Gluten-Free Chinese Lemon Chicken

Published on Apr 10, 2015

  by   Kristina Stosek

9 reviews

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 4
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Gluten-Free Lemon Chicken, just like takeout – crispy packed with flavor chicken tenders coated in a delicious, lightly sweetened lemon sauce.

gluten free chinese lemon chicken pieces topped with sesame seds

Traditionally, Chinese lemon chicken is made by marinating chicken pieces in soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, and sometimes vinegar.

To make this dish gluten-free, you will need to substitute ingredients that contain gluten. Choose a gluten-free alternative for soy sauce such as tamari sauce or coconut aminos. Tapioca flour or corn starch is an ideal gluten-free thickener, replacing wheat flour.

Why is this gluten free Chinese lemon chicken healthier?

If you love Chinese takeout and need a gluten-free lemon chicken version, this recipe is one to try. It is made without deep-frying or refined sugar, making this a healthier recipe. 

Why is lemon chicken so tasty?

The secret to this gluten free dish is marinating the chicken first in an egg, tamari sauce, maple syrup, and sesame oil. 

The marinade infuses the chicken with flavor and coats it with a sticky sauce that will give it a crispy and delicious coating we love. Then the chicken is lightly coated in tapioca flour, flash-fried, and baked until extra crispy. And then coated with freshly made lemon sauce.

sliced lemons

the lemon sauce

The secret to a good lemon sauce is fresh lemons, not bottled lemon juice or lemon extract. The sauce is slowly simmered with fresh lemon juice, chicken stock, maple syrup, and lemon slices, creating a fresh, sweet, and zesty flavor.

lemon chicken tenders on a plate with a slice of lemon

lemon chicken serving suggestions

Gluten-free Chinese lemon chicken pairs well with Simple Rice With Parsley or Gluten-Free Spicy Chinese Noodles to create a satisfying meal. Garnish the dish with thinly sliced green onions or sesame seeds to add texture and flavor. You can also add a side of stir-fried vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, or snap peas or Gluten Free Vegetable Hibachi Noodles to create a balanced and nutritious meal.

tips on eating out Chinese food

When dining out or ordering gluten-free Chinese lemon chicken, communicate your dietary needs to the restaurant staff to ensure they understand the importance of avoiding cross-contamination. Some restaurants may use wheat-based soy sauce or flour-based thickeners, so asking about their ingredients and preparation methods is crucial.

This super easy gluten-free lemon chicken dish can be served as a main or as the perfect party food. Do you love takeout? Check out our list of gluten-free Asian recipes

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