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Honey Lemon Chicken

Honey Lemon Chicken


I seem to have been on quite the lemon kick lately! This week it's a honey lemon chicken which is a dish that I enjoy ordering when eating out at Chinese restaurants. I thought that I would try my hand at making it at home and I wanted to try keeping it on the lighter side. Normally the honey lemon chicken comes fried in a crispy batter but I decided to go with simply sauteing the chicken. I cooked the chicken as the full breast and then sliced it as that is how it normally comes but I was thinking that you could easily cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, add some vegetables and turn this into more of a stir-fry. Next up was the sauce which I kept nice and simple with pretty much just the honey and the lemon. I did add a bunch of ginger for a bit of a kick though. The honey lemon chicken was a snap to make and it turned out really well. Lemon pairs well with honey and works surprisingly well in savoury dishes like this. I served the honey lemon chicken with some steamed broccoli and some brown rice which did an excellent job of soaking up all of the extra sauce.

Honey Lemon Chicken

(makes 4 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
1 lemon (juice and zest)
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
2. Heat the oil in a pan.
3. Add the chicken and saute until golden brown and cooked through and set aside.
4. Add the ginger and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
5. Add the lemon juice and zest, honey, stock, salt and pepper and reduce to thicken. (Note: Do a taste test here to make sure that the lemon and honey balance nicely.)
6. Pour the honey lemon sauce over the chicken.

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75 comments:

Lori said...

This looks totally scrumptious. You make everything look so delicious. This sounds like a great recipe.

Hey I was in your neck of the woods the other day. I just love Toronto. We spent most of the day on Spadina.

Sara said...

Mmmm, this looks awesome! That photo is so tempting. :)

Jo said...

OMG can you please come and cook at my house?

This dish looks like a meal my whole family would enjoy.... another dish of yours for my every growing "to cook" list!

Take care - Jo

lisa said...

This sounds great! Love the ginger in the sauce too.

maybelle's mom said...

I bet this is much healthier than the chinese restaurant.

kitchenetta said...

Mmmmm, bookmarking this one. Sounds delish.

Ginny said...

oh delicious! i would love this for dinner! :)

Psychgrad said...

This looks delicious! Works perfectly too since I just bought 10 lemons at the market today.

Donna-FFW said...

Love the honey/lemon combo!

Kerstin said...

What a great flavor combo! We are always looking for new chicken recipes - yum!

Nina Timm said...

This is a winner and a keeper for sure!!!

Carrie said...

Wow, this looks delicious! You have a terrific blog, I am so glad I came across it!

Gabby said...

This looks delicious!

Allen said...

Nicely done - very healthy looking and super lemony!

♥peachkins♥ said...

*drool*
Can I come by your house for dinner?

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

What a bright picture! Looks refreshingly good!

Irene said...

Lemon and chicken and honey, yum! This looks so lovely and summery!

Pam said...

What a beautiful and tasty dish. I love the color. Bookmarked.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That dish looks fabulous and very appetizing!

Cheers,

Rosa

mattabar said...

looks clean and tasty, great pic

gaga said...

Mmm, so simple yet so delicious.

Helene said...

What a great creation. I love lemon chicken but don't like that it is friend. I would prefer yours.

Ellie said...

This looks DELICIOUS!! You are making me hungry.

Jan said...

YUM! - No make that a double yum! Lovin the idea of this Kevin.

Joanne said...

Lemon is an awesome thing to be on a kick with! I love lemon chicken from Chinese restaurants, thanks for the at-home version.

La Table De Nana said...

I am CERTAIN I would love this..

Now could you please recreate Honey Lavender Chicken ..like the one I had in Provence? Juicy like this photo of yours..but honey lav! I have tried 2 authentic recipes..to no avail:(

You are really good at recreating!

Happy cook said...

Wow tha tplate looks so clean, delicous and bursting with flavours.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I don't think there is such a thing as too much lemon. I keep a large bowl of lemons on my countertop at all times, right next to the onions -- both essential for my cooking.

Anncoo said...

Wow, looks so tempting!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Gorgeous photo. WHen I first saw it, I thought, oh no, preserved lemons and I don't have any. I was glad to read the recipe and see it's just ordinary lemon that I have access to. another winner Kevin.

Jescel said...

very clever of you, doing away with the breading! haven't had honey chicken in whole pieces though, hehehe... but this looks real good. and you're right, honey+lemon+ginger is a winning combo all the time.

zoe said...

I LOVE this so much. Perfect for a light summer dinner.

Debbie said...

What a perfect chicken dish and I love both honey and lemon!

Sylvie said...

Nothing wrong with a lemon kick, Kevin. Lemon is always good.

elly said...

I love lemon in anything, and I'm sure with the honey and ginger this is delicious!

Kelly said...

That chicken looks SO good and so refreshing! Yum!

Chef Jeena said...

