Chinese Lemon Chicken

Chinese Lemon Chicken Sauce

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 to 1-1/4 cups to white sugar (depending on how sweet you want your sauce)
  • generous pinch salt
  • 1/2-inch knob turmeric (yellow ginger), peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 finger chilies sliced into thin rings


  • Into a small sauce pan, pour the lemon juice and water. Add the sugar and boil for about 10 minutes (without stirring to prevent crystals from forming although you may swirl the pan) or until the mixture thickens and changes color. DO NOT allow to turn dark brown. Lower the heat, add the grated turmeric, lemon zest, finger chilies and salt. Swirl several times then turn off the heat. Allow to steep while you prepare the chicken.