Crispy Chinese Meyer Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken 1

One thing I love about my job is that it pushes me out of my comfort zone in small ways… if it were up to me, I’d leave Chinese food to the pros (and Vietnamese food, and Thai) – part of what makes it taste so good is the not knowing what exactly went into it, the experience of making ginger beef / lemon chicken / mu shu pork night after night in well-seasoned woks and skillets. Who am I to pull off a proper batch of lemon chicken? We talked about citrus on CBC this morning, and with Chinese New Year coming up on Friday, I figured I’d give it a go.

Lemon Chicken 2
Lemon chicken 3

And really, the ingredients that go into this are not at all exotic – you need not even venture down the aisle of the grocery store that has coconut milk and rice noodles and other no longer particularly extraordinary ingredients. It’s is really no more than chicken and soy sauce and lemon and honey and cornstarch – it’s all in how you put them together. Everyone liked the lemon sauce – which had the colour of unfiltered apple juice, rather than of lemon pie filling (it’s common to not use stock and add yellow food colouring) – but the chicken, which is simply marinated, dipped in cornstarch and fried, could be doused in any number of sauces – homemade or jarred sweet and sour sauce or some such.

It’s not that I want to replace Chinese takeout or food court ginger beef – but if you’re so inclined, it’s fun to DIY.




Crispy Chinese Meyer Lemon Chicken

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8 comments on “Crispy Chinese Meyer Lemon Chicken

  1. margaret
    January 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Thawing the chicken now and ready to make for supper tonite.
    Looks fabulous.

  2. Julie
    January 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Yay Margaret!

  3. vanillasugarblog
    January 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    oh that sounds so good.
    I could drink that sauce!
    I m printing this out AND will share on my friday links!

  4. CathyH
    January 28, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Would chicken breast tenders work as well as the thighs? Dinner party this weekend and may have to revamp the menu!

  5. Rose
    January 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    We love Chinese food!! The part about this that scares me is the couple inches of oil. That’s like, cups!! What to do with the oil after?

  6. Julie
    January 29, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Breast tenders would be fine Cathy! Or chicken breast… I just prefer the texture and flavour of chicken thighs.

    Rose – tossing the oil is always a pain – I pour mine into an empty milk carton to toss out. There shouldn’t be too much..

  7. Cheryl
    January 31, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I saw some chef on some chef (that helps, right?) once do at home Chinese. And she used lightly whipped egg whites with a bit of cornstarch for the coating before cooking the chicken. Gave it that batter feel without it being heavy. I’ve never been able to get it out of my mind…

    (I want to say it was someone on The Marilyn Show back in November or December.)

  8. Laurie from Richmond
    February 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Oh, that looks wonderful!
    I love chicken thighs 😀

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