Healthy Lemon Chicken Recipe

by katerina on July 19, 2011

This lemon chicken is neither deep-fried nor stuffed with the 1/2 cup of sugar in some recipes. Instead, it is a tart and healthy version which echoes the flavour of it’s deep-fried sugary cousin the take out Chinese Lemon Chicken.

This recipe is easy, but to make it successfully you should have everything prepped ahead of time and within reach. If you intend to serve with rice make sure it is ready before you start heating your wok!

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Healthy Lemon Chicken Recipe

(serves 2)

1 chicken breast, cut into very small, thin pieces
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oil
3 green onions
2 lemons
1 birds eye chili
1/3 cup chinese chicken stock (or regular, or water)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon corn starch (optional)

Marinate 1 teaspoon oil, corn starch, soy sauce, and chicken for 1 hour.

Juice one lemon and add to a small bowl, also add ginger, chicken stock, and the tablespoon of soy sauce. Set aside.

Wash the other lemon well and cut in half. Cut one half in wedges and reserve for garnish, cut the other half into thin slices.

Cut the white part of the green onions fine and add to the sliced lemons. Remove the seeds from the chili, chop the flesh fine and add to the lemon as well.

Slice the green part of the green onions fine and reserve for garnish.

Heat a wok to high and get prepared with the chicken, the sauce, the lemon & green onion mixture as well as the extra cornstarch just in case. Turn on your fans!

Add oil to hot wok, and when it starts to smoke, add the chicken and stir fry until no longer pink. About 2 minutes. Add the lemon slices, green onion and chilies and fry for another 15 seconds or until fragrant. Add the sauce and bring to a boil, stirring regularly. Give it a minute for chicken to cook and the sauce to thicken. If it isn't thick enough yet combine a 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch with the boiling sauce and stir it back in. Make sure you allow the mixture to come to a boil to assess the thickness. When chicken is cooked through remove from heat. Serve immediately topped with green onions and lemon wedges.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes | Total Time:20 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 280

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