Chinese Steamed Lemon Chicken

Chinese steamed chicken with scallions
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  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Ratings (7)

Brown sugar balances the tartness of the lemon in this popular dish.

What You'll Need

  • 4-5 Boneless chicken breasts (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 2 slices ginger (minced)
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • For the Marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Garnish: green onion (spring onions or scallions) and lemon wedges

How 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 steamproof dish and pour the marinade ingredients over it. Steam the chicken until it turns white and is cooked through.
  1. 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.
  2. Serve hot with rice and stir-fried dried mushrooms. Garnish with green onion and lemon wedges.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1520
Total Fat 88 g
Saturated Fat 24 g
Unsaturated Fat 35 g
Cholesterol 523 mg
Sodium 858 mg
Carbohydrates 7 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 165 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)