Hi Kevin how are you?

Your chicken dish looks amazing and what gorgeous flavours too!

Love your new header. :-)

Cookin' Canuck said...

Beautiful photo, as usual! This recipe sounds so tasty and I appreciate that you sauteed, rather than fried the chicken.

Peabody said...

I will have to try this to liven up my weekday menu! Looks good.

Jeff said...

There is nothing wrong with being on a lemon kick and seriously I think on some cosmic level we are related because I have been addicted to lemons too.

I like the non battered aspect especially being Spring time and have to go look.

Nicely done!

The Duo Dishes said...

This looks beautiful on the plate! The colors really pop.

Sarah said...

Made this for lunch today - Delicious!! Thanks :)

Morta Di Fame said...

Looks so good and orange my favorite color. My BF was looking over my shoulder and saw the tilapia post below and said, "Make that!" He is getting sick of all my veggies and your meat dishes always look fantastic! He is the harshest food critic so be flattered.

George said...

Oh my this looks good. Love lemon chicken and have never tried it at home.

Ninette said...

You are very talented, Kevin. That's all I'm going to say this time because I know I'll be back!

We Are Not Martha said...

Mmmm I love lemon anything and I bet the honey makes it absolutely amazing!

Sues

Lynda said...

I love the idea of this dish; it's so healthy, but has a great kick of flavor! I'll have to try this!

Kevin said...

La Table De Nana: I have never had honey lavender chicken though I have been wanting to try cooking with lavender.

Pam said...

What a great, simple recipe!

Sara said...

I am in love with this. Great job!

Kay said...

I really, really want to eat this. This looks so utterly divine.

Soma said...

What a beautiful color. Love the ginger & lemon together!

Peter M said...

Nothing wrong with a lemon kick...citrus pairs so well with poultry. I'm diggin the spike of ginger too!

Cara said...

sounds like a delicious light meal!

cb said...

Made this tonight and it was fabulous! Steamed up some broccoli on the side and made some couscous to soak of the juices! Fabulous!! Thank you :)

Erin said...

Oh yum! This looks good. My SO is supposed to hook me up with some homemade honey from a coworker. As soon as I get it, I want to try this!

Phoo-D said...

This sounds delicious and I love the brightly colored photo!

theskylitup said...

I just made this tonight. Very flavorful and wonderful chicken. I will definitely make this again!

Spryte said...

That's gorgeous and sounds delicious!! I've saved it to delicious and will definitely be making it!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

This version of honey lemon chicken looks positively scrumptious. Beats take-out any day.

anuradha said...

This looks awesome! Yummy...............
Sounds great...

Nicole said...

Delicious!! Made this last night. I added 1 clove of garlic and one sprig of spring onion for extra texture/taste.
Thanks for sharing!!! I even told everyone about it on my blog :)

Sandi said...

this looks amazing Kevin. I want to make it tomorrow....can you tell me if you use the thin chicken cutlets or the thick ones?

Thanks

Kevin said...

Sandi: I prefer to use thinner chicken cutlets as they cook through all the way quicker.

Anonymous said...

Hi, just cooked this for dinner. Delicious. I stumbled
onto your blog while looking for a recipe for chicken
breasts. Thanks for saving us from a boring chicken dinner!

Beth said...

Just made this with lime -- very good but I think with the lime it could have used a little more honey. I will definately make this again with lemon or maybe orange...triple sec or Grand Marnier too? I'm thinking quesadilla with the 1 breast I have leftover.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Cora @ Cora Cooks said...

Made this tonight and loved it. Added a little sherry to the sauce. The honey and sherry gave it a smooth lemony flavor with a little depth to the finish. Served it with roasted brussels sprouts and fried brown rice with carrots and snow peas. Definitely will make it again!

Josie said...

That looks delicious! I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!

Cindy said...

Made these the other night with some minor tweaks. Very good! Thanks for sharing!

CharlesR said...

Kevin:
Sounds good, looks great.

Have a Joyful Day :~D
Charlie

Anonymous said...

I made the Honey Lemon Chicken. It was fantastic. My husband really liked it. But I think the next time I make it, I will put the chicken back in the sause while it is reducing. But the taste is fantastic. Thanks Kevin.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Glad you enjoyed it! Adding the chicken back to the pan after deglazing it definitely works!

Anonymous said...

This was an EXCELLENT dish! I doubled the sauce and seared the chicken first; set aside then added the ingredients. I let it reduce a little, added the chicken back in pan and finished the cooking process in the oven with the juices. YUMMY!

Anonymous said...

This was delicious! My whole family loved it and it was extremely easy. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight, with great enthusiasm. I would highly recomment reuducing or even elimnating the lemon rind, not the juice. Overpowering as in the recipe. And, also might want to increase the honey. Recommend starting with half the lemon, and go from there... Delicious once I finally figured out (to me taste), the proportions.

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