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Chinese Lemon Chicken

Ingredients for 3 ~ 4

  • 1 lb. (450 grams) chicken breast or chicken tender
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil (Asian)
  • 2 tsp. rice wine(sake) or sherry
  • 2 tsp. corn starch
  • 1egg
  • 1 lemon (sliced thin)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • salad oil to fry chicken
  • 1/4 tsp. chicken bouillon in powder or granules
  • 1/4 head of lettuce

Sweet and Sour Sauce (This is more than enough for this recipe, but you can keep the left-over sauce in a glass jar in a refrigerator for months. This sauce is good for pot stickers or spring rolls. If you want to make more, use this recipe.

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup catsup
  • 3 tbsp. pineapple juice or orange juice
  • 3 tsp. vinegar (white)
  • 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. cold water

Instructions:

  1. If you have chicken breast, (Skip 1. if you have chicken tender), separate chicken pieces into two halves and open them . This levels out the thickness so they will cook evenly.
  2. Marinate chicken 30 minutes with:
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. sesame oil
    2 tsp. rice wine(sake) or sherry
    2 tsp. corn starch
  3. Wash 1/4 head of lettuce and cut it thinly and spread out on the serving plate.
  4. Slice a yellow onion.
  5. Slice a lemon thinly.
  6. Bring to boil:
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 cup catsup
    3 tbsp. pineapple juice or orange juice
    3 tsp. vinegar (white)
    1/2 tsp. soy sauce
  7. Add to thicken 1 tbsp. cornstarch mixed in 1 tbsp. cold water. Set aside.
  8. Break an egg over the marinating chicken and mix well. Dip chicken pieces in cornstarch and shallow fry.
  9. Heat a wok over a high heat. Put 2 tbsp. salad oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add sliced yellow onion and stir fry quickly at high heat to let it slightly burn. Add 1/4 tsp. chicken bouillon in powder and reduce heat to cook thoroughly. ( Don't over cook till juice comes out of onion and becomes soggy) In the last 15 seconds of stir-fry, add lemon slices.
  10. Pour the onion and fried chicken over the lettuce and pour sweet and sour sauce as needed.
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