Cheat’s lemon chicken

Cheat’s lemon chicken
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Takes 10 min to make and 15 min to cook

Recreate a Chinese classic at home with this cheat’s lemon chicken recipe that’s ready in less than 30 minutes.


  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 free-range, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 pak choi
  • A handful of roasted cashew nuts
  • 120g pack lemon stir-fry sauce
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 250g pack ready-cooked basmati rice
  • 1 large free-range egg, whisked
  • A handful fresh coriander leaves
  • A squeeze of lemon juice


  1. Heat groundnut oil in a wok or large frying pan. Slice the chicken breasts into strips. Season and stir-fry until browned.
  2. Quarter the pak choi and stir-fry with the chicken until wilted. Add a handful roasted cashew nuts and pour over the lemon stir-fry sauce and runny honey and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a separate frying pan, add the ready-cooked basmati rice and fry until warmed through. Make a well in the centre and pour in the whisked egg. Cook a little, then scramble through the rice. Stir in a handful fresh coriander leaves, chopped, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  4. Divide the rice between plates, top with the chicken and sprinkle with lemon zest.


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