Lemon Chicken is a flavorful meal that needs just a handful of ingredients! 

Tender chunks of chicken are pan-fried and tossed in a simple tangy-sweet lemon sauce. You can’t beat the flavor of fresh lemon. Serve this over rice for the perfect weeknight dinner.

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To Make Chicken Tender

Have you ever had a stir-fry and wondered how the get the meat so darn tender? Most often it’s due to a technique called velveting.

Meat (beef or chicken) is marinated in a combination of egg white, cornstarch, oil, and often other additives like vinegar. Cornstarch is a natural tenderizer (and used in this recipe as well as many other stir fry favorites and even Mongolian Beef)!

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How To Make Lemon Chicken

This easy chicken recipe is ready in just 3 simple steps!

  1. Dice chicken breasts and toss with egg mixture (per recipe below). Refrigerate while making the sauce.
  2. Stir fry the chicken in batches until golden brown.
  3. Add the sauce and cook until thick and bubbly. Toss with chicken and serve.

Pour the sauce right over if you are in a hurry, but I like to remove the chicken from the pan, deglaze the pan using the sauce, then add the chicken back in.

Garnish with lemon slices, green onion or chives and sesame seeds.

Tip: For easy cutting, freeze the chicken about 15 minutes before cutting if time allows (or cut it while it’s not completely defrosted).

It’s great alongside fresh veggies like Sesame Bok Choy or even simply steamed broccoli.

Lemon chicken in a frying pan garnished with chives and lemon slices


Lemon Chicken is a great dish to make ahead or make a double batch so that you’ll have lots of leftovers. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days for easy lunches!

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Lemon Chicken

This easy lemon recipe is a sweet zesty favorite!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound chicken breast diced
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil


  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Toss chicken with egg, cornstarch and soy sauce. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from the egg mixture allowing any excess to drip off. Add chicken in batches and stir-fry until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add sauce and simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and lemon wedges (optional)


For easy handling, place chicken in the freezer for 15 minutes before cutting (optional).
For a crispy chicken, marinated chicken can be dusted in corn starch and deep fried in small batches at 350°F for 4-5 minutes. Thicken sauce and toss with chicken.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 255 | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 812mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian Fusion

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  1. OMG, was that ever delicious!
    My boyfriend said it was the best chicken he ever had! So tender! Sauce was perfect!
    Will definitely make this again and again!5 stars

  2. This is an outstanding, simple Lemon Chicken recipe. I made it first for myself and loved it. I then made it for a small dinner party and everyone raved about it….no leftovers. The chicken is very, very tender. The one thing I did change was the size of the chicken pieces. I made larger pieces than suggested. Still worked very, very well. Bravo!!!5 stars

  3. yum, delicious! the chicken had amazing flavor and texture. i served it over lo mein noodles with steamed broccoli on the side, and it was the perfect meal!

  4. Great recipe and really nice to learn about velveting. It really works, the chicken had the perfect texture. The sauce was also spot-on to what I’ve had in Chinese restaurants. I do like a little more lemon so I squeezed some fresh lemon over the top after dishing. Thanks for the recipe, I’m sure we’ll make it again.5 stars

  5. I’m going to make this Lemon Chicken for special friends tomorrow. Serving it over a bed of Jasmine Rice.

  6. Just made the lemon chicken for supper tonight. Absolutely delicious! Easy recipe. Will definitely make again soon!

  7. Love your recipes Holy. I was recently put on a low calorie diet. Do you have any good low calorie diet recipes? Will you please write a book? Thanks5 stars