Asian Lemon Chicken Recipe

  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks (or long strips if preferred)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder for paleo)
  • 1/3 cup panko crumbs (use gluten free if necessary or leave out)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Oil, for pan-frying
For the sauce
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos for gluten free and paleo friendly version)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • 2-3 tablespoons water, plus more to thin out sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce, optional or to taste
Garnish (optional)
  • Green onions and sesame seeds

Asian Lemon Chicken Recipe

  1. Combine the sauce ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Measure out 3 tablespoons and add to a large mixing bowl. Set aside the saucepan. To the mixing bowl, lightly beat in the egg white and add chicken pieces. Mix well.
  2. In a large zip-top freezer bag, combine the cornstarch, panko crumbs, salt and black pepper. Add the chicken and shake well to coat.
  3. Cook chicken using your preferred method below.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, heat saucepan with sauce on medium high. Allow to bubble and thicken while whisking and turn off the heat. Taste and adjust seasonings to what you prefer - add additional lemon for tangier, honey for sweeter and sriracha for spicier, if desired.
  5. For pan-fry stovetop version
  6. Heat 2-3 tablespoons oil (or enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan) in a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, add chicken and pan fry until golden and cooked through, about 3-5 minutes per side. Transfer to a large platter lined with paper towels. Repeat.
  7. Toss chicken together with heated lemon sauce, coating well.
  8. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and serve immediately with rice or noodles, if desired.
  9. For the baked version:
  10. Preheat oven to 375F. Place chicken in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked, flipping once in between. Turn oven to broil for 2-3 minutes or until chicken pieces turn light brown on top and crisp up. Watch your chicken closely so it doesn't burn. Remove chicken from oven and toss together with heated lemon sauce, coating well.
  11. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and serve immediately with rice or noodles, if desired.

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