Chinese Lemon Chicken

Chefs in Chinese restaurants commonly prepare two different types of Chinese lemon chicken all around the world. One version is they deep fry the chicken pieces, then drizzle with a thick and sweet lemon sauce. Then they sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the chicken. Another version especially popular in Australia is whereby they coat the chicken breasts in batter, deep frying them. Then serve with lemon-glazed sauce.

Gluten Free Chinese Lemon Chicken

For my gluten free Chinese Lemon Chicken recipe of this well-liked Chinese takeout dish. I am pan frying the chicken breasts marinated with spices and coated with corn starch or potato starch. Then I serve the chicken with a lemon-glazed sauce. This Chinese lemon chicken recipe is not only gluten free. But also low carb, dairy free, nut free, soy free and egg free.

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Chinese Lemon Chicken Gluten Free

Nutritional Values and Health Benefits of Chicken Breasts

Boneless and skinless chicken breasts have constantly been a favourite white meat for lean proteins. Not only highly versatile and delicious, chicken breasts have plenty of nutritional and health benefits. Chicken breasts are an abundant source of vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). As well as phosphorus, potassium and selenium.

The overall health benefits of chicken breasts may include:

  • Reduce risks of cancer;
  • Aid in weight loss;
  • Promote cardiovascular health; and
  • Lower the risks of strokes.
Chinese Lemon Chicken Gluten Free

Nutritional Values and Health Benefits of Lemon

Lemon (Citrus limon) is an edible fruit that belongs to the genus of small evergreen tree. In the flowering plant rue family named Rutaceae. Other Citrus genus include oranges, limes, citrons, grapefruit, pomelos and mandarin oranges plus tangerines. Likewise, it originated from Southeast Asia. Besides, farmers have cultivated lemon for more than 4000 years. In culinary uses, they use lemon for the juice and garnish for drinks, as condiments and salad dressings. Moreover, they use lemon to enrich the flavours of poultry, fish, and vegetable dishes globally. Furthermore, they use lemon juice as a main ingredient in many desserts and pastries. For example, lemon bars, lemon curd, lemon tarts and lemon meringue pie. In addition, lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C and moderate source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and potassium.

The many health benefits of lemon may include:

  • Help prevent kidney stones;
  • Reduce cardiovascular diseases and strokes;
  • Decrease risk of cancers;
  • Treat indigestion and constipation; and
  • Prevent risk of anaemia by aiding the absorption of iron.
Chinese Lemon Chicken Gluten Free
Chinese Lemon Chicken Gluten Free
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Chinese Lemon Chicken

This Chinese lemon chicken is a simple and popular Chinese takeout dish. Pan fried juicy chicken breasts served with fragrant lemon sauce.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine Chinese
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie
Keyword Allergy Friendly, Chicken, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lemon, Low Carb, Nut Free, Soy Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 308.95kcal
Author Daphne Goh

Ingredients

  • rice bran oil for pan frying
  • 1.3 kg boneless chicken breasts trimmed and cut into half diagonally across the chicken breasts
  • corn starch or potato starch. For coating the chicken
  • lemon slices as garnish (optional)
  • steamed basmati rice to serve

For The Marinade:

For the Lemon Sauce:

Instructions

  • In a small pot, add all the ingredients for the lemon sauce except the corn starch. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat to low. Add in the corn starch mixture, stirring frequently. Combine and mix until the lemon sauce has thickened. (note that the lemon sauce will thicken further when it cools down). Set aside in a small bowl.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, marinade the chicken with the marinade prepared. Rub and mix well into the chicken pieces. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Lightly coat the chicken pieces with corn starch or potato starch shake off excess.
  • Heat up a non-stick frying pan with some rice bran oil and pan fry the chicken pieces for 3 minutes on each side or until chicken are golden brown. Pan fry in 3 to 4 batches, adding more rice bran oil as needed.
  • Pre-heat fan forced oven to 160C or 320F. Place the chicken pieces in a non-stick Large Baking Pan lined with baking paper. Bake the chicken pieces for 8 minutes or until the chicken pieces are well browned.
  • Cut the chicken into bite size pieces, serve with lemon sauce and steamed basmati rice.
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Lemon Chicken
Serving Size
 
1 people
Amount per Serving
Calories
308.95
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15.17
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
4.36
g
27
%
Trans Fat
 
0.17
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3.23
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6.23
g
Cholesterol
 
104
mg
35
%
Sodium
 
731.68
mg
32
%
Potassium
 
403.65
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
7.08
g
2
%
Fiber
 
0.34
g
1
%
Sugar
 
4.83
g
5
%
Protein
 
34.05
g
68
%
Vitamin A
 
260.62
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
5.38
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
25.87
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1.65
mg
9
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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