Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is very similar to the Mandarin chicken served in the malls, except I use white meat chicken. Boneless chicken thighs are what the restaurant uses. It's quick, easy and delicious. Sometimes I'll make this, then a quick trip to the local Chinese take-out for vegetable lo mein and eggrolls for a cheap, tasty Chinese meal that's almost homemade. You'll be amazed at how authentic this tastes! *Note: I have adjusted the amount of sugar to reflect comments written in reviews. If you like it sweet, use the full 2/3 cup.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 whole boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 4 equal pieces (1lb)
  • vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 23 cup sugar (or less, according to taste)
  • 14 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 12 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 12 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 14 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Spray chicken breasts with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Grill chicken breasts 4-6 minutes per side or until done (chicken should be brown in spots).
  3. Chop chicken into bite size pieces, set aside.
  4. Combine sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, oil, garlic and ginger in a small saucepan.
  5. Heat over medium until sugar is dissolved, stirring often.
  6. Bring to boil.
  7. Combine cornstarch and water.
  8. Add to sauce pan, stirring often.
  9. Reduce heat and simmer 4-6 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  10. Pour chicken into a large frying pan over medium heat.
  11. Heat until chicken sizzles, then reduce heat and pour sauce over the chicken.
  12. Heat through.
  13. Serve over white rice.


Most Helpful

Delicious! This was a cinch to make with ingredients I actually had in the house! As other commenters suggested, I only used 1/3 cup of sugar and that was plenty. I'm just sad that there won't be leftovers for lunch tomorrow. :)

raquor February 15, 2011

I love this it is so good, like everyone else I did cut the sugar in half and it was still plenty sweet so I added a little more soy sauce and lemon juice. This is for a potluck at church tonight and I can't wait so I keep sneaking little tastes.

Tara H. March 28, 2014

This made a great and fast weeknight dinner. Not having ever eaten Mandarin Chicken I wasn't sure how it should taste but I knew the ingredients list was something we'd enjoy. Not having time to grill the chicken I diced and stir fried with just a touch of Sesame Oil (about 1 teaspoon) just to give it some additional flavor. I removed the chicken and dumped in the rest of the ingredients to the pan. I started low on the sugar, 1/3 cup and after tasting knew I wanted a little more sweetness. Next time I make this I may switch the lemon juice for orange juice and add some red pepper and possibly onion just for some texture. It's a keeper. :-)

SloppyJoe March 12, 2009

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