Remove to a platter and slice cutlets into strips. Cover.
Lemon Glaze
  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir until well mixed. Gradually stir in the water until smooth. On medium heat, stir constantly and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook for approximately one minute until glaze thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and butter until the butter melts.
  2. Pour the glaze over the cooked chicken. Place lemon slices on or around the chicken. Just before serving, squeeze a few of the lemon slices over the chicken.
Recipe Notes

This dish goes well with steamed rice and broccoli.

Use gluten-free flour in place of regular flour to make this dish gluten-free.

If the lemon glaze thickens too much, thin with water.

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