lemon chicken

I first tried this recipe at a Chinese cookery class.  I enjoyed it so much that I made it again at home a few days later.  I've used half the amount of chicken but the same amount of everything else both times. 

Slicing the peppers and onions diagonally not only looks 'prettier' but gives a greater surface to cook so it cooks more quickly.

1kg (approx) of lean skinless chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
6 dried chinese style mushrooms or chestnut mushrooms
15g (approx) lard
root ginger, freshly peeled and chopped finely or grated the amount depends on how much you like ginger
1 red pepper, cored, de-seeded and sliced thinly
grated rind of 2 non-waxed lemons
5 spring onions, topped and tailed, peeled and sliced thinly (sliced diagonally)
4 TBS Chinese wine or dry sherry
1.5 tspn caster sugar
2 TBS light soy sauce
1 tsp cornflour mixed with 1 TBS water
1-2 TBS lemon juice
sunflower oil


Soak the dried mushrooms in boiling water for 15-20 minutes or wipe and slice fresh mushrooms.

Mix the wine or sherry with the soy sauce and caster sugar.

Line up all your prepared ingredients in a row next to your wok or stir-fry pan - chicken; lard; ginger/pepper/mushrooms; lemon rind & spring onions; sherry/soy/sugar mix; cornflour/water mix; lemon juice.

Heat some sunflower oil in the wok and stir-fry the chicken cubes for 2-3 minutes until cooked but not too coloured.  Remove from pan and put to one side.

Wipe the pan with kitchen roll then melt the lard in the cleaned pan.

Tip in the ginger/pepper/mushrooms and stir-fry for one minute.

Add the lemon rind and spring onions and stir0fry for a further minute.

Add the sherry/soy/sugar mixture and stir-fry for another minute.

Add the cornflour mixture, giving it a quick stir before tipping it in as it will have 'settled'.  Stir in for a further minute

Tip the chicken back in and heat through.

If you are serving immediately add the lemon juice now and remove from the heat straight away.  If the food is going to be reheated and eaten later don't add the lemon juice until just ready to serve as it will make the dish sour if left in too long.

Nice with plain boiled Basmati rice.

3 comments to this

ramtops said on 08 May 2006 at 10:46:09:

lovely - I adore lemon chickie, so I'm looking forward to trying this.

sasha said on 09 Jan 2009 at 13:23:45:

It looks lovely, but I wonder how necessary the lard is. It's such a small amount of lard, and I can't think of any other recipes which call for it. Do you think that a little peanut oil might fill the bill?

jacqi said on 09 Jan 2009 at 20:35:02:

Hi Sasha, I've done it with and without. I definitely prefer it with lard, but without is fine.

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