Chef John

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30+ years of experience in the culinary industry

Lemon Chicken

Crispy battered chicken pieces smothered in a sweet and tangy lemon sauce, this lemon chicken is easy to make and perfect for a weeknight dinner! It is one of Chef John's most popular main dish chicken recipes.

CUISINES: Chinese
LEVEL: EASY
TIME: 30 min
SERVING: 2 People
INGREDIENTS:
LET'S START
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Cut the lemon (first peeled and shred) to thin slices, and squeeze lemon meat into juice.
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Prepare lemon sauce: in a mixing bowl, add thinly sliced lemon silk, sugar, white vinegar, honey, lemon, and custard powder. Stir to mix evenly.
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Cut the chicken breast into thin slices and use the back of the knife pounding on each piece to tenderize the meat.
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In a mixing bowl, marinated chicken breasts with salt, Shaoxing wine, black pepper powder, cornstarch, custard powder, and egg.
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Coating: Put starch in the tray so that each piece of chicken can be evenly coated with starch.
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In a heated work, deep-fry the chicken at oil temperature 300-350°F (150-180°C)  until slightly golden. Remove from oil. Wait a couple of minutes (this is to let the oil temperature goes up a little.)
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Re-fry quickly until golden. Remove and drain with a strainer.
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Pour the prepared lemon sauce to skillet, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Stir to loosen particles from bottom of skillet.
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Pour the sauce over chicken. Serve immediately.
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Enjoy!