Lemon chicken

Oh dudes, I totally found my cooking mojo this last week. There has been masses of baking and this weekend featured an explosion of new dishes which were all blindingly successful. What is not to love. I am largely indebted to Ruth at Gourmet Girlfriend for triggering this renewed vigour in the kitchen. I think we all know I ebb and flow with enthusiasm for anything, but a couple of her posts in the last two weeks just made me go – MUST.MAKE.THAT.  This lemon chicken was not one of those (hah!), it was, in fact, planned as the non-spicy dish for the rest of the family while I gorged on spicy salt and pepper tofu and Szechuan braised eggplant.

Sunshine in a fruit!

Of course I had completely forgotten Oscar has a disco so suddenly I was under the pump. The chicken was up, everything else was on hold to Saturday.

mmm deep frying

When Oscar was in hospital over New Years, a friend gifted me Neil Perry’s balance & harmony: asian food. It was an outrageously generous gift which has since sat on the shelf calling my name every since. I’m a nervous Asian cuisine cook which is silly considering how much of it I’ve cooked, I guess it’s because I rely heavily on recipes and am reticent to wing it. I knew I was going to do something with chicken wings but was sick of our standard honey soy variety so pulled the book out for some ideas.

Lemon sauce in preparation

This was so SO easy and delivered the most delicate and delicious flavours. Go on, MAKE IT. Oh – while I think of it, I did chicken wingettes not the thigh pieces as indicated in the recipe. Because I did those and made a lot more (like 1kg of wings) I did 1 1/2 times the lemon sauce. Also – in the deep-frying, I cooked them until nice and golden then put on an oven rack and popped them in the oven for another 10 minutes or so, just to ensure they were cooked through.

mmm chicken, tasty tasty chicken

 

Lemon chicken
 
A delightful mix of lemony sweetness and crispy chicken.
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Ingredients
For the chicken
  • 300 g chicken thigh fillets, skin on, trimmed into 1cm slices (I used wing pieces)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tblsp cornflour
  • vegetable oil for deep-frying (I used rice bran oil)
For the lemon sauce
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 tblsp sugar
  • 3 tblsp white vinegar
  • 3 tblsp water
  • a pinch of Szechuan pepper
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
Instructions
To cook the chicken
  1. Put the chicken pieces, egg and salt in a bowl, toss and leave for an hour
  2. Remove the chicken from the egg and toss in the cornflour until evenly coated
  3. Heat the oil in a wok until just smoking (180C) and deep fry the chicken pieces until golden brown and cooked through, then drain on paper towel
For the sauce
  1. Finely grate the zest from half a lemon then juice the whole lemon.
  2. Peel and fillet* the other lemon
  3. Put the sugar, vinegar, water, lemon fillets, zest and juice in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Bring to the boil and then remove from the heat
  5. Pour the sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with the Szechuan pepper and spring onions.

 

* I have no idea what a lemon fillet is. I peeled the lemon including all the pith and then cut segments out between the pod membrane.

 

Onward.

 

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  • trash

    I did tapas last night, it was the most fun I have had cooking for ages. Your lemon chicken looks like it could prove to be highly successful in our house.

  • Heh we once used gluten free self raising flour as it was all we had for our sweet and sour pork, and they puffed up magnificently!
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  • Oh that looks fantastic, I am going to try it!

  • a big sloppy MWAH to you ladyfriend of the awesome variety.
    Also…..I am TOTES making this on le weekend!!!!
    ZOMG!!!! how gorgeous does that look!!!!!
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  • Lucy

    Making this sauce tomorrow. (Fillet of lemon? Gimme a break Neil. Segments, Neil, segments.) Will do the panko crumb thing too. (My local pub where I chow down a revoltingly regular amount of schnitzels…they use panko crumbs too. I think we’re onto something here…)