Spiked with lots of zesty lemon, this delectable chicken stir-fry has a colorful mix of snow peas, carrots and scallions. But feel free to substitute other thinly sliced vegetables, such as bell peppers or zucchini. Serve with: Rice noodles or brown rice. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2009

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest and set aside. Juice the lemon and whisk 3 tablespoons of the juice with broth, soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl.

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with tongs. Add mushrooms and carrots to the pan and cook until the carrots are just tender, about 5 minutes. Add snow peas, scallion whites, garlic and the reserved lemon zest. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Whisk the broth mixture and add to the pan; cook, stirring, until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add scallion greens and the chicken and any accumulated juices; cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Tips

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

223 calories; 6.6 g total fat; 1.1 g saturated fat; 63 mg cholesterol; 555 mg sodium. 716 mg potassium; 13.7 g carbohydrates; 3.4 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 28 g protein; 5984 IU vitamin a iu; 37 mg vitamin c; 53 mcg folate; 62 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 51 mg magnesium;

Reviews (49)

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50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2018
I have no idea why anyone would say this is flavorless? My family inhaled it. Some slight changes I made that saved me time and gave it more flavor. Brine your chicken. It gives it just the right amount of salt and makes the chicken super tender (I always brine my chicken in any dish). Don't brine too long as there's already a lot of salt in the soy sauce and it will be over- powering. https://www.thekitchn.com/use-a-quick-brine-to-make-any-cut-more-tender-47879 Buy a bag of frozen stir fry veggies (I chose snap peas). I used arrowroot instead of cornstarch. I added about 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper to the sauce (before simmering it with the veggies) to take it up a notch. I served with jasmine rice as its delicate taste pairs perfectly with the lemon. Viola! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2017
Came out fantastic! I doubled the recipe so we would have leftovers. My adaptations: Marinade chicken in 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (double this if doubling recipe); Halved the chicken broth; Added salt and pepper to chicken when cooking it in pan; Used frozen veggies; Reduced sauce in pan before adding to veggies Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2017
Very flavorful! This was a really great dish with a bold delicious flavor. I used fresh green beans instead of sugar snap peas but followed the recipe exactly besides this. I will be making this again my boyfriend also loved it. Pros: Lots of veggies tastes great filling Cons: Lots of prep time Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2017
Very flavorful! This was a really great dish with a bold delicious flavor. I used fresh green beans instead of sugar snap peas but followed the recipe exactly besides this. I will be making this again my boyfriend also loved it. Pros: Lots of veggies tastes great filling Cons: Lots of prep time Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/14/2015
Lemon in stir fry = disgustingly overpowering clash Citrus - especially this incredible amount of lemon - just doesn't belong in a traditional soy sauce-based stir fry. It's an overwhelming clash of flavors that will leave any unsuspecting taster squint-eyed and gasping pleading Why did you do this to me? If you'd like to experiment with citrus and stir fry try a light squeeze of lemon on the plated food or simply serving it with a lemon wedge. But seriously - don't make this recipe as-is. It's a disgusting affront to Asian cooking. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2015
Tangy unique and loved I was very unsure about this when I saw what the sauce looked like after Step 1 (almost like a very watery tahini) but it sure does pull it together at the end and the flavor really wow'ed us at the table! Me and my husband both have our reliable fall-back sauces for stir-fry nights mine being peanut his being sesame-chili-ginger but we never did a lemony sauce. I had no clue how much we'd been missing out on. I'll say it feels like far more steps that are outlined (I love how 5 processes are lumped in Step 2) and the whole taking the chicken out seems like a pain but I think it's both really important and a good idea to do it just as they say - with tongs. I didn't realize I had left some of the juicy stuff to sop up veggies with in the next stage of frying by scooping the chicken out with a paddle instead of using tongs - until I dumped the chicken back in and saw all the off-juices! Also - that corn starch and lemon juice sauce in the beginning looks pretty weak but once it's cooked into the fry in the final stage it's really amazing! I will return to this one for sure. Pros: Interesting sauce that comes together well Cons: Multiple steps not fast enough for 'easy' Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2015
Best lemon chicken stir fry ever! This is a delicious stir fry recipe. We loved the lemony flavor of the sauce with a little peppery bite to it. Will definitely make this again. Pros: flavorful lemony with a kick Cons: none Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/11/2014
My family and I didn't like this recipe they threw it out. I ate it but it wasn't very flavorful tasted like watered down lemon juice. I do love the calorie count though great to kick start my new diet if I don't give in tonight and go to McD's. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2013
Great Lemon Flavor I confess I am one of those who made some changes. I was aiming for meatless monday so I used shrimp instead of chicken. I also used bok choy instead of snow peas. The snow peas at the store were very sad looking and the boy choy looked great. I followed the directions just making the food swaps. The cooking was a tad faster as the shrimp cooks in just a few minutes. I would make this again. Pros: fast and easy Cons: does take some time for prep work Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2013
