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Chinese Takeout Lemon Chicken

Rated as 3.5 out of 5 Stars

"This lemon chicken is for when you're craving Chinese food, but no one delivers. Serve with rice and vegetables."
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45 m servings 532
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Mix flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cloves together in a flat dish.
  2. Beat eggs and lemon zest together in another flat dish. Add panko bread crumbs to a third shallow dish.
  3. Dip each chicken breast into the flour mixture, followed by the egg mixture and the panko mixture to coat thoroughly.
  4. Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat. Pan-fry chicken in batches until browned and no longer pink in the center, turning as needed, 15 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  5. While the chicken is cooking, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Let it start to warm.
  6. Whisk lemon juice and cornstarch together in a bowl. Add to the heated syrup and whisk to combine. Slowly turn up the heat until sauce boils and thickens.
  7. Pour the desired amount of sauce over each chicken breast and serve.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If breading begins to brown too quickly, remove from oil and heat in an oven at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 532 calories; 9.2 85.5 33.1 158 707 Full nutrition

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Better than take out.

Made as written and everything came together just as it was supposed to. The problem is in the sauce. It was entirely too sweet and tasted like a very thick sugary lemonade. I would recommend re...