Chinese Lemon Chicken recipe on the blog today! The lemon sauce is so good you will want to use it on everything and I won’t blame you. My big and small family members absolutely love it and so will yours.
And did I mention you can literally make this amazing lemon chicken recipe in 5 easy steps?
Easy Healthy Chicken Dinner
If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I try to feed my family as healthily as possible without compromising on taste. I love to change classic recipes by giving them a healthier makeover. This recipe for Chinese lemon chicken is no different. It is so much healthier than your local takeaway and is just as tasty or maybe even tastier 🙂
Soy Sauce In Asian cooking
Asian cuisine is my favorite cuisine in the world. However, as someone who is gluten intolerant, I really have to look out for what I eat. Unfortunately, soy sauce is the most used ingredient in Asian cooking. And as we all know by now, soy sauce is not gluten-free!! You will find soy sauce in teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, black bean sauces, and kecap manis. You get the picture, right? So when ordering your favorite Chinese or Thai takeaway make sure you know what soy sauce has been used. You are in for surprise I am afraid. By the way, have a look at my Easy One-Pot Balinese Chicken to find out how you can make gluten-free kecap manis from scratch in no time.
If you would like to learn more about where else gluten might be hiding, make sure you read 6 Myths About Gluten Debunked.
Monosodium Glutamate – MSG in Asian Food
It is also no secret that many Asian foods contain MSG, monosodium glutamate. This additive with the e-number E621 is extremely controversial. I am not going into detail about the harm that MSG might cause to your health, but I personally totally avoid it and would strongly recommend you do too. I’ll make sure I write more about MSG in my upcoming posts.
Ingredients you will need
- 1/2 kg chicken thighs cut into strips (you can use chicken breast if you prefer)
- 250g button mushrooms, cut into quarters. My mushrooms were quite small, you might need to cut yours smaller then quarters if you have bigger mushrooms.
- 2 tbsp of organic tapioca flour
- 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, pressed
- 3 cm ginger, grated
- Juice of 1 lemon, fresh is the best.
- 1/2 cup of free-range or organic chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp of gluten-free soy sauce, I use tamari.
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 2 tsp organic corn starch
How to make Chinese Lemon Chicken:
- Start by mixing all sauce ingredients until everything is well combined. Set aside.
- Add tapioca flour to the chicken strips and toss it to make sure all chicken strips are coated with tapioca flour.
- Heat the olive oil in a wok or a large frying pan. Add the chicken and fry on medium-high heat until the chicken becomes golden. Add the mushrooms to the wok and fry mushrooms for a couple of minutes, until they start to become golden too.
- Push the chicken and mushroom to one side of your frying pan or wok so you have a free little area. Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and quickly fry garlic and ginger in it, until fragrant. Be careful not to burn it.
- Mix the chicken and the mushrooms with garlic and ginger.
- Add the sauce and lower the heat to low. Cook everything together for a couple of minutes, until the sauce has thickened and everything is well combined.
- Your amazing lemon chicken is ready to be served! Enjoy!
What should I serve it with?
If you don’t avoid carbs, then Basmati rice is your best choice. It tastes so good soacked into the lemon sauce! If you don’t know how to cook rice check out my post HOW TO COOK PERFECT BASMATI RICE ON THE STOVE.
How to store Lemon Chicken?
Put any leftovers into an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. Simply take it out in the morning on the day you would like to serve it and let it defrost. Heat it up in a wok or frying pan until the chicken is heated through.