Sticky Chinese Lemon Chicken

Easy healthy Sticky Chinese Lemon Chicken with a sticky lemon honey and garlic sauce is a tasty, better than takeout, 30 minute meal!

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Last weekend we met up with my in-laws for dinner at a Chinese restaurant in the town where my husband I grew up. This restaurant is pretty good. But people go NUTS for this place. I kind of think it’s because there’s only two main Chinese restaurants in the area and the other one (where I happened to work all through high school) is right next to the freeway and a little bit farther out of the way than this place.

Like I said, it’s pretty good, they have some decent dishes and their honey walnut shrimp is darn tasty, but my husband has a co-worker who flies his clients in from out of state to have dinner at this place and I swear to you it really is good, but it’s not that good. And when it comes to takeout, I’d much rather whip up something at home than buy a plane ticket to fly two states away to get myself a bowl of walnut shrimp or general tsao’s.

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This sticky Chinese lemon chicken is easily as good as any restaurant version and you can make it happen in just 30 minutes in the comfort of your slippers in your very own kitchen – no crazy ingredients or special tools needed, and definitely no plane ticket needed. The sauce is sweet and tangy and sticky lemon garlic heaven.

I’ve come to really love using chicken tenderloins for my Asian takeout dishes, but chicken breasts also work! To get the right crispy outside to juicy inside ratio, just be sure to cut your chicken into 1 inch pieces or even a little bit smaller. Too big and it takes too long to cook through and the breading will get overcooked. Other than that, this recipe is foolproof! You’re gonna love this easy better-than-takeout dish!

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What people are saying about this Sticky Chinese Lemon Chicken

“I just made this and can hardly wait to eat this evening, even tho I stole a few tastes just now. Good flavor and better than take-out!” – Jeneen

“Just made this. I absolutely loved it! So flavorful! My family thought it was too lemony so, although I thought it was just right, next time I will use less lemon for them. So very GOOD. Thanks for the recipe!” – Schellie

“Mine was a triumph. As good as any Chinese restaurant or takeaway and much cheaper too. Grateful for the recipe and will definitely repeat.” – Julia

Sticky Chinese Lemon Chicken

Easy healthy Sticky Chinese Lemon Chicken with a sticky lemon honey and garlic sauce is a tasty, better than takeout 30 minute meal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Chicken, chinese, Lemon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds chicken tenderloin
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine or chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola oil

Sauce

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • juice of 2 lemons (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 4 tablespoons cold chicken broth or water
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • thinly sliced green onions and sesame seeds, for garnish
  • cooked white, brown, or fried rice for serving https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/best-fried-rice/

Instructions

  1. Chop chicken into 1 inch pieces. Whisk together eggs, soy suace, and cooking wine or broth. Add chicken and stir to combine. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. (see note)

  2. Transfer chicken pieces to a large ziplock bag and discard marinade. Add corn starch to bag, seal, and shake to coat chicken completely in the corn starch.

  3. Add oil to a large pan or skillet and bring to medium-high heat. Transfer chicken to pan, trying to arrange pieces so they aren't piled on top of each other. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then turn the chicken pieces and cook another 3-4 minutes until golden brown. 

  4. Use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken to a paper-towel lined plate. Discard any excess oil in the pan and use a paper towel to wipe it out.

  5. Add broth, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, honey, and salt to pan and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. 

  6. In a small bowl whisk together broth (or water) and corn starch until dissolved. Add to boiling sauce, then reduce heat to medium-low and stir until thickened.

  7. Transfer chicken to pan and stir 2-3 minutes until hot throughout. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions and serve over cooked rice.

Recipe Notes

If you have the time to marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes, I highly recommend it BUT, if you are running short on time you can cut that marinating time down to 5-10 minutes if needed!

 

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You are my kind of gal. Love white chocolate, my wife has been lures to the dark side:-)

Anyway, as a person that has dealt with gout, and is healing from it, I would like to challenge you. Gout main deadly item is sugar. Sugars that occur naturally in something are more acceptable, but you want to restrain those as well. How about trying to make things without sugar, and FYI, alcohol breaks down to sugar…

If you want to talk about this via email, contact me.

Looks like a Sunday afternoon, smell good all day meal. Enjoy your kitchens this weekend!-Laurel Bledsoe

hey girl- this looks so yummy! Have a great weekend!

I just made this and can hardly wait to eat this evening, even tho I stole a few tastes just now. Good flavor and better than take-out!

This is what’s for dinner tonight. I can’t wait to try this. My chicken is marinating as I type 🙂
Love your recipes, thank you for sharing !! I’ll be back to tell you how it was :)~ Yeah, that’s drool lol

Just made this. I absolutely loved it! So flavorful! My family thought it was too lemony so, although I thought it was just right, next time I will use less lemon for them. So very GOOD. Thanks for the recipe!

I made the chinese lemon chicken.used all the ingredients for the sauce. Why is my sauce brown and the sauce on the picture yellow.

    ITs probably just a difference in lemons and a dollop of. Ph photosip

tasted like sour soy sauce chicken, won’t be making it again.

Mine was a triumph. As good as any Chinese restaurant or takeaway and much cheaper too. Grateful for the recipe and will definitely repeat.

    Yes! I love when I can trump take-out with a recipe! Thank you so much for sharing, Julia!

Get rid of the third of a cup of soy sauce in the sauce. … you don’t need it. It makes the sauce brown and way too salty. 2 out of 3 people said they couldn’t eat it.