I woke up today wanting orange chicken. Then I realized I didn’t have any oranges. So I racked my brain for potential alternative. I settled on a lemon alternative because in all honesty, lemons are plentiful on the tree we have outside. I figured it’s always good to have a alternative. Then I realized its Friday. Which is my usual grocery shopping day so I wasn’t in quite the pickle I initially assessed. But true to form after working out how id fry up some garlic and chilis, add some fresh lemon juice then thicken it up with honey I couldn’t get the ” What could have been” for this recipe out of my head. I’m glad I stuck with my gut because this lemon chicken is some stiff competition for the traditional orange. Check it out and let me know what you think.
6 Chicken Breast, cut into small bites
4c Cooking Oil
Green Onion, chopped- Garnish
Basil, torn- Garnish
Lemon Thai Chili Sauce
2c Lemon Juice
1Tb Rice Vinegar
1Tb Ginger, grated
10 Cloves Garlic, sliced
3 Thai Chilis, sliced
1Tb Lemon Zest
1Tb Cooking Oil
1Tb Soy Sauce
1Tb White Sugar
SEASON CHICKEN: Season cut up chicken generously with salt and pepper. Incorporate the two eggs and let sit.
MAKE SAUCE: To make sauce add oil to a pan at medium high heat. Add in garlic and chilis. Cook for about 5 minutes. Till it starts to brown from the frying. Once garlic is cooked add in lemon juice, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, salt, sugar, zest, and ginger. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes. Once reduce by 1/4. Scoop 1/4 of a cup of the sauce in a measuring cup then add in cornstarch. Once cornstarch is mixed and not clumped return back to the pot and let simmer for 5 more minutes.
HEAT OIL: Heat cooking oil till temperature reached 375.
DREDGE CHICKEN: Combine the cornstarch with the flour. Toss in chicken till its coated.
FRY CHICKEN: Working in batches, fry chicken for about 8 minutes. Till it floats and is golden brown. ( Cooking times vary depending on size of the chicken)
TOSS CHICKEN: Remove chicken straight from oil using a slotted spoon. Toss straight into sauce.
PLATE: Serve chicken over steamed white rice. Sprinkle on some green onions and fresh basil.
4 responses to “Sticky Lemon Thai Chili Fried Chicken”
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Your personal recipe? That’s awesome!
Me either till I made it up! I know you like the heat but If you like orange chicken and lemons you’ll like this.
Never had it but looks like I need to.