Sticky Lemon Chicken

Sticky Lemon Chicken Recipe

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Bonnie Beck


A few years ago, Gordon Ramsay made a Sticky Lemon Chicken. My recipe is inspired by his. A wee bit different in some of the ingredients and flavorings.


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30 Min
40 Min


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  • 4
    kosher chicken breasts or whole kosher chicken cut in 8 pieces
  • ·
    sea salt and freshly ground mixed pepper - to taste
  • 8 large
    cloves of garlic-cut in half length wise
  • 2
    fresh english thyme sprigs-slightly crushed or dried thyme
  • ·
    a good splash of apple cider vinegar (about 3-4 tsp.)
  • 1
    meyer lemon sliced very thin over a bowl to save the juice, rind and all- only remove the seeds
  • 2-3 tsp
    candied ginger or you can use fresh ginger if you can't find candied
  • 4-5 Tbsp
    dark soy sauce
  • 6-8 Tbsp
    organic honey (i prefer tropical fruit honey, but it is hard to buy so use orange blossom honey)
  • 1/2-1 tsp
    red chili pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, light
  • ·
    about 1/2 cup of hot water

How to Make Sticky Lemon Chicken


  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half so you have 8 pieces. Season the chicken with the sea salt and pepper. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large pan. Brown the chicken pieces on all sides over heat with the garlic.
    Remove the chicken. Add the Thyme and vinegar and deglaze. Reduce by half. Add the soy sauce, candied ginger, honey and red pepper flakes. Stir to mix. Return chicken to pan, turn the chicken to coat all pieces evenly.
  2. Add the hot water and lemon slices (the lemon slice go in the pan, not on top of the chicken). Let the liquid bubble and reduce down until syrupy and the chicken is cook. Turn the chicken to keep coating it.
  3. Transfer Chicken to hot platter and cover with the slices lemons and syrupy juices.

    Serve over a bed of Lemon or Saffron rice.

    This also works well with Oranges or fresh Pineapple.

    Also works great with Pork steaks or country style pork ribs. I use an orange or pineapple when I do pork.

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About Sticky Lemon Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #lemon, #Fowl

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