Sticky lemon chicken

Sticky lemon chicken

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(64 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Who needs takeaways when you can make this low-fat Chinese-style stir-fry in half an hour?

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal236
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre0g
  • protein38g
  • salt1.25g
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  • 1 tbsp honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 4 chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 carrot, finely sliced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunks
  • 140g sugar snap pea


  1. In a jug, mix together the honey, lemon, stock and soy, then set aside. Toss the chicken with the cornflour so it’s completely coated. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, then fry the chicken until it changes colour and starts to become crisp around the edges.

  2. Add the carrots and red pepper, then fry for 1 min more. Pour the stock into the pan, bring to a simmer, then add the sugar snap peas and bubble everything together for 5 mins until the chicken is cooked and the veg are tender. Serve with noodles.

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Comments (76)

niccip's picture

Lovely quick recipe...cooked 4 slight variations in the same evening! Slightly sweeter for my toddler, more lemon and honey added for my parents and my veggie version using quorn pieces (think I slightly over reduced it as didn't want to be runny, but it thickens quickly when off heat) and no sauce for my husband who likes sticky chicken. We all loved it and would defo make again. Cut carrots using my cheese slice...delish!

mrsjroberts's picture

We love this dish! I always double the honey, lemon and soy or it doesn't have enough flavour and I vary the veg but its a staple in our house.
Doing it tonight!

pricelesscook's picture

Don't coat chick in cornflour but add to sauce instead as it changes texture of the meat.

krissyb's picture

This was a really good family meal and our one year old in particular really enjoyed it. The chicken was really tender which made it easy for her to eat.

htl's picture

I'm sorry but we really didn't enjoy this in fact we threw most of it away. We found it seriously lacking in flavour and a waste of good ingredients. Young children would probably like it but not food loving adults. Keep searching for something else.

vicki_mh's picture

I love this. Went down a treat with the 12 and 9 year olds - they even tried to eat the extra portion I put aside for the next day and I'm sure I lost some of the chicken from my plate! The chicken is wonderfully tender and I love the flavours. It does need extra lemon juice but it's now a favourite in my kitchen.

lstewart257's picture

love this, easy to cook great flavors

mademoiselleoliver's picture

This is a firm favourite in our house. Made it many times with consistently good results. I usually switch the peas for something else like pepper or broccoli because no one seems to like them except me.

dianasparkler's picture

Excellent sauce - soy plus lemon (extra and zest) plus stock plus honey. I used a stir fry packet of veg and noodles. Really lovely. The chicken coated in corn flour gives it a great texture and thickens the sauce. Will definitely do this again.

Cooking Freak's picture

All the family seemed to like this, the sauce was thinner than I thought it would be (not sticky as you would expect) but it coated the noodles well. I think I'll try adding a bit of the lemon zest next time and also not use as much stock as others have suggested. All in all it was tasty dish.

jb5370's picture

Coating the chicken in the cornflour made a big difference to the textures of this dish. Very tasty. I would probably add a little more lemon juice. I thought the liquid amount was fine - the cornflour thickens the sauce nicely.

kupoqueen's picture

such a great dish for those days you need something easy, very tasty.

emmaskipper's picture

I like the flavour of this dish, I added grated lemon rind to add more lemon flavour, but the sauce was too runny for me. I would make this dish again but would add less stock or add some thickening granules to the sauce.

pjrome's picture

I made this last night and thought the sauce needed more kick, so added a tsp or so of grated ginger - brilliant. It just added another layer to the sauce, brought out the lemon flavour, and the whole family really enjoyed it. This was such an easy, quick dish to make, so will become a firm favourite.

corally's picture

Really tasty quick and easy recipe - found I had to add a little more cornflour to thicken the sauce but really yummy.

romani13's picture

This recipe was very simple to make and tasted delicious, I will definitely cook this again :)

kerleo22's picture

I didn't have peas or carrots, so just used a little extra red pepper and served with rice.
Cooked in the sauce for 10 mins and it was superb.
Highly reccommended

vikkiaxeljones's picture

I LOVED this recipe!

Changed it up a little: for 2 people

Used more cornflour
1 red pepper
1 carrot
half a red onion
sugar snap peas
1/2 juice of lemon
LOTS of soysauce
and a little more honey than stated

I used about 175 ml of stock - but probably could have used a teeny bit more - I see lot's of people saying the sauce was quite runny - I left it all in the pan quite a bit longer than suggested, it boils down very nicely and does indeed become 'sticky'.

Was yummy, simple and would definitely recommend everyone to try this at least once. Remeber... let the sauce simmer down to get the 'stickyness' otherwise it will be runny.

lwills's picture

Definately recommend this, tastes just like something you would get from the chinese. Not too strong tasting. I used green beans instead of sugar snap peas worked great. Will be a regular from now on :-)

elleme's picture

Easy to make but a bit bland. I used more lemon than was specified and it still wasn't enough.


Questions (2)

Gillian92's picture

Are the calories listed including the noodles?

vicki_mh's picture

I would assume not - I added noodles to my calorie count.

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