The Dinner Planner

Adam Liaw's Lemon Chicken

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Servings 4


  • 2 chicken breast fillets
  • 1 tbsp  soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp shao hsing wine
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 tbsp cornflour
  •  vegetable oil for shallow frying
  • 1 iceberg lettuce shredded
  • rice to serve

Lemon sauce

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ white vinegar
  • 1  lemon juiced and grated rind
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup  chicken stock
  • 1 carrot very finely sliced
  • 2 spring onions very finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp  cornflour  mixed into 2 tbsp of cold water


  • Slice each chicken breast in half horizontally into two large, flat pieces. Toss with the soy sauce and shao hsing wine and set aside for a few minutes. Lightly whip the egg whites until just frothy then whisk through the cornflour to make a loose batter.
  • Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or wok to 170C. Dip the chicken into the batter and shake off any excess. Fry the chicken pieces for around six minutes, turning after three minutes, until lightly browned all over. Remove from the oil and drain well.
  • For the lemon sauce, bring the sugar, vinegar, lemon juice and rind, salt and stock to the boil in a small saucepan or clean wok. Add the carrot and spring onion and toss until the vegetables are softened. Drizzle in the cornflour mixture while stirring and cook for about one minute until thickened.
  •  Slice the chicken and arrange it on top of the shredded lettuce. Pour the sauce over that to serve.

Tips and Variations

VEGETARIAN - Replace the chicken with tofu

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