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Baked Honey Lemon Chicken

Baked Honey Lemon Chicken

This baked honey lemon chicken recipe is made with sweet honey and fresh lemon. This chicken is baked for a healthier twist on takeout.  Refreshing tangy and delicious, it’s amazing over steamed rice!
Course Main Entree
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword Baked honey lemon chicken, Chicken takeout
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 644kcal
Author Onion Rings and Things


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or about 2 1/2 pounds half breasts with ribs)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • teaspoon ½ salt

For the Honey Lemon Sauce

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • sesame seeds


  • Trim chicken of any excess fat. Wash and drain well. Cut into 1-inch pieces. If using with ribs, debone and remove skin.
  • In a bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy.
  • In a plate, combine cornstarch and salt. Stir until well-dispersed.
  • Dip chicken in egg and then dredge in cornstarch to fully coat. Arrange in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  • Bake chicken in a 400 F oven for about 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  • In a wide pan, combine ingredients for the honey lemon sauce: lemon juice, honey, soy sauce, garlic, ground ginger, lemon zest, cornstarch, and sesame oil. Stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce begins to bubble and thicken. Add chicken pieces and gently toss to coat with sauce.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.


Serving: 323g | Calories: 644kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.9g | Protein: 68.3g | Fat: 17.6g | Saturated Fat: 4.8g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 960mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 10.7mg | Calcium: 40mg