Chinese Steamed Lemon Chicken

Chinese steamed chicken with scallions
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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 to 5 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
67 Calories
1g Fat
6g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 5
Amount per serving
Calories 67
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 183mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Brown sugar balances the tartness of the lemon in this popular lemon chicken dish. The chicken is steamed with soy sauce, dry sherry, and ginger.


For the Chicken

  • 4 to 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 slices ginger, minced

  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the Marinade:

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients. Place the chicken in a bowl with the lemon juice. Add the marinade ingredients and sprinkle the ginger pieces over the chicken.

  2. Marinate the chicken for about 20 minutes.

  3. Steam the chicken. If using the wok to steam the chicken, place the chicken on a steam proof dish and pour the marinade ingredients over it. Steam the chicken until it turns white and is cooked through.

  4. If using a commercial steamer, prepare according to the steamer directions. Depending on the type of steamer, you may not be able to pour the marinade over the chicken before steaming. If that is the case, reserve the marinade and steam the chicken according to the manufacturer's instructions. Bring the reserved marinade to a boil and pour over the chicken just before serving.

  5. Serve hot with rice and stir-fried dried mushrooms. Garnish with green onion and lemon wedges.