Sticky lemon & sesame chicken

Sticky lemon & sesame chicken

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4

This speedy, Asian-inspired chicken recipe is easy enough for kids to help cook - they'll love eating it, too!

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal294
  • fat15g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.7g
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  • 8-10 skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • zest and juice 2 large lemons



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

  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 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…

  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • cooked noodles or rice, to serve
  • cooked greens (such as sugar snap peas and pak choi), to serve


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Put the chicken in a shallow roasting tin, drizzle over the oil and season well. Roast for 25 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Tip the cornflour into a bowl and whisk in the lemon zest and juice until any lumps disappear. Add the honey, soy and sesame seeds and mix again.

  3. Remove the chicken from the oven. Pour over the sauce, making sure every piece is well coated – it will still be very runny at this stage. Return to the oven for another 8-10 mins, spooning the sauce over the chicken every 2-3 mins as it thickens. If the sauce gets too thick, add a splash of water and scrape any sticky bits from the bottom of the tin. Serve with noodles or rice, and veg, with the extra sauce poured over the top.

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23rd Jan, 2020
Terrible. Unbalanced flavours, way too sharp and looks nothing like the photo.
22nd Mar, 2018
My whole family loves this recipe and it's so easy. It's good with rice or noodles, plus stir-fried veg.
23rd Aug, 2015
Tasted lovely, however I used dark soy sauce so the sauce was dark brown and not clear as the picture shows. I added sliced red peppers in with the chicken so they were coated in the sauce too and put a pinch of mono-sodium glutamate to bring the flavour out. Great dish.
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Rayaan Rahman
26th Jan, 2020
When it says 'season the chicken' on step one what should I season it with?
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27th Jan, 2020
Hello, thanks for your question. Season simply with salt and pepper.
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