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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bensbaby116 said...

I love the combo of lemon with chicken! Yum.

Joelen said...

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

KMAYS said...

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

Mary Ellen said...

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

Kevin said...

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