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
- 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
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add the chicken and saute until golden brown and cooked through and set aside.
- Add the ginger and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
- 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.)
- Pour the honey lemon sauce over the chicken.
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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.
Mmmm, this looks awesome! That photo is so tempting. 🙂
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
This sounds great! Love the ginger in the sauce too.
maybelle's mom says
I bet this is much healthier than the chinese restaurant.
Mmmmm, bookmarking this one. Sounds delish.
oh delicious! i would love this for dinner! 🙂
This looks delicious! Works perfectly too since I just bought 10 lemons at the market today.
Love the honey/lemon combo!
What a great flavor combo! We are always looking for new chicken recipes – yum!
Nina Timm says
This is a winner and a keeper for sure!!!
Wow, this looks delicious! You have a terrific blog, I am so glad I came across it!
This looks delicious!
Nicely done – very healthy looking and super lemony!
Can I come by your house for dinner?
Saee Koranne-Khandekar says
What a bright picture! Looks refreshingly good!
Lemon and chicken and honey, yum! This looks so lovely and summery!
What a beautiful and tasty dish. I love the color. Bookmarked.
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
That dish looks fabulous and very appetizing!
looks clean and tasty, great pic
Mmm, so simple yet so delicious.
What a great creation. I love lemon chicken but don't like that it is friend. I would prefer yours.
This looks DELICIOUS!! You are making me hungry.
YUM! – No make that a double yum! Lovin the idea of this Kevin.
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 says
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 says
Wow tha tplate looks so clean, delicous and bursting with flavours.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
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.
Wow, looks so tempting!
Ciao Chow Linda says
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.
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.
I LOVE this so much. Perfect for a light summer dinner.
What a perfect chicken dish and I love both honey and lemon!
Nothing wrong with a lemon kick, Kevin. Lemon is always good.
I love lemon in anything, and I'm sure with the honey and ginger this is delicious!
That chicken looks SO good and so refreshing! Yum!
Chef Jeena says
Hi Kevin how are you?
Your chicken dish looks amazing and what gorgeous flavours too!
Love your new header. 🙂
Cookin' Canuck says
Beautiful photo, as usual! This recipe sounds so tasty and I appreciate that you sauteed, rather than fried the chicken.
I will have to try this to liven up my weekday menu! Looks good.
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.
The Duo Dishes says
This looks beautiful on the plate! The colors really pop.
Made this for lunch today – Delicious!! Thanks 🙂
Morta Di Fame says
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.
Oh my this looks good. Love lemon chicken and have never tried it at home.
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 says
Mmmm I love lemon anything and I bet the honey makes it absolutely amazing!
I love the idea of this dish; it's so healthy, but has a great kick of flavor! I'll have to try this!
La Table De Nana: I have never had honey lavender chicken though I have been wanting to try cooking with lavender.
What a great, simple recipe!
I am in love with this. Great job!
I really, really want to eat this. This looks so utterly divine.
What a beautiful color. Love the ginger & lemon together!
Peter M says
Nothing wrong with a lemon kick…citrus pairs so well with poultry. I'm diggin the spike of ginger too!
sounds like a delicious light meal!
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 🙂
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!
This sounds delicious and I love the brightly colored photo!
I just made this tonight. Very flavorful and wonderful chicken. I will definitely make this again!
That's gorgeous and sounds delicious!! I've saved it to delicious and will definitely be making it!
[eatingclub] vancouver || js says
This version of honey lemon chicken looks positively scrumptious. Beats take-out any day.
This looks awesome! Yummy……………
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 🙂
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?
Sandi: I prefer to use thinner chicken cutlets as they cook through all the way quicker.
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!
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 says
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!
That looks delicious! I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!
Made these the other night with some minor tweaks. Very good! Thanks for sharing!
Sounds good, looks great.
Have a Joyful Day :~D
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.
Anonymous: Glad you enjoyed it! Adding the chicken back to the pan after deglazing it definitely works!
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!
This was delicious! My whole family loved it and it was extremely easy. Thank you!!
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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lemon chicken looks delicious and photo look very nice…….. !!!