Chinese Lemon Chicken is an easy, crispy and delicious dish that’s sweet and savory, balanced with tangy flavor.
This Lemon Chicken is an easy and crispy Chinese chicken dish that’s sweet and savory, balanced with tangy flavor. It’s a perfect weeknight meal as Chinese lemon chicken can be ready in under 30 minutes, so much better than takeout.
Chinese lemon chicken recipe features Chinese fried chicken coated in a sweet and tangy lemon sauce. It’s one of my most popular Chinese chicken dishes along with Sweet and Sour Chicken, Orange Chicken and Bourbon Chicken.
Lemon chicken Chinese style consists of chicken breasts that are battered and deep fried before being coated in a lemon sauce.
The best part of this recipe is the SAUCE: it’s sweet, tangy and savory. Made with lemon juice, sugar and water and then thickened by cornstarch slurry, lemon chicken sauce is so addictive!
This is a process called velveting, which many Chinese restaurants use to make meat juicy and tender. The secret for getting the crispy coating is to dip marinated chicken cubes into flour, and deep fry them into perfect golden brown.


prep time : 15 mins
cook time : 15 mins
total time : 30 mins
servings : 4 servings

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water, (plus another 3 tbsp for cornstarch mix)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

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