Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lemon Chicken

I was browsing blogs for a new chicken idea when I came across
this recipe for Lemon Chicken in Kevin's blog, Closet Cooking. I liked what I saw so I put it on this week's menu.

Below is Kevin's recipe with my changes noted in italics.


  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 tbsp chicken stock (I used about 4 tbsp, maybe a touch more - I wanted more sauce)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp chili, chopped (I bought a cherry pepper - all they had at the store - and used the entire thing. It didn't have any heat at all so I added 1 tsp garlic-chili paste)
  • 1 lb chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (I used a bit less)
  • 2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (I used 2...of course)
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted (I didn't use these)


  • Mix the lemon zest, juice, chicken stock, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, and chili in a bowl (this is where I also added the garlic chili paste). Do a taste test here to balance out the tartness, saltiness, sweetness, and heat.
  • Place the chicken into mixture and marinate for 10-20 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • Add the ginger and garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute
  • Add the chicken, reserving the marinade
  • Saute the chicken until cooked, about 3-55 minutes (I figured this was a typo - I cooked it about 12 minutes). I loved how the marinade that stuck to the chicken caramelized - look:

  • Add the reserved marinade and simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 7-10 minutes (I helped it along with 2 pinches cornstarch)
  • Add the green onion, cilantro, and sesame seeds and remove from the heat.
  • Serve on rice or noodles.

I liked this! Just the right mixture of sweet and spicy, and the ginger really popped in my mouth.

Thanks for the recipe, Kevin!

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  1. I love the combo of lemon with chicken! Yum.

  2. Lemon is one of those classic things that pair so nicely with chicken. This looks delicious!

  3. Yum, this looks great. I love this kind of meal. I bet with the ginger and lemon it smelled so fragrant!

  4. Yes, it did smell amazing in my kitchen last night!

  5. I really liked that lemon chicken as well. Thanks for catching that typo.