Lemon Pepper Chicken
Ginger ale-battered fried chicken fillets tossed lemon pepper sauce. This lemon pepper chicken is cooked like Chinese lemon chicken but addition of cayenne, dill and thyme adds more punch.
- 6 to 8 chicken thigh fillets
To season the chicken
- 1 ½ tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning (see notes after the recipe)
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt ONLY IF your lemon pepper seasoning in unsalted
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- 2 tablespoons flour
For the batter
To fry the chicken
- 3 to 4 cups cooking oil
For the lemon pepper sauce
- ½ cup sugar
- juice from one lemon (about 4 to 6 tablespoons)
- ½ teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- Wipe the chicken fillets dry with paper towels. Cut into strips about half an inch wide.
- In a resealable bag, shake together all the ingredients for the seasoning. Add the chicken, seal the bag and shake well. Make sure that every piece of chicken is coated with the seasonings. Marinate the chicken in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the batter.
- Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan. Ideally, the depth of the oil should be at least three inches. How much oil you will actually need depends on the size and shape of your wok or frying pan.
- Take the chicken out of the fridge. Dump into the batter. Mix lightly but thoroughly.
- When the oil is hot (350F if you’re using a thermometer), drop the chicken fingers one by one into the wok or frying pan. COOK IN BATCHES of eight to ten pieces to make sure that the temperature of the oil does not drop tremendously.
- Cook the chicken fingers in the hot oil for four to eight minutes, flipping them over halfway through the cooking time.
- Scoop out the chicken, move to a rack or on a stack of paper towels. Cook the next batch, and so on, and so forth, until all the chicken fingers have been fried.
- In a small sauce pan, stir together the sugar, lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning with two tablespoons water. Set the pan over medium heat and cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until the liquid is syrupy. It should take four to five minutes.
- Place the fried chicken fingers in a large bowl and pour in the sauce. Cover the bowl with a plate and shake to coat all chicken pieces with sauce.
- Optionally, garnish with sliced chilies and sprinkle with more lemon pepper seasoning before serving.
We make our own lemon pepper seasoning at home. But you can buy the commercial kind from most groceries. Grocery-bought lemon pepper seasoning comes with or without salt. If with salt, the amount of salt varies. The amount you need for this recipe depends on the salt content of your seasoning.
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