Zesty Lemon Chicken Delight


Experience the refreshing and vibrant flavors of Zesty Lemon Chicken Delight, a dish that perfectly balances tender, juicy chicken with a tangy lemon sauce. This delightful recipe is a favorite for its simplicity and burst of citrusy goodness, making it a fantastic choice for both weeknight dinners and special gatherings.

"A plate of Zesty Lemon Chicken Delight featuring golden-brown chicken pieces glazed in a glossy lemon sauce, garnished with fresh lemon slices and chopped parsley. The dish is served over a bed of steaming white rice, with a side of vibrant green broccoli. The background showcases a rustic wooden table with a small bowl of extra lemon sauce and a scattering of fresh lemon halves, emphasizing the fresh and zesty nature of the dish."

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 plate (about 250 g)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sodium: 700 mg


  • 1 lb (450 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (slurry)
  • Sliced lemon and chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Cooked rice or noodles, for serving

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Chicken: In a bowl, toss the chicken pieces with 1/4 cup of cornstarch until evenly coated.
  2. Cook the Chicken: Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook until golden and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  3. Make the Sauce: In the same pan, add the minced garlic and grated ginger, sautéing for about 1 minute until fragrant. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, and lemon zest. Stir well to combine.
  4. Thicken the Sauce: Bring the sauce to a simmer. Add the cornstarch slurry and stir until the sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Combine and Serve: Return the cooked chicken to the pan, tossing to coat it well in the sauce. Cook for another 2 minutes until the chicken is heated through. Garnish with sliced lemon and chopped parsley. Serve hot over cooked rice or noodles.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Balance the Flavors: Taste the sauce before adding the chicken and adjust the sweetness or tanginess by adding more honey or lemon juice as needed.
  • Even Coating: Ensure the chicken pieces are evenly coated with cornstarch for a perfect crispy texture.
  • Garnish Generously: Fresh lemon slices and parsley not only add visual appeal but also enhance the flavor with a burst of freshness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

  • Yes, chicken thighs can be used for a juicier and more flavorful result.

What can I use instead of honey?

  • You can substitute honey with maple syrup or agave nectar.

How do I store leftovers?

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave.

Bring a touch of brightness to your meals with this Zesty Lemon Chicken Delight. With its tantalizing lemon sauce and tender chicken pieces, this dish is a sure way to bring joy and flavor to your dining table. Whether it’s a casual dinner or a special occasion, this recipe is bound to become a cherished favorite.