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Lemon Chicken Pieces (檸汁雞块)

Lemon Chicken Pieces (檸汁雞块)

This dish is a popular Chinese recipe where chicken pieces are typically battered, fried, and then coated in a fresh and tangy lemon sauce. Here's a recipe to make Lemon Chicken at home, combining crispy chicken with a zesty lemon sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


For the Chicken:

  • 500 g boneless chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Oil for frying

For the Lemon Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water cornstarch slurry
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Salt to taste


  • Thin lemon slices
  • Chopped green onions or cilantro


Prepare the Chicken:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper.
  • Dip each chicken piece into the beaten egg, then coat with the flour mixture.
  • Set the coated chicken aside on a plate.

Fry the Chicken:

  • Heat oil in a deep skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  • Fry the chicken pieces in batches until they are golden brown and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels.

Make the Lemon Sauce:

  • In a saucepan, combine lemon juice, water, sugar, and a pinch of salt.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the lemon zest.
  • Stir in the cornstarch slurry and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens.

Combine Chicken and Sauce:

  • Toss the fried chicken pieces in the lemon sauce until they are well coated.


  • Serve the lemon chicken hot, garnished with lemon slices and chopped green onions or cilantro.
  • It pairs beautifully with steamed rice or vegetables.

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