Chicken with Lemon Sauce

Chicken with Lemon Sauce

Wow, for the past few days I’ve actually seen the sun. Bright blue, clear skies with warm rays of sunshine beating down on this green little island. Imagine that. What better excuse than to take the dogs for a walk, let Gabriel go for a swing and me getting some fresh air and exercise. And off we went…

No, not really. The dogs dragged me along and since I’m pushing the pram it came along too. You see, Pluji and Shacia don’t come out very often so when do it’s the highlight of their week. After scanning the park for other people and dogs and getting an all clear, I let the dogs off their leashes and enthusiastically they started sniffing around for a place to poop – as usual.

All went well until I spotted a woman and her dog entering the park. Pluji has a habit of getting a bit funny with new people she meets, so immediately I put her back on a leash when she obediently came to me as called. Obedience and Shacia in the same sentence is a laughing matter. Shacia loves meeting anyone new, including dogs and always run over to newcomers in a welcoming manner to say “hello” and today she did exactly the same. When this woman saw her approaching she immediately picked up her dog and grabbed a branch close-by. WTF?!?! By the way she acted it looked as if she was seeing THIS approaching her.

Rabid Rotweiler

Wildly the woman thrashed the branch around, deterring Shacia successfully. About 5 metres away Shacia just stopped and cocked her head. You could almost see what she was thinking: You’re nuts, aren’t you? Disappointed she turned around and ran back to me for some reassurance. At least she got a chew. Thankfully the woman left a few seconds later. Since I was too far away I couldn’t immediately act on the situation, but I really felt like shoving that branch up the woman’s arse. Shacia doesn’t have a drop of aggression in her blood and if anyone could possibly die by the paws of Shacia, it would be licking. Yes, Death by Licking.


Chicken with Lemon Sauce
Serves 4
Preparation: 20 mins – Cooking: 15 minutes
  • 4 small chicken breast fillets
  • 5ml (1tsp) sesame oil
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) dry sherry
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) corn flour
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) fresh lemon juice
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) lime cordial
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) caster sugar
  • 10ml (2 tsp) corn flour
  • 90ml (6 tbsp) water
  • coriander leaves, to garnish
  • lemon wedges, to garnish
  1. Arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer in a shallow bowl. Mix the sesame oil with the sherry and add the 2.5ml/½ tsp salt and 1.5ml/¼ tsp pepper. Pour over the chicken, cover and marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix together the egg white and corn flour. Add the mixture to the chicken and turn the chicken with tongs until thoroughly coated. Heat the vegetable oil in a non-stick frying pan or wok and fry the chicken fillets for about 15 minutes until the fillets are golden brown on both sides.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Combine all the ingredients in a small pan. Add the 1.5ml/¼ tsp pepper salt. Bring to the boil over a low heat, stirring constantly until the sauce is smooth and has thickened slightly.
  4. Cut the chicken into pieces and arrange on a warm serving plate. Pour the sauce over, garnish with the coriander leaves and lemon wedges. Serve immediately.
Serving Suggestion
  • Personally, I like lots of sauce. If you do too, don’t be afraid to double the quantity; it really is that moreish.

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  1. says

    This looks terribly fresh and delicious. Much healthier than the lemon chicken that I usually pick up once in a while from our take out place!

  2. says

    I love this, it looks delicious! And simple, too. And how could any dog person be threatened by that sweet face? A non-dog person, maybe…but not someone that knows dogs. Crazy.

  3. says

    This is one great chicken…& that is one darling dog! takes all sorts to make this world I guess!! Have a good day Michelle!

  4. Diana Parker says

    After trying many recipies for lemon chicken I have to say that by far this is the best one and very easy to make for those of us who are not the best cooks!

  5. Craig says

    This is the only thing I will buy from a Chinese, and I just made this and being a novice cook, it’s very simple and tasted lovely.

    Next time I will definitely double the quantity for more sauce.

  6. David Hemming says

    Having tried many recipes for Lemon sauce over the last 20 years yours is by far the BEST. Absolutely superb!


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