Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chinese Lemon Chicken, Baked, healthier version



Healthy Chinese Lemon Chicken


Hi everyone, today’s recipe is a Chinese style recipe with a healthy twist, I hope you like it as much a we did! Enjoy:


Ingredients:
  • 1.2 lbs Chicken Breast cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 1 T Mirin
  • ½ C Cornstarch
  • 3 T all purpose flour
  • 3 Green Onions chopped
  • Zest of 1 Zemon



Ingredients for the Lemon Sauce:
  • ⅓ c Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 T Granulated Sugar
  • 1 T Mirin
  • 1 T Cornstarch
  • 1 C Water (+ if necessary)



Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC)

To make the chicken:  In a small bowl combine the egg yolk with the Mirin, soy sauce, lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, stir until cornstarch is dissolved the cover the chicken pieces with this mixture and let them marinate in this mixture for 5-10 minutes.


In a large plate combine the rest of the cornstarch with the flour, then cover the chicken pieces with this mixture.  Place the chicken on a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray and bake at 400ºF for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked.


To make the Sauce: Combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water, stir until dissolved and set aside for a minute.


In a saucepan, on medium heat, combine the lemon juice with the Mirin, sugar and 1 cup of water, stir until the sugar is dissolved, and continue to cook until it boils.  (Season this mixture with crushed red pepper if you like)


Once the sauce is boiling, add in the cornstarch  mixture, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until it boils again.  The consistency of the sauce depends on your liking, so if it’s too thick feel free to add more water, if it’s too watery, feel free to add another tablespoon of cornstarch.


Once the sauce is boiling, the sauce is done.

To serve: Place the chicken on a plate and drizzle it with about 1-2 tablespoons of the sauce, garnish with chopped green onions and a pinch of sesame seeds and crushed red pepper. Enjoy!

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