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Lemon Chicken

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6


Adapted from Red Couch Recipes

  • 3 pounds chicken cut into small pieces
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Serve over cooked rice


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking solda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Lemon Sauce

  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 9 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 tablespoon cold water


  • Place chicken in 13 x 9x 2-inch glass baking pan.
  • In separate bowl, put together the ingredients for the marinade, as listed above.
  • Turn chicken to coat both sides.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from marinade.
  • While chicken is in the refrigerator, add the lemon sauce ingredients, as listed above, except the cornstarch and the water, until mixture is brought to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan.
  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • At this point, in a small prep bowl, add the cornstarch and water together and mix well.
  • Then add cornstarch mixture to sauce.
  • Cook and stir until sauce is thickened, about 10-20 seconds.
  • Heat vegetable oil (about 2-3 inches) in an electric Wok (or other electric deep-frying appliance) to 350 degrees.
  • Dip the chicken, one piece at a time, in the batter.
  • Before you place each piece of battered chicken in the hot oil, shake off the excess batter.
  • Fry 8-10 pieces at a time, until lightly brown -- about 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove and drain chicken on a paper towel-lined jelly roll pan.
  • To keep the deep-fried chicken warm, put jelly roll pan in a 200 degree oven with foil over the top.
  • Arrange deep-fried chicken on a platter, pour Lemon Sauce over the chicken and garnish with lemon slices. I usually have extra sauce and I serve it on the side.
  • Serve with cooked rice.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 793 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 30g188%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 1711mg74%
Potassium 310mg9%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.