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Chinese Crispy Lemon Chicken

Updated on October 20, 2012

Crispy Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken
Lemon Chicken
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Sweet and Sour Chicken
Red Bell Pepper
Red Bell Pepper
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Thin Soy Sauce

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Chinese Crispy Lemon Chicken


If you enjoy eating lemon chicken in a Chinese restaurant and you always wondered how it was made, this hub provides the answer. This recipe calls for deep-fried, boneless, skinless chicken chunks. Some Chinese recipes call for deep frying whole breast pieces and chopping them into half-inch pieces before adding the sauce but I believe that this method is easier to use at home.


The sauce is a tangy mixture of vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and chicken broth flavored with garlic, ginger, scallions, red bell pepper and lemon slices. As usual, this dish should be served with white rice. A stir-fried vegetable dish made with broccoli, asparagus or green beans would be a suitable accompaniment.




Preparation Time:

60 Minutes

Cooking Time:

30 Minutes



2 Large Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (four halves – cut into one inch cubes)

1 Beaten Egg

1 Teaspoon Dry White Wine

¼ Teaspoon Salt

¼ Teaspoon Sugar

Juice of ½ Lemon

Mix in a bowl and marinate in the refrigerator for 60 minutes.

½ Cup Cornstarch for dredging

Just before you start preparing the sauce, dredge the marinated chicken chunks in the cornstarch and arrange them on a plate ready to deep-fry



1 Teaspoon Minced Ginger Root

2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic

3 Scallions (cut into 1 ½ inch lengths including the green part and then split in quarters)

¼ Red Bell Pepper (seeded and cut into matchstick shreds)

8 Thin Lemon Slices (1/8 inch thick)

2 tablespoons Oil for stir-frying


Sauce Mixture:

2 Tablespoons Thin Soy Sauce

4 Teaspoons Dry white Wine

4 Teaspoons Vinegar

4 Teaspoons Sugar

½ Cup Chicken Broth1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon of Lemon Zest

2 Teaspoons Cornstarch mixed with 2 Teaspoons Water

4 Cups of Oil for deep frying


 Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy frying pan or wok and stir-fry the ginger, garlic and scallions for 60 seconds.
  2. Add the lemon slices and shredded pepper and immediately add the sauce.
  3. When the sauce begins to bubble, add the cornstarch water and when the sauce thickens, keep it warm while you deep-fry the chunks of chicken.
  4. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of oil and stir-fry the ginger,
  5. In a large saucepan or deep fryer, heat the 4 cups of oil. Remember to leave lots of room for the oil to bubble up when you add the chicken.
  6. Cook until the chicken pieces turn golden brown. Remove the meat with a strainer or slotted spoon and quickly drain it on paper towels.
  7. Arrange the pieces in a serving bowl and pour the sauce over them. Be sure to remove and discard the lemon slices.
  8. Serve with white rice and a green vegetable.


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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy recipes with lemon and especially chicken thanks

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      Dennis L. Page 

      7 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      This recipe sounds so delicious and even though I just finished dinner, I'm now hungry for Chinese food. :)

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      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      This looks delicious! I have bookmarked it.

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      L M Reid 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      This recipe for crispy lemon chicken looks easy to make and from the photos it also looks tasty too. Next time I buy chicken I am going to make it with your recipe.

      Thanks for SHARING Up and awesome

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great recipe,sounds like it would be very delicious !

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      Rinita Sen 

      7 years ago

      Brilliant. Bookmarked. Gonna make this over the weekend.

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      7 years ago

      Hi rj.

      Another great recipe from you.

      Have bookmarked along with most of your others.


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      Dilip Chandra 

      7 years ago from India

      Delicious recipe. Good hub, well written. VOTED UP :)

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      7 years ago

      Looks great!

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      This looks delicious!!

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      7 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      this recipe looks wonderful! Am making it very soon. thanks


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