Crispy Honey Lemon Chicken with lightly battered chicken tossed in classic Chinese style lemon sauce. It takes only 30 minutes to prepare and a lot quicker than ordering from the takeaway! In this recipe, you'll learn how to make a perfect sweet, savoury, tangy lemon chicken recipe with our simple tips.
If you are a fan of PF Chang's crispy honey chicken or Panda Express honey sesame chicken, you will definitely love our homemade version of crispy honey lemon chicken too!
Chinese Lemon Chicken
Lemon chicken is a famous Chinese takeout in the West but some people say it is not a very authentic Chinese dish. It's originated in Hong Kong and can be found in Asian countries and across the world with so many different versions of it.
The dish itself is famous for its amazing sweet, savoury, and tangy taste. It's so easy to make and you need the ingredients which are not actually easy to find.
The Honey Lemon Sauce
This sauce is one of the most popular classic Chinese style honey lemon sauce that all kids and adults loves. I haven't seen anyone who doesn't like this sauce also. You can find it in the menu of all most every Chinese or Thai restaurant menu. Some restaurants and takeout might add a bit of food colouring to create the dish brighter. But for home-cooking we don’t actually need to use it in our recipe, we can create it with simple pantry friendly ingredients. Simple but the taste is not bland! If you haven’t tasted this crispy chicken dish with homemade sauce, I highly recommend to try it at home. I am sure you will definitely love it!
You can add this honey sauce in different varieties of dishes and make it crispy honey prawns, squid, or even taste great with crispy tender steak. If you prefer your sauce with a kick of chilli taste, add a bit of sweet chilli sauce or crushed chilli flakes to the sauce mixture.
Chicken & Marinade
I used chicken breast in this recipe, but you can substitute it with chicken thigh, lamb, beef, prawns, or any protein you wish. You can simply season the chicken pieces with light soy sauce, baking soda, sesame oil, and ginger-garlic paste.
Baking soda in the marinade keeps the meat moist and tender result when you deep fry it with high heat. If you wish to make it with beef, use a tender steak cut like rump, sirloin, tenderloin, or rib-eye.
How to Make It
Cut chicken into small bite-size pieces. Place the chicken pieces in the large mixing bowl and add baking soda, sesame oil, ginger garlic paste, and light soy sauce. Mix well and marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cut ginger into thin strips. Squeeze lemon juice out from one lemon and set aside.
Break one egg into the marinated chicken pieces and mix it well. Then add the potato/corn starch and coat the chicken each piece evenly with flour. Toss the excess flour out before frying.
Heat the oil into high heat about 350° F. You can test oil temperature with wooden chopstick, its ready to fry when the bubbles start to fizz steadily.
Add the coated chicken pieces and deep fry for 2-3 mins until chicken turn into crispy golden brown.
Remove from oil, transfer to paper towel or cooling rack.
Heat the wok, add chicken stock, honey, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt to taste. Bring it to boil with medium high heat.
Add the fried chicken pieces. Stir the sauce and chicken pieces very quick with medium high heat to few seconds. Add corn starch and water mixture in the sauce and stir well until the chicken pieces are coated well and become glossy.
Serve over a bed of steamed rice or stir fry noodles. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and lemon slices. Delicious honey lemon chicken is ready! Enjoy!
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Watch how to make recipe video
- 250 g Chicken breast
- 1 Egg
- 1 cup Potato / Corn flour
- ½ tsp Corn flour tsp mix with 1 tbsp water
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Oil for frying
Marinate for Chicken
- ¼ tsp Baking soda
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tsp Light Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
- ½ cup Chicken Stock
- ½ tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 1 tsp Lemon zest
- 1 Lemon
- 3-4 slices Ginger
- Cut chicken into small bite size pieces. Add baking soda, sesame oil, ginger garlic paste and light soy sauce mix well and marinate for 15 minutes.
- Cut ginger into thin slices. Squeeze lemon juice out from one lemon and set aside.
- Break one egg into the marinated chicken pieces and mix it well. Then add the potato/corn starch and coat the chicken pieces toss the excess flour out before frying.
- Heat the oil into high heat about 350° F. You can test oil temperature with wooden chopstick, its ready to fry when the bubbles start to fizz steadily. Add the coated chicken pieces and deep fry for 2-3 mins until the chicken turn into crispy golden brown. Remove from oil and set aside.
- Heat the wok, add all ingredients from the sauce mixture and bring it to boil with medium high heat.
- Add the fried chicken pieces. Stir well with medium high heat to few seconds.
- Add corn starch and water mixture in the sauce and stir well until the chicken pieces are glossy and coated well with the sauce.
- Serve immediately with a bowl of steamed rice or a stir-fry noodle. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and lemon slices. Crispy Honey Lemon Chicken is ready! Enjoy!
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