Chinese Lemon Chicken With Cream Sauce

Forget store bought Lemon Pepper seasoning. The best way to make homemade Lemon Pepper Chicken is with lemon zest (no juice!), black pepper, garlic và olive oil. Simple, fragrant & delicious. Make this with any cut of chicken you want, grill it, bake it or sear it.

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So simple and easy lớn make, you can make this tonight!


Sometimes, the simplest of ideas turn out to be annoyingly difficult to achieve. All I wanted was khổng lồ make a homemade Lemon Pepper Chicken i.e. Without using a packet of Lemon Pepper seasoning.

Making a homemade Lemon Pepper seasoning to sprinkle onto chicken requires slow baking lemon zest to dry it out before mixing with salt & pepper. So essentially making a flavoured salt.

But I wanted something I could make tonight, any night, on a whim. Because Lemon Pepper Chicken is definitely a midweek-meal-type-food, don’t you think? Something you should be able to lớn make right now.



As it turns out, finding a short cut way of making a chicken with a real lemon flavour (i.e. Not just lemon sour flavour) wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be because the actual lemon flavour in lemons is not in the juice, it’s in the zest. The juice is a bit lemony, but mostly it is sour. But Lemon Pepper Chicken is not sour or even tangy.

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So anyway, I won’t take you through the various methods I attempted before landing on “the recipe”. Suffice to lớn say the challenge was figuring out an easy way to get the zest and pepper to lớn actually stick to lớn the chicken, along with garlic (or onion) powder for extra flavour.

So this is how I bởi vì it: phối zest and olive oil to lớn make a rub, slather it onto the chicken, then dip into flour seasoned with pepper, garlic (or onion) powder and salt.


Not a drop of lemon juice in sight. Only because I wanted khổng lồ replicate store bought lemon pepper seasoning which is not tangy. You can definitely địa chỉ a squeeze of lemon juice into the lemon zest slather (is that what it’s called??). But just a bit. Because I find that the key lớn getting the lemon zest to stick lớn the chicken is khổng lồ only use a bit of oil. Too much oil & the zest just runs off.

I don’t use the lemon juice for the seasoning but what I lượt thích to vị is slice it up & pan fry it, partly for garnish and also khổng lồ give people the option to lớn squeeze some over the chicken.