Mom's Lemon Chicken

READY IN: 1hr 20mins

This was my mother's recipe, and there was just something about the way she made it, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I hope you will try it and like it as much as I do.

Top Review by scancan

Finally, a real Chinese tasting lemon chicken with just an amazing flavor! I so loved this and so did the kids despite it being too spicy for them. Next time I'll decrease the amount of hot pepper and I did not use the star anise which I don't like but I'll definitely be making this again! 10/16/08 edit: I just wanted to add that I have made this several times now and I find that it tastes best when the ginger is not crushed, just briefly cooked in the sauce and then removed otherwise it does get a bit overpowering unless you are completely enthralled with ginger than it probably wouldn't matter.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dredge chicken pieces in flour or cornstarch and brown in oil.
  2. Make braising liquid which consists of:.
  3. 4 tablespoons sherry.
  4. 4 tablespoons soy sauce.
  5. 1/4 teaspoons sugar.
  6. 2 cloves garlic, crushed.
  7. 1 slice fresh ginger, crushed.
  8. 1 teaspoons sesame oil.
  9. 2 whole star anise.
  10. 2 dried red chili peppers, broken in half.
  11. Pour over browned chicken pieces for about 15 minute or until tender.
  12. Combine 3/4 cup lemon juice and 3/4 cup sugar to make lemon sauce. Simmer for 10 minute.
  13. Meanwhile combine 2 teaspoons cornstarch and 2 teaspoons water, add to lemon -sugar mixture and cook until clear. Add grated lemon rind and pour over chicken.
  14. Garnish with green onions.

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