Made this for the first time and followed the recipe with the exception that I replaced the mushrooms with a red bell pepper as my husband is not a fan of mushrooms. It was delicious zesty and incredibly easy to make. Will be making a larger batch next time for leftovers. Pros: Easy to prepare Quick Weeknight Dinner Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/30/2013
Lots of flavor especially for the calories I might even add more lemon....I added some additional veggies and made it for company that had various health issues and this would work for everyone and everyone loved it. I put it over a small amount of brown rice pasta. Pros: easy flavorfull healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2013
Delicious We loved this. After reading the comments I left out the lemon zest but kept the lemon juice and it was perfect. I also left out the oil and used a non-stick wok. (I used a little bit of water to stop the chicken sticking too much to the wok.) And I used guar gum instead of cornstarch because it's healthier. The snow peas are a must but otherwise any additional vegetables would work well - I used carrots green beans baby marrow sliced lengthways and mushrooms. Served over brown basmati rice it was delicious. Pros: Delicious lots of vegetables makes a complete meal with rice/pasta Cons: Time consuming to make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2013
my own twist i added salt pepper a dash of cumin and i squeezed the left over lemon juice on the chicken before i stir fried it. i also noticed many complained of to much lemon well i added more carrots snow peas and chicken. my family loved this meal so much i had to give a better rating (i used all organic ingrediants) Pros: very fulfilling Cons: lacked seasoning Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/08/2013
Very Lemony Overall this was a good dish- lots of fresh veggies and filling. My husband and I thought the lemon flavor was very overpowering though. Next time I will either half the amount of lemon zest or leave it out all together. Could use a little more spice as well. Good recipe for all those leftover veggies in the house though. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/06/2013
Missing something Tasting this while cooking it was apparent that it was missing something. The lemon was to subtle and left it a little bland. I added crushed black pepper and sriracha. Made it taste like a much more complete dish. Pros: Easy to make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2012
Love to make this recipe I love to make this stir fry and eat it over brown rice. I use green and red bell peppers carrots onions mushrooms and whatever I have around to throw in! It always come out great for me. You can easily add or subtract things you do or don't like.. Totally customizable. And you can serve it over anything! Pros: Easy delicious can easily customize to your tastes.. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2012
Ruined Chinese Take Out This tastes just like one of my favorite stir fry recipes from a certain other website that calls for lemon jello instead of something real. It was seriously so delicious. I added the juice from the whole lemon and it wasn't too lemony at all. I will make this again and again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2012
YUMMY I didn't use any lemon zest so the lemon strenght was perfect. served over rice. Me and my husband loved it! I make extra for lunch the next day Pros: loved the fresh lemon taste Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/09/2012
Stir fry shouldn't have that sauce. I thought this would be good since I love to cook with lemon. I didn't like the chicken bland yucky sauce. Will not make again. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Didnt like the sauce made the dish gummy. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2012
Easy tasty and made in Steamwave instead of skillet I recently got a Sharp Steamwave AX-1100S and cooked the chicken and vegetables inthe steamwave instead of the skillet.I made the sauce in a pyrex bowl in the microwave and added to the chicken and vegetabes in a bowl after they cooked in the steamwave. I served over rice I cooked in the microwave and it made a good meal. You could mix it up and use different vegetables and meat and customize the recipe to suit your taste. Pros: Healthy balance of vegetables and meat protein Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2012
Lemon Chicken Stir fry We enjoyed the dish. The lemon flavor was refreshing. I used whole Green Beans and Red and Green bell peppers. Served over Saffron Rice. I will cok this dish again. I really can't imagine anyone thinking its too much lemon. Pros: Loved the lemon flavor. Cons: Don't like snow peas so I used frozen whole green beans. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is very easy to make and good flavor. My step daughter is a picky eater but loves chicken. She cleared her plate! It might be a bit lemony for some people if you don't care for the lemon flavor. My family loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was surprisingly good. I used soba noodles and doubled the sauce and it was great. Even my 19mo picky eater liked the saucy noodles. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! I didn't have snow peas so I used zucchini and red pepper instead. Great for a quick dinner...I was able to prep the stir fry and get it cooked in the time it took me to make some rice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is a delicious meal! The lemon adds a bit of a bite which makes this is a delicious meal. Makes plenty for 2-3 people. Also this can be added into a burrito or mixed into another meal. I added red yellow and green bell peppers. I really enjoyed this meal!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I loved the strong lemony flavor of this dish. Very very filling and great for leftovers. I served this with brown rice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My family and I didn't like it because it was too lemony. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This sounds super yummy and I can't wait to try it. