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Overhead view of chinese lemon chicken in a bowl over white rice and a side of steamed broccoli.

Chinese Lemon Chicken

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: 30 minutes or less, lemon chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 229 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur

This easy Chinese Lemon Chicken comes together in less than 30 minutes. The sticky, sweet, and sour sauce is so addicting and this version is made healthier! This is a classic Chinese takeout recipe, but can be easily made at home!


  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • cup (160ml) fresh lemon juice
  • cup (160ml) water
  • ½ cup (120ml) honey
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pounds (1.1kg) skinless boneless chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces


  1. In a medium bowl combine the zest, lemon juice, water, honey, cornstarch, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, and garlic; set aside.

  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat brown the chicken until no longer pink. Stir in sauce mixture and stir until thickened. Remove from heat. Serve over rice.

Recipe Notes

  1. STORAGE: Store cooled leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  2. SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve over hot cooked rice with your favortie steamed vegetable or side salad. 
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Lemon Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 301mg13%
Potassium 561mg16%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 44IU1%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.