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Asian Honey Lemon Chicken Meal Prep Lunch Bowls - coated in a citrus sweet & tangy sauce that is even better than your local takeout restaurant! Best of all, it's full of authentic flavors and super easy to make with just 15 minutes of prep time. Skip that takeout menu! This is so much better and healthier! Weekly meal prep for the week and leftovers are great for lunch bowls for work or school.

Asian Honey Lemon Chicken + MEAL PREP + Recipe Video

Asian Lemon Chicken - a homemade and lightened up version of the popular Chinese Takeout-Style Lemon Chicken coated in a sweet and zingy lemon sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Asian chicken recipe, asian food, honey, lemon, lemon chicken, skillet
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 320 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white lightly beaten
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized chunks (or long strips if preferred)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch flour or arrowroot powder for paleo
  • 1/3 cup panko crumbs use gluten free if necessary or leave out
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Oil for pan-frying

For the Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos for gluten free and paleo friendly version
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar or 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 2-3 Tablespoons water plus more to thin out sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce optional or to taste

Garnish (optional):

  • Green onions and sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Combine the sauce ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Measure out 3 tablespoons and add to a large mixing bowl. Set aside the saucepan. To the mixing bowl, lightly beat in the egg white and add chicken pieces. Mix well.
  2. In a large zip-top freezer bag, combine the cornstarch, panko crumbs, salt, and black pepper. Add the chicken and shake well to coat.
  3. Cook chicken using your preferred method below.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, heat saucepan with sauce on medium high. Allow to bubble and thicken while whisking and turn off the heat. Taste and adjust seasonings to what you prefer - add additional lemon for tangier, honey for sweeter and sriracha for spicier, if desired.

For Pan-Fry Stovetop Version:

  1. Heat 2-3 tablespoons oil (or enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add chicken and pan fry until golden and cooked through, about 3-5 minutes per side. Transfer to a large platter lined with paper towels. Repeat.
  2. Toss chicken together with the heated lemon sauce, coating well.
  3. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and serve immediately with rice or noodles, if desired.

For the Baked Version:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Place chicken in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until chicken is cooked, flipping once in between. Turn oven to broil for 2-3 minutes or until chicken pieces turn light brown on top and crisp up. Watch your chicken closely so it doesn't burn. Remove chicken from oven and toss together with heated lemon sauce, coating well.

  2. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and serve immediately with rice or noodles, if desired.

For the Air Fryer Version:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 8 minutes.

    Place chicken in a single layer in the cooking tray (you will have to cook in batches depending on how big your air fryer is.

    Air fry 8 minutes, turning halfway. Until golden.

  2. Remove chicken from the tray and toss together with the heated lemon sauce, coating well.

  3. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and serve immediately with rice or noodles, if desired.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Asian Honey Lemon Chicken + MEAL PREP + Recipe Video
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Sugars 13g
Protein 26g 52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.