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I recently bought a new wok and tested it out with this recipe. My husband and I absolutely LOVED it! The lemon is definitely pronounced and delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! You can definitely taste the lemon but it is not overpowering. I used mushrooms red bell pepper and broccoli. I also threw in just a small pinch of red pepper flakes to add a little heat. This would probably be very good with shrimp too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this last night and it turned out great! I pretty much stuck to the recipe but added in green pepper strips and didn't have scallions so I used a half of a white onion and just sauteed it with the carrots. I like sauce when I eat rice so I doubled the sauce portion (lemon juice soy sauce corn starch and chicken broth). It was quite lemony when finished (I originally added 2x the zest) but I added an extra splash of soy sauce some onion powder an extra tsp. chopped garlic and about 2-3 Tablespoons of roasted (black) sesame seeds to neutralize a little bit of the lemon flavor. The sesame seeds were a great addition to the taste and especially to the presentation! I served with jasmine rice. I also agree with the prior comment that this would work well with shrimp instead of chicken. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I just made this dish and my entire family loved it! The lemon in the sauce was just perfect. I served mine with rice noodles and it was great. It will become a regular. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I must have missed something! This was a bit of work and certainly not worth the effort - wish I could be more positive but no one in the family wanted to eat this Lemon Chicken. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I used red and green pepper and onion because that's all we had on hand plus the garlic and it turned out amazing! Definitely will make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
this was awesome!!! it was SO quick to make and any veggies will work! i used 3 zucchinis 10 oz mushrooms 1 bell pepper and bunch of green onions - YUM! it was lemony (it is lemon chicken after all!) but not too overpowering... if you don't like the strong lemon taste leave out the lemon zest and it should be just right! also i think broccoli or asparagus would work well too! this dish made a TON of food! its a keeper! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This dish was WAY to LEMONY!!! My finance and I were unable to eat it. If you really like lemon you would love this dish. We both agreed it was savable less (or omit) the lemon more garlic and probably some spice (Cayenne red pepper flakes something). It was really quick to make and would probably add some extra veggies (bell peppers mushrooms.....etc) next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I just served my family this dish and they LOVED it. It wasn't too lemony but I decided to be cautious and just juiced 1/2 the lemon. It was perfect and very flavorful. We served it over 1/2 cup of brown rice for each serving and it was a great healthy low calorie dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This dish looks very healthy and tasty. I am going to try it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is one of my favorite recipes! My son is very pick and he always gobbles this up! Not sure why some are giving this a negative review. My family absolutely LOVES it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is a great recipe! I loved it! I was very hesitant about it through the entire process cause I really don't eat many vegetables but I'm trying to change my eating habits and this recipe was just delicious! I never knew vegies could taste so good. I specially loved the snow peas! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very good. It does have a strong lemon taste (so half the lemon if you're opposed to strong lemony flavors) but it went over well with my family. I substituted broccoli zucchini and a diced white onion for the snow peas scallions and peppers and it turned out very well. Another keeper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
We really were looking forward to eatilng this. Unfortunately even after reducing the lemon in half the sauce had way too much lemon for us. I will not be making this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Healthy easy and good for you This was an easy meal to prepare and fast to cook. I used all the ingredients listed but used real lemon juice instead of an actual lemon. You can control the lemon flavor easier that way. The only alteration I would make to the list of ingredients is to halve the corn starch. I served it with Udon noodles. You know it's good when my husband goes back for seconds! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
OJ instead of chicken broth I have made it a few times using the original recipe and it has been very good. I made it last night and realized after starting that I didn't have any chicken broth in the house so I decided to use orange juice instead. It made it much more flavorful and citrusy without becoming overwhelming. I will be sticking with the modified recipe now! Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Very good! We loved this! I used the zest of 1/2 a lemon still used the same quantity of lemon juice and also added a Tbsp of hoisin sauce to add some sweetness. I modified the veggies based on what I had on hand...and will make it again. Pros: Tasty healthy Cons: Time consuming Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
A little bland I really liked the flavors in this dish but it seemed to light. Seems like there should be more sauce! Good though I'd make it again and maybe try bell peppers instead. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious light stirfry I added 2 zuchinni and a yellow pepper to the stir fry to make it even healthier. I used the zest of the lemon and ALL of the juice of the lemon as well as 2 tablespoons of garlic. It was absolutely delicious even without rice. We had plenty of sauce but my family likes to add low sodium salt. So SO good and we will eat it again. Pros: Full of veggies light fresh summer sauce Cons: NONE Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Absolutely wonderful! This was so good I had to control myself so I wouldn't lick my plate.:) I followed other's advice and cut back on the lemon. I think I used 1/2 the lemon zest called for as well as juice from only 1/2 a lemon. We served it over long grain brown rice and it was awesome! Pros: Delicious light healthy Cons: lots of prep work cut back lemon Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Perfect/Easy Stir-Fry This stir-fry was wonderful and easy. We did not use any lemon and it still turned out great!!! Pros: Easy quick tastes great Read More