Sunday, April 3, 2011

Honey Lemon Chicken

Today’s Sunday! What do we cook? My son says he wants something different. I had this recipe book and some chicken. He loved the picture of the honey lemon chicken. The recipe seemed simple enough but I did not have all the ingredients. So I improvised and it turned out quite good.
15 minute meal and serves about 4.

Has about 5 teaching ingredients.

Your older kids could prepare this but you’d need to help with the younger ones.


Cornstarch is usually thought of as a thickener, but it is very useful as a coating for frying. It comes out lighter and crisper than flour.

You can serve this dish without the sauce too Either way, they taste amazing!.


• 1/2 cup water
• 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 3 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons cornstarch
• 1 teaspoon sesame oil
• Soy sauce to taste


Mix the cornstarch, soy sauce, oyster sauce and black pepper together in shallow bowl. Add the chicken breast halves, coating thoroughly. Coat the chicken breasts in the egg mixture.

Pour enough canola or peanut oil into a skillet to come half way up the thickest part of the chicken. Heat until very hot. Add the chicken and fry until the coating is crisp and the chicken is tender, about 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels.


Cut the ginger into 4 pieces

Put the 1/2 cup of water, ginger, honey, lemon juice and soy sauce together in a small saucepan.

Heat over low flame until all. Bring to a boil, turn the heat to low and simmer, covered for 1 minute. Discard the ginger.

Mix the 2 teaspoons of cornstarch with the 1 tablespoon of cold water, stirring until completely dissolved. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the sauce.

Let the sauce come back to the boil, raising the heat slightly if necessary. Simmer for 1 minute, or until the sauce forms a thick, syrup-like glaze.

Turn off the heat. Cover and set aside.

Just before serving, uncover the sauce and reheat over a medium flame, stirring, until it reaches a low-boil. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of water. Add in a few drops of sesame oil.

Pour over the chicken and serve.

Teaching Notes

Different taste – sweet, sour

Textures of liquid – water, water and cornstarch

Beating the egg – motor skills

Teach kids different parts of the egg – egg white, egg yolk

Prepare a easy and healthy dish within 15 minutes

Happy Teaching and Cooking!

1 comment:

  1. Hi harve. Great way to teach multiple subjects through cooking. Above all, the cooking knowledge itself will be useful when they grow older..thanks for sharing