Lemon-ey Sneak-it’s: Lemon Honey Chicken

9 months ago

lemon honey chicken

There are so many variations when it comes to cooking chicken that’s flavored with lemon. Some prefer to bake it with the lemon sauce as marinade while others quickly stir-fry the chicken and then season it after with the lemon sauce. One of the most popular ways to enjoy lemon chicken though, is the Chinese-style way of cooking just like in this recipe where the chicken is coated and fried to a crisp then coated with a thick lemon-honey sauce.


Makes 5-6 servings


1 Egg, beaten

2 Tbsps Soy sauce

3 Tbsps Chinese Shaoxing wine

2 tsps Sesame oil

  • Zest from 1 lemon

½ kilo Chicken thigh fillet (or breast fillet)

1 cup Cornstarch

½ tsp Salt

¼ tsp Ground pepper

  • Cooking oil, for frying



  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon

¼ cup Honey

½ cup Chicken stock

1 Tbsp Cooking oil

1 tsp Garlic

1-2 tsps Cornstarch slurry

  • Thin lemon slices, for garnish
  • Chopped spring onions, for garnish
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. In a bowl, combine beaten egg, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, sesame oil, and lemon zest then set aside.
  2. Slice the boneless chicken fillet into strips then marinate in the egg mixture.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cornstarch with salt and pepper. Drain marinated chicken and dredge in cornstarch.
  4. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan and then fry chicken pieces until lightly golden. Drain on paper towels then set aside.
  5. For the sauce, combine the following ingredients in a bowl: lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, and chicken stock.
  6. In a sauté pan, heat cooking oil and add garlic. Pour in lemon juice mixture and bring to a simmer. Check taste and add honey or lemon juice, according to your taste.
  7. Thicken sauce with cornstarch slurry. Just before serving, add fried chicken strips to the lemon-honey sauce and heat through.
  8. To serve, arrange some thin slices of lemon on a platter and top with chicken pieces. Garnish with chopped spring onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Recipe by Celine Clemente-Lichauco

Photographed by Mike Cuevas

Love Chinese cuisine? Then try these other dishes:

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