Chicken with Lemon Sauce

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Do you fancy Chinese Lemon Chicken tonight? Learn how to make this Chinese takeaway recipe. This chicken with lemon sauce is to die for!



  • 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.


  • Serve on top of Pea & Egg Fried Rice.
  • Personally, I like lots of sauce. If you do too, don’t be afraid to double the quantity; it really is that moreish.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 309
  • Sugar: 12.3 g
  • Sodium: 92 mg
  • Fat: 11.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 26.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 75 mg

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