Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

These Chinese take out style lemon chicken will soon be your new favorite recipe.  No need to drive to your favorite Chinese food restaurant.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chinese lemon chicken, lemon chicken chinese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 253kcal
Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 C cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 C water
  • 4 egg yolks slightly beaten
  • vegetable oil for frying about 3 cups
  • 4 green onions sliced

Lemon Sauce

  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C fresh lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger


  • Slice chicken breasts in half and gently pound to flatten
  • Combine cornstarch, salt and pepper into a bowl and add in water and egg yolks
  • Head oil in wok or frying pan (I used my cast iron skillet) Heat oil to about 375 degrees
  • Dip chicken into cornstarch mixture, covering both sides lightly
  • Fry chicken in oil until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes
  • Drain on paper towel
  • Keep warm while you finish cooking chicken
  • Cut each piece of chicken into serving pieces and place on serving platter
  • Cover with sauce and sprinkle with chopped green onion

To make lemon sauce:

  • Combine all ingredients in saucepan and stir until well blended
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sauce boils and thickens
  • About 5 minutes
  • Pour over chicken


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 468mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.9mg