Citrus Elegance: Cantonese Lemon Chicken


Experience the delicate harmony of flavors in our Citrus Elegance: Cantonese Lemon Chicken. This classic Cantonese dish is a masterpiece of contrasting textures and flavors, featuring crispy fried chicken cutlets bathed in a light, tangy lemon sauce. It's a refreshing and sophisticated dish that perfectly balances the zesty zest of lemon with the succulence of chicken.

Citrus Elegance: Cantonese Lemon Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken cutlet with sauce

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 600mg
  • Sugar: 8g


  • Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless): 4 pieces (about 600g or 1.32 lbs or 21 oz)
  • All-Purpose Flour: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Cornstarch: 50g (1.76 oz)
  • Egg: 1 large
  • Lemon Juice: 100ml (3.4 oz)
  • Sugar: 50g (1.76 oz)
  • Chicken Stock: 100ml (3.4 oz)
  • Soy Sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Lemon Zest: from 1 lemon
  • Vegetable Oil: for frying
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste
  • Fresh Lemon Slices: for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Chicken: Pound chicken to even thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge in a mixture of flour and cornstarch, then dip in beaten egg.
  2. Fry Chicken: Fry in hot oil until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Make Lemon Sauce: Combine lemon juice, sugar, chicken stock, and soy sauce in a pan. Simmer until thickened. Add lemon zest.
  4. Serve: Pour sauce over chicken cutlets. Garnish with lemon slices.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the oil is hot for a crispy coating.
  • Adjust the sweetness of the sauce according to your taste.
  • Serve immediately to maintain the crispiness of the chicken.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this gluten-free?

Yes, use gluten-free flour and cornstarch.

Can I bake the chicken instead of frying?

Yes, though frying gives the best texture.

How can I thicken the sauce more?

Dissolve a little extra cornstarch in water and add to the sauce.