Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins
An instant hit! 1/2 the fat of the chinese restaurant versions. This comes from Betty Crocker's Best Chicken Recipes. You won't have any leftovers!
- 4 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 cayenne pepper (1/2 tsp if you like spicier)
- cooking spray
- 1⁄2 lemon, cut into thin slices
- 1 green onion, chopped (about 1 Tbls)
Chinese Lemon Sauce
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄3 cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon cold water
- Cut each chicken breast half lengthwise. Mix egg white and water in a medium glass or plastic bowl. Add chicken; turn to coat both sides and let stand 10 minutes.
- Heat oven to 450 degrees. Spray nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray. Remove chicken from egg mixture; discard egg mixture. Mix flour, baking soda and red pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Add 1 chicken piece at a time. Seal bag; shake to coat chicken. Place chicken on cookie sheet; spray with cooking spray about 5 seconds or until surface of chicken appears moist.
- Bake uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes or until juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut. While chicken is baking, prepare Chinese Lemon Sauce. Let chicken stand 5 minutes;slice each piece into 5 slices. Pour sacue over chicken. Garnish with lemon slices and green onion.
- Chinese Lemon Sauce: Heat all ingredients except cornstarch and cold water to boiling in 1-quart suacepan, stirring occasionally. Mix cornstarch and cold water; stir into sauce. Cook and stir about 30 seconds or until thickened. Serve warm, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
- This meal is excellent with steamed broccoli.
Tried this recipe for the first time tonight. Easy to make, better than at our local good Chinese food restaurant, and liked by 2 of my 3 kids which is pretty good! I doubled the flour portion of the recipe just to make it easier to coat. Sauce was excellent and found it to be enough.
My husband and I thought this dish was excellent. I followed the directions exactly, only I added a little salt & pepper to the flour mixture, and instead of chicken broth, I used white wine, because I was too lazy to prepare the bullion cube for the chicken broth needed. The flavor was delicious. I couldn't beleive I actually had all the ingredients needed, and I am so glad I did. This will become a staple meal in our house! Thanks for posting!
I'm so glad I tried this! Excellent and I'm so glad I know this technique for baking "Fried" Chinese chicken pieces. I used three large breasts and cut them into smaller strips, then I used 2 eggs and doubled the flour and used 1.5 tsp baking soda to compensate. I put them on sprayed tinfoil on the pan and only sprayed them briefly. Swapped honey for corn syrup and would do it again. I started rice when the chicken was sitting in the egg bath and everything was ready after 15 minutes in the oven. I think you could easily make this orange chicken by using an orange in place of the lemon/zest and adding toasted sesame seeds. Thanks so much for posting this, love the technique!