Monday, July 13, 2009

Lemon Chicken

Chinese restaurants give me the willies. I get sick just smelling the food. I have learned to stay away. Their low quality ingredients combined with the fact that their oil is used and reused over and over again until even their highly flavored, MSG laden sauces can no longer cover up the rancid flavor.

Did you know that grocery stores used to sell straight MSG? Now that the majority of the public knows that it is harmful it is hidden in common products and companies hope people don’t read labels and if they do at least they are not able to understand what they read.

The whole concept of chicken and vegetables with (brown) rice is a good one though, so we recreate.

1/2 cup corn starch
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, whisk with 1 teaspoon water
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 chicken breasts, cubed
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
¼ teaspoon pepper

Combine cornstarch, cayenne and salt. Heat oil to medium-high. Coat chicken with cornstarch/spice mixture, then egg. place in oil and brown on each side. Combine vinegar, lemon juice and zest, pineapple juice*, honey, soy sauce and pepper. Pour mixture over chicken. Partially cover and let simmer on low for 10 minutes, until liquid thickens into a sauce. Serve over rice and don’t forget the steamed veggies. I keep mine on the side because I don not like them all saucy, but if you want to stir fry them and add them to chicken at the end, just up the sauce mixture by 50 percent.

*Since we don’t use a lot of pineapple juice, but I like to keep it on hand for sauces and dressings, I buy it in the frozen concentrate form and just scoop out a tablespoon at a time and add ½ cup water.
Lemon Chicken on Foodista


  1. This sounds great. How many does it serve?

  2. I used to buy msg on my mission. I was a little cancer naive. Chinese food also makes me a little weary, and I lived in China for 2 years.

    This recipe looks yummy. Thanks for all your work, I love your blog.

  3. I don't put serving sizes on my recipes because there are so many variables (ho big the breasts are, how hungry the people, how big the people, what else is served with it...) If I had to put a number on this one it would be a 6.

  4. I lived in China and while I adore Chinese food - msg makes your hair fall out too! After living there and 4 kids my hair is stil in rehab!! :)

  5. kara, what is liquid castile soap for the dish soap? and where can i get it? thanks for all the info!

  6. This looks delicious. I'm always looking for something new to do with boneless, skinless boobs. Thanks!

  7. WOW (impressed look). Your Lemon Chicken looks so yummy.

    Here I bought a sauce pack for Lemon Chicken so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.

  8. this recipe looks good.
    i like lemon chicken more than orange for some reason.
    i too love the idea of brown rice and chicken and im always looking for different ideas.
    do you still use your pressure cooker BTW? mine just got a crack in it ( for the second blasted time) and im in the market for a new one.

  9. Use my pressure cookers all the time. Still love the digital electric ones.

  10. my husband loves orange chicken, I might have to adapt this!

  11. oh, it's a pity! I'm of Chinese background and real chinese food is really very healthy, and full of flavour. Homecooked chinese food is especially yummy!


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