Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe


Preparation Time2 Hr 10 MinCooking Time15 Min
Ready In2 Hr 25 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexHealthyServings6
Main Ingredient


 Fresh ginger slices2 , minced (1/4 Inch Each)
 Reduced sodium soy sauce1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Boneless chicken breast halves6 Small, skinned
 Lemons2 Large (Or 3 Medium Sized)
 Cornstarch3 Tablespoon
 Salt1 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Or To Taste)
 Egg white1
 Vegetable oil/Peanut oil3 Tablespoon
 Carrots3 Medium, peeled and julienned
 Defatted chicken broth1 Cup (16 tbs) (Homemade Or Canned)
 Green pepper1 Small, julienned
 Sweet red pepper1 , julienned
 Scallions6 , julienned (The White And 2 Inches Of The Green)
 Sugar3 Tablespoon
 Rice vinegar/White wine vinegar1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Iceberg lettuce head/Romaine lettuce head1⁄2 , shredded

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 276 Calories from Fat 80

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 9 g13.8%

Saturated Fat 1.3 g6.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 49.3 mg

Sodium 995.8 mg41.5%

Total Carbohydrates 28 g9.2%

Dietary Fiber 3.9 g15.7%

Sugars 11.4 g

Protein 23 g46.5%

Vitamin A 121.7% Vitamin C 109.2%

Calcium 7.5% Iron 10.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. In a shallow glass bowl or a plastic bag, mix the ginger and soy sauce.
2. Put the breasts inside and marinate in the liquid for 1 or 2 hours, turning them once in a while.
3. Drain the liquid and discard it.
4. Carefully peel one of the lemons, only removing the yellow zest.
5. Finely julienne the zest and keep aside.
6. Grate the zest of the other lemons till you get around 2 teaspoons of grated zest.
7. Squeeze out 1/4 cup juice from the lemons and keep aside.
8. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch with the salt and egg white.
9. Place the chicken breasts on this mixture and coat them.

10. In a large skillet, heat the oil.
11. Add the chicken breasts to the hot oil.
12. Saute them for 4 minutes and turn them over.
13. Saute for 4 minutes more.
14. Remove the breasts from the skillet and keep warm.
15. In the same skillet, add the carrots.
16. Stir fry the carrots for 1 minute.
17. Add the chicken broth to the carrots.
18. Bring the mixture to a boil.
19. Now add the lemon zest julienne and cover the skillet.
20. Cook for 3 minutes more.
21. Remove the cover, and add the green and red pepper strips.
22. Stir them and cook for 1 minute.
23. Next, add the scallions.
24. Cook for 1 more minute.

25. In a small stainless-steel or enameled saucepan mix the sugar and remaining cornstarch.
26. Add the vinegar, lemon juice, and grated lemon zest and stir everything in.
27. Place the saucepan on heat and bring to a boil, stirring, until the sauce is thick.
28. Pour this sauce on the vegetable mixture in the skillet.
29. Cook the mixture for 30 seconds.

30. On a warm serving platter, make a bed of the lettuce.
31. Cut the breasts crosswise in 1-inch-thick strips.
32. Arrange the strips symmetrically on the lettuce.
33. Pour the sauce over them and serve at once.
34. You can serve it with boiled rice on the side.

Do not take an aluminum saucepan to make the sauce.