Chinese Lemon Chicken

This is my Chinese lemon chicken recipe. You can substitute the lemon sauce for orange sauce to make an orange flavoured chicken if you wish. I personally prefer the tanginess and bitterness of the lemon but I can tell you that both are really good.

Lemon chicken is another one of my favourite Chinese takeaway dishes. I’m not sure how you could classify this dish as authentic Chinese but it actually goes really well with fried rice. Heres a link to my own versatile and easy fried rice dish.

Chinese lemon chicken is really easy to make and taste delicious. I got this recipe from a friend of mine who runs his own Chinese takeaway and this dish sells really well!




Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts – 1 per person is the normal portion size. Try to get free range too if you can
  • 500ml of Robinson’s Lemon Juice (You can use Orange Juice if you want to make Orange Chicken)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Corn Flour
  • 100 grams of flour
  • Salt and Pepper for Seasoning

For the batter, you will need:

  • Salt and Pepper
  • 250 grams of plain flour
  • 250 ml of water/beer or ale
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder

Method:

  1. Turn on your deep fat fryer
  2. Make up your batter first
    1. Add the flour, liquid and baking powder into a blender and mix until smooth
    2. Cover and leave the mixture in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
    3. For my beer batter recipe, please see here.
  3. Butterfly the chicken breast.
    1. Lay the chicken flat on a chopping board
    2. With a knife, make an incision along the side of the breast and cut until you nearly reach the other side but don’t go through
    3. Open up the meet so as to resemble a butterfly
    4. Doing this helps the chicken cook faster in the deep fat fryer
  4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper
  5. Add the flour in a bowl and cover each side of the chicken
  6. Place the chicken into the batter recipe and make sure it is completely covered
  7. Carefully put the chicken into the deep fat fryer and fry until golden brown
  8. Once ready, remove and set aside
  9. Put the lemon juice into a pan and bring to the boil
  10. Add a little water to the corn starch and mix until all lumps are removed
  11. Add the corn starch mixture to the lemon juice and thicken
    1. If you want to thicken it more, just make more of the corn starch mixture and add to the lemon juice
  12. Place the chicken onto a place and cover with the lemon sauce
  13. Enjoy your Chinese lemon chicken!
Lay the chicken on a chopping board

Lay the chicken on a chopping board

Butterfly each chicken breast

Butterfly each chicken breast

Season with salt and pepper on both sides

Season with salt and pepper on both sides

Dust both sides of the chicken with flour

Dust both sides of the chicken with flour

Cover with batter

Cover with batter

Ensure both sides are fully covered

Ensure both sides are fully covered

Deep fry until golden brown

Deep fry until golden brown

Set aside and repeat for each piece of chicken

Set aside and repeat for each piece of chicken

Add Robinsons to a pan and bring to boil

Add Robinsons to a pan and bring to boil

Add corn starch to water

Add corn starch to water

Mix until there are no more lumps

Mix until there are no more lumps

Add to the lemon juice and thicken

Add to the lemon juice and thicken

Cut up chicken

Cut up chicken

Chinese lemon chicken. Cover chicken with lemon sauce. Served here on a bed of fried rice

Chinese Lemon Chicken. Cover chicken with lemon sauce. Served here on a bed of fried rice

 




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