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Lemon flavor is very complementary in chicken dishes. This page contains lemon chicken recipes.


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This chicken and cream sauce is wonderful served over a bed of basmati rice that has been cooked in chicken broth with a splash of lemon juice added, or over buttered egg noodles.



Combine the 1/2 cup of flour, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; add chicken and coat well.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium/medium-high heat and cook the chicken for 8 to 9 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove chicken and keep warm.

Add broth to the drippings. Bring to a boil over medium heat and stir, loosening browned bits from pan. Simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes or until broth is reduced to 1/3 cup. Stir in the 3/4 cup cream and lemon juice and cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes.


Stir in the remaining flour and 1/4 cup cream in the skillet until smooth and bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes, stirring, or until thickened. Return chicken to the skillet, heat through and serve.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 cut up chicken
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. shortening
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1/4 cup thin sliced green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 2 Tbsp. snipped parsley


Combine flour, 1 tsp. salt and paprika in paper bag. Brush chicken with lemon juice. Add 2-3 pieces of chicken at a time to the bag and shake well. Brown chicken slowly in hot shortening.

Dissolve bouillon cube in 1/4 cup water; pour over chicken. Stir in green onions, lemon peel and any remaining lemon juice.


Cover; reduce heat. Cook over low heat until chicken is tender, 40-45 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Makes 4 servings.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, skinned
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse chicken; pat dry. Arrange chicken in 8x12 baking pan. Combine 2/3 cup parsley, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, oil, 1/3 cup pecans, lemon juice, basil and garlic in blender container. Process until blended. Spread over chicken. Chop remaining parsley. Combine with remaining Parmesan cheese and remaining pecans in bowl. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake for 30 minutes. May microwave on high for 5-6 minutes or until cooked through.


By Robin from Washington, IA

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Place chicken in baking dish with lid. Sprinkle with salt, and pepper. Top with mushrooms. Mix together the bouillon cube, hot water, lemon juice, and margarine. Slowly pour over chicken.

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Combine first 6 ingredients for marinade. Marinate chicken overnight (or all day). Cook chicken on grill, basting with marinade. Or may broil or bake in oven, as you would normally do chicken.

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June 20, 2008

In a shallow dish or plastic bag, combine all ingredients except chicken. Mix well and add chicken pieces. Cover dish, marinate in refrigerator 4 hours or overnight.

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Put oil in pan, add paprika,, salt, pepper, and place chicken in pan. Add oregano, lemon peel and lemon juice on the chicken.


Add rice and chicken broth. Cover and cook med-high for 30 minutes.

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March 19, 2008

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash chicken pieces and pat dry. Place chicken in shallow pan. In small saucepan, melt margarine. Stir in mustard, lemon juice, tarragon and salt.

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In a pressure cooker, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender; remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Brown the chicken, a few pieces at a time, in the cooker. Return onion mixture and all chicken to pan.

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Does anyone have a recipe for Lemon Chicken where the lemon sauce tastes like Lemon Meringue pie? There was a Chinese restaurant here that use to serve it, and it was delicious.


Donna from Greensburg, IN


By Gloria (Guest Post)
August 29, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, that sounds great. What about using the lemon meringue pie recipe using a little less sugar and corn starch.

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

I have searched every chicken recipe known to cookbooks there is only lemon chicken recipe that I can find in the cookbook Not Just beans and Cooking for Joy. You will have to go to that restaurant and ask the cook/chef for the recipe. He must have made it up, and it was edible, so they served it, or she. I do hope others can help you as I wasn't that helpful sorry, but you can look up those two cookbooks for lemon chicken breast recipe. It is really good.

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By Robin (Guest Post)
August 29, 20070 found this helpful

This sounds close:

Lemon Chicken (Adapted from Chinese Cookery by Rose Cheng and Michele Morris)

1 tsp salt
4 tsp rice wine or dry sherry, (I've also used rice wine vinegar)
2 tsp soy sauce
1 egg yolk
Freshly grated pepper

Lemon sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 T water
1/2 tsp salt
1 T cornstarch
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon

6 T cornstarch
2 T all purpose flour
1 lb skinned, boned chicken breasts, cut into strips

Combine chicken and marinade in a medium bowl and mix well. Cover and let stand 30 minutes.
Combine the ingredients of the lemon sauce in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally and more often when nearing the boiling point. Once sauce has thickened, remove from the heat and cover.
Mix together the flour and cornstarch for the chicken coating and pour it into a clean plastic bag. After the chicken has been marinating for 30 minutes remove the pieces of chicken from the bowl and place them in a plastic bag with the flour and cornstarch. Gather the top closed and shake the bag to coat the chicken strips.
Heat enough oil to coat the bottom of a large heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat and then drop in the coated chicken strips. They will only take a couple minutes to cook and you should flip them over half way through. Remove the chicken from the oil and drain on a paper towel.
Once you have cooked all of the chicken, transfer it to a serving bowl and coat with the lemon sauce. Serve over rice with any extra lemon sauce poured on top. Toasted sesame seeds and lemon slices are optional garnishes.

