Lemon Chicken

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!

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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?

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!

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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!

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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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Prep Time

Cooking Time

people 5 minutes 20 minutes




201kcal Zero

Smart Points (Flex/Freestyle)

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  1. Spray the frying pan with Low calorie cooking spray and cook the onions, chilli and chicken on a medium heat
  2. When the onion has softened and the chicken browned slightly remove from the pan and set aside
  3. Add the stock, onion powder and No Added Sugar Lemon Squash to the pan and bring to the boil
  4. Allow to simmer for a few minutes. Place 200ml of the sauce into a jug and whisk in the xanthan gum a 1/4 of a tsp at a time. You will need to whisk well - and keep whisking!
  5. When the right consistency is achieved return sauce to the pan and add the chicken
  6. Add the lemon slices and cook gently for another 5 minutes
  7. Stir in the pineapple and remove from the heat immediately so you don't have to syn it
  8. Taste, and add a little granulated sweetener if it's a bit to sour
  9. Serve with your choice of accompaniment

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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.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.


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  1. Would you say that this is a freezer friendly recipe?

    I have tried this recipe before and loves it. I am trying to find some recipes that I can make then pop in the freezer for days of no time or no food.

  2. Just made this and found it hard to get the tartness out. Felt like I added quite a bit of sweetener. Also, I added more lemon squash as it just tasted like chicken stock to start with. I agree with the rating. First time I have used xanthan gum and I love it! What a find.

  3. Made this tonight. I like it quite tart so added a few more lemon slices and it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe and the tip about the gum. What a great find 😀

  4. I made this yesterday and it was really delicious – definitely one of my new favourites to cook again! – Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Heather
      Xanthan Gum is used as a thickener, but you only need a very small amount compared to flour or cornflour. You can find it in the Free From section of most supermarkets

  5. I made this at the weekend for the family as i was really craving Chinese food! It was absolutely amazing, just like the real thing and my 4 children loved it too. Its really easy to make, so we will definitely be having this again! Thank you for sharing all your lovely recipes, they help keep us on plan! xxx

  6. Going to try this tonight for work. Is there anything I can add other than pineapple as it does not agree with me. Thanks looks lovely.

  7. Thank you for the Lemon Chicken recipe! It was a great success and tasted so authentic. Pinch of Nom you are amazing!
    Best regards. Monica x

  8. I’m probably being silly but when taking out 200ml of the liquid, do you add the gym to the remainder or just the 200 ml? TIA

  9. Hi,

    Thinking of making this but want to know if I use cornflour instead of xantham gum, how much should I use?

  10. I have tried many a recipe for lemon chicken and this is “BY FAR” the best i have ever had…… i did not add the pineapple as is seemed wrong and no chilli. It is a stunning recipe and i will be having this often. The Xantham gum is an amazing find and we are grateful as ever – keep them coming 🙂

  11. Delicious! I’ve just made this and I thought it was great! I feel like I’ve had a take away without the bloating and guilt!!

    I didn’t need the sweetener and added some more lemon squash but I don’t have a sweet tooth, I didn’t find it tart. Added extra veg to bulk up and get my superfree.

    First time I’d used the gum – really straight forward to use and excellent thickener

    Would definitely recommend, Thanks!!

  12. Can the sauce be made in advance and warmed later? Having a dinner party and selected this as as the main but want to know if I can get most of it ready before hand and reheat (sauce that it, don’t want to over cook my chicken) TIA

  13. The most amazing book I have ever bought and I have bought a lot!
    Could live on Lemon Chicken recipe
    Can’t wait for new book to come out.
    Big thank you x

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