Friday 7 October 2011


We can never do away with classic good old recipes. The reason why they have become classics is because we go back to them again and again.

Fruit in meat dishes is just the sort of taste I like. The sweet and sour flavour just complements and cuts down on the richness of the meat. It provides a refreshing balance to the taste of the dish.

Lemon chicken is good, right? Well if you've cooked them one too many times, give this a try. Add some mandarin orange slices and believe me that it just hits the spot. They'll never even suspect that it's lemon chicken. This is the sort of dish I'd cook over and over again.

Yield: 4 servings

 Ingredients for the chicken:

6 boneless chicken thighs, each piece cut in three crosswise
2 tsps. light soy sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
corn flour (corn starch) for dredging
1 egg white
cooking oil for frying


Mix the soy sauce, salt and sesame oil in a bowl. Add the chicken pieces and mix. Sprinkle with 2 tbsps. of corn flour and stir to coat. 

Beat the egg white and stir into the chicken. Dredge each piece lightly in corn flour. Shake off the excess flour. 

Heat up some cooking oil in a shallow pan. Fry the chicken pieces over medium heat until golden brown.

Ingredients for the sauce:

1 tin of mandarin orange segments
1 1/2 tbsps. light soy sauce
juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
2 tsps. corn flour (corn starch)
2 tbsps. honey
1 spring onion, sliced into 1" long diagonal pieces
2 tbsps. butter


Drain the orange segments and set aside. 

Put the juice in a sauce pan and add the lemon juice, soy sauce, corn flour and honey. Stir continuously over low heat until the mixture thickens. Take off the heat and add the spring onion, butter and lemon rind. 

Arrange the chicken pieces on a serving plate, top with the orange segments and drizzle with the sauce. This recipe serves four.

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  1. i often make orange chicken but never thought of using mandarin.Looks very exotic:)

  2. madarine orange is much sweeter...not yet tried in chicken but the recipe looks good.

  3. The addition of mandarin oranges does intrigue! You have added one creative twist to a classic dish-well done-yum! Have a great weekend!

  4. I totally agree! You should make this dish as often as you can. It looks great! The mandarin slices just finished it off.
    I guess fall hit the UK as well. Here it’s been raining and sad. Time for some belly warming dishes. Soo looking forward to see some of your winter dishes.

  5. I haven't cook with mandarins yet, but after seeing this recipe you have persuaded me to using it. It looks scrumptious! Thanks for the recipe :)

  6. OMG it's so delicious! I will definitely try this!

  7. One more very authentic and unique dish! Great flavors and combination! Love your photos as always!!!
    Have a beautiful weekend!!

  8. Holy cow this looks incredible! Thanks SO much!

  9. What a way to make chicken. This looks soooo delicious!!! Yummy!!!

  10. Great recipe. And mouthwatering photos. I buzzed it :)

  11. Adora... this looks sooooo good! You are great cook and your photography does justice of your cooking. There's no time that I got disappointed or bored when I come to your site. I'm really impressed with your cooking and I can't wait to try this soon. If I can move in with any food blogger, I think I'd love to live in your kitchen!!

  12. The pics look absolutely mouth watering , the recipe looks easy and surely sounds delish :).

  13. Never would have thought to change Lemon Chicken up like this! This looks great, Adora!

  14. This looks SO good! Never getting take out again (okay, so I probably will, but this looks better).

  15. I made this on monday I think, and I was glad my mom was hungry, because If she didn't want her portion, I would totally have eaten the whole meal.
    I made the tiny mistake to throw the orange slices into the pan with the sauce, as well as the chicken, so that the oranges kinda fell apart. But it was great anyway. I can't wait to do it again :)

    Thanks for posting that + greeting from gourmet Germany.


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