Chinese-Style Lemon Chicken


  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 oz. each)
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp. cornstarch, divided
  • 6 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon peel, cut into 1/2″ slices
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup oil


  1. In a large bowl, marinate chicken in soy sauce for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add water, vinegar, honey, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, lemon juice, lemon peel, and salt. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade and cut into strips. In a gallon-size plastic bag, add 1/3 cup cornstarch and chicken pieces and shake until chicken is well coated.
  4. Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Fry chicken pieces until crispy, about 12 minutes. Remove from oil and place on paper towels.
  5. Serve with lemon sauce over top.
Nutrition Information

Yield4Serving Size1 chicken breastAmount Per ServingCalories480Total Fat18gSaturated Fat2gTrans Fat0gUnsaturated Fat15gCholesterol102mgSodium829mgCarbohydrates41gFiber1gSugar35gProtein38g