I created this lemon chicken recipe earlier this year for a client and have since been making it quite a bit at home. Mr. Rasa Malaysia really likes the taste of the dish: chicken pieces deep-fried to golden brown with a light, refreshing, and addictive lemon sauce. He just can’t enough.
In my cookbook “Easy Chinese Recipes,” there is a similar recipe, but that version is mostly found in Chinese restaurants here in the US. This lemon chicken is a slight variation, which is more homey in my opinion. For the chicken coating, I usually use a basic combination of all-purpose flour and cornstarch. This will make sure that the chicken remains crispy and airy.
The lemon sauce should just lightly coat the chicken pieces so every bite of the chicken is complete with a crunchy texture, with a sweet, aromatic, and tart flavor from the lemon sauce. I also like topping the lemon chicken with some white sesame seeds. They immediately dress up the chicken with a nice presentation.
As with most Chinese recipes, this lemon chicken is just perfect with some warm and fluffy steamed white rice.
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