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

Use Jello Lemon Pudding and Pie Filling mix and add the juice of one lemon. Thin it out a little.

OR use Yoplait Lemon Meringue Yoghurt.

PLUS ask the chef.

I am an Executive Chef. I subcontract EVERYTHING. lol

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August 30, 20070 found this helpful

The recipe is for Lemon Chicken and you can find it on

It is just what you find in the Chinese restaurants. Good Luck.

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By Joyce (Guest Post)
August 30, 20070 found this helpful

Deep-Fried Lemon Chicken
Crispy Chunks of Chicken in Sweet Lemon Sauce

Serves 2-3

2 bell peppers, (1 green and 1 red)
1 lb
(500 g) boneless chicken breast

1/2 cup
(50 g) flour
1/4 cup
(40 g) cornstarch
1/2 tsp
(2.5 ml) double-acting baking powder
1/4 tsp
(1 ml) salt
1/2 tsp
(2.5 ml) vegetable oil

1 lemon
3 Tbsp
(40 g) sugar
1/2 cup
(12 cl) water
1 tsp
(5 ml) cornstarch
2 tsp
(10 ml) water
sprigs of parsley
Wash and seed the peppers. Cut each one into strips 2 x 1/4 inches (5 cm x 5 mm)
Cut the boneless chicken breast into strips 3 x 1/2 inches (1 x 8 cm)
Prepare the batter by mixing in a bowl the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, water, and oil. Stir until smooth.
Cut half of the lemon into thin semicircular slices. Prepare the lemon sauce by squeezing the juice from the other half of the lemon and combining in a cup with the sugar and water. Stir well.
Combine 1 tsp (5 ml) cornstarch and 2 tsp (10 ml) water in a second cup. This mixture will be used later to thicken the lemon sauce.
Dip each piece of chicken in the batter and let the excess drip back into the bowl.
Deep fry the chicken in small batches. It is best to use an electric deep fryer, but if this is not available, heat 1 quart (1 liter) of vegetable oil in a wok or deep pan until it is very hot. Then add about 5 pieces of chicken at a time to the oil and cook, covered, for about 5 minutes or until a golden brown crust forms. Check once a minute to see if the pieces are sticking together, and if so, separate them. After each batch is finished, set aside on a paper towel to drain off the excess oil.
Cook the lemon sauce by pouring the lemon-sugar mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the cornstarch-water mixture and stir until thickened.
To please the eye as well as the palate, mix up the chicken and colored pepper pieces and pile on a plate. Top with sprigs of parsley and place the lemon slices around the outside of the plate. Put the hot lemon sauce in a cup so that people can pour it over their chicken just before eating, to keep it crispy.

Serve with rice. Don't forget to start the rice so that it will be done at the same time as the chicken.

A nice-looking dish for company. The deep-fried chicken pieces can also be served as party snacks instead of junk food.
Difficulty: With an electric deep fryer, easy; without one, moderate.
Time: 45 minutes.
Precision: Measure the batter ingredients.

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August 30, 20070 found this helpful

Hi. Thanks for all the help! I will have to try some of these and see which is closest. I can't go back to that restaurant and ask for a recipe because it is long gone, replaced by a big Chinese buffet. Besides, I think that there is a possibility that the restaurant used a packaged mix brought by a supply truck. But some of these recipes sound like they might work. Donna

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May 10, 2010

Here's an excellent Lemon Chicken recipe I've made for a couple of decades. It sounds like a lot of work but it really isn't and the end results are yummy, very healthy and well worth the effort. I choose to cook it in a wok but a large skillet will do just fine. You can freeze leftovers if you wish to :-)


  • 4 whole chicken breasts, boned skinned and cut in to bite size pieces (of course, you can buy already skinned and boned breasts)
  • 4 Tbsp. peanut oil
  • 2 tsp. corn starch, plus 1 Tbsp. mixed with one Tbsp. water
  • 3 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1 lb fresh snow peas
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Rice of your choosing


Toss chicken bites with 2 Tbsp. oil and 2 tsp cornstarch. Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. peanut oil in wok or skillet. Stir fry chicken about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon rind and then add chicken stock and snow peas. Stir fry 1 minute.

Combine lemon juice with cornstarch and water paste, add to wok and stir fry until sauce has thickened.

Serve over rice

Bon Appetite ;-)

Source: Have been making it for so long that I don't remember but fairly certain it was from a magazine.

By Deeli from Richland, WA


Lemon Chicken

This sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it. (01/12/2009)

By Fionar Booker

Lemon Chicken

Forgot to say thanks for sharing it with us, too. (01/12/2009)

By Fionar Booker

Lemon Chicken

Ooh this sounds like I would like to throw a handful of cashews in it! (01/13/2009)


Lemon Chicken

I want to thank the Guest Poster very much for suggesting cashews! In all the years I've made this dish I never thought to try that! I'll be doing it the next time and maybe even with skinless peanuts in the batch after that but both unsalted so as not to upset the lemon flavoring :-) (01/14/2009)

By Deeli

Lemon Chicken

Yum ,Deeli. I will sprinkle a few Craisins on top too.
GG Hugs, Vi (01/21/2009)

By Vi Johnson

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