We adore a Fakeaway and our slimming-friendly Lemon Chicken is one of our favourites – great if you’re calorie counting or following a plan like Weight Watchers!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
We may be a little biased, but we think that our Lemon Chicken recipe is the best!
If you’re looking for some other Fakeaway Chinese dishes, why not try some of these?
- Chinese Chicken and Broccoli
- Sticky Chinese BBQ Pork
- Salt and Pepper Chicken
- Stir-fried Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion
- Chicken Chow Mein
How many Calories are in this Lemon Chicken?
There are 201 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Lemon Chicken. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Lemon Chicken suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock cubes
You could also enjoy this Lemon Chicken if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Lemon Chicken?
This amazing dish has Zero Points!! That leaves you with loads of Points for a tasty accompaniment too.
How to make this Lemon Chicken
This recipe isn’t complicated to make. Here’s a summary;
- Fry the onion, chilli and chicken in a frying pan with some Low calorie cooking spray and set aside
- Bring all of the liquid ingredients to the boil and thicken with some xanthan gum
- Add the sauce to the chicken along with the lemon slices and simmer for a few minutes
- Stir through the pineapple and add a little sweetener to taste
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below
What should you should serve with Lemon Chicken?
Any of the following go really well with Lemon Chicken. It works really well as part of a Fakeaway meal!
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Lemon Chicken?
You can buy all of the ingredients for this tasty Chinese inspired dish at your local supermarket.
We use xanthan gum to thicken the sauce. It’s a great alternative to corn flour; low in calories and gluten free!
You can find xanthan gum down the “free from” aisle at your supermarket. You only need a tiny little bit so just at a little at a time!
We think this Lemon Chicken works best with chicken breast and it makes it really quick to cook too!
Can you cook Lemon Chicken another way?
This recipe works best when cooked using the method below.
How do you know when Lemon Chicken is cooked?
You should cook this dish until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear. The sauce should be thickened, glossy and delish!
This will take around 20 minutes on the hob.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Lemon Chicken in the fridge?
Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat this dish within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Lemon Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Lemon Chicken?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Lemon Chicken?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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We are super excited to have released a 6 month food planner that works perfectly alongside our recipe book.
Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!