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Chinese Lemon Chicken

Marion’s ultimate fresh and light lemon chicken is deliciously marinated in soy sauce, egg white and Shiaoxing wine. Lemon zest and juice add tang to the glossy sauce that coats the chicken pieces.


Chinese Lemon Chicken

35 minutes
15 minutes

600g (1.3 lb) chicken breast, cut into roughly 3cm cubes

½ cup chicken stock

1½ tbsp light soy sauce

3 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp lemon juice (juice of about 2 lemons)

finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1 cup plain flour

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tsp finely grated ginger

2 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tbsp water

vegetable oil for frying

1 tsp sesame seeds

sliced spring onion (scallions) to serve

lemon slices to serve (optional)



2 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp Chinese shaoxing wine

1 egg white, lightly whisked

  • Step 1

    In a large bowl, place chicken and marinade ingredients. Mix thoroughly to break up the egg white. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, mix together the chicken stock, soy sauce and sugar in another bowl.

  • Step 3

    In a separate bowl, mix together the lemon juice and zest.

  • Step 4

    Place the flour in a large tray or bowl. Add the chicken pieces and the marinade and use your hands to pat and press the liquid and flour together around the chicken pieces to form a craggy coating.

  • Step 5

    Fill a wok or saucepan to about 1/3 capacity with the vegetable oil. Heat over high heat. The oil is hot enough for frying at 325°F or 165°C or when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil forms small little bubbles. Shake excess flour from the chicken pieces. Cook chicken pieces in 2 to 3 batches for about 3 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper.

  • Step 6

    In a clean wok or pan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and then add the garlic and ginger. Cook for about 10 seconds or until fragrant. Then add the chicken stock mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the lemon juice and zest. Simmer for another 30 seconds before adding the cornstarch mixture. Cook for another 30 seconds or until sauce has thickened slightly. Add the chicken pieces and toss until evenly coated. Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds and spring onion. Garnish with lemon slices if using.

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What our customers say

5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 21 reviews)
Very good5%

Lemon Chicken

February 15, 2024

By far the best lemon chicken recipe.

Been making this for a long time now and when family come to stay I always have to make it. Delicious. Thanks Marion

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The best

February 8, 2024

I just love making it.

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Better than Take Out!

January 19, 2024

We make this one on repeat because everyone, including my extra finicky 10yr old, LOVES this. I would say, if you live near an Asian market try and seek out the Chinese shaoxing wine, as you will no doubt make it again and again aaaannnnd again. The first time we subbed Mirin since we did not have the wine, and it was perfectly fine.

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