Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe Kids will Love

by Tonya Staab
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This lemon chicken recipe that uses lemon curd is quick, delicious, and kid-approved. It’s perfect for family dinner and entertaining.

Miss M put in a request for lemon chicken one night for dinner. It’s one of her favorite take-out dishes, but it does come in second to orange chicken. I had made lemon chicken once before for her and although she loved it, I wasn’t overly happy with how it turned out. I went back and tweaked the recipe a little and this one is delicious.

Homemade lemon curd and white rice served in a white bowl. The dish is garnished with lemon rind and green onions.
homemade lemon chicken with white rice served in a white bowl with a purple napkin and fork next to it

Lemon chicken

Serves: 5 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.1/5
( 7 voted )


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of lemon curd
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup (approx) plain flour - use gluten-free if needed
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • zest from one lemon
  • pinch of salt & pepper


  1. Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and coat each piece with flour.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan or wok and stir fry the chicken until it's browned. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Clean out your pan.
  3. Add the second tablespoon of olive oil to the pan along with the ginger, garlic, and diced white section from the green onion. Stir fry until the onion is softened. Turn the heat down to about medium and add the chicken broth slowly and stir constantly. Gradually add the lemon curd one spoon at a time, stirring frequently until it's combined and the liquid is now slightly thick, but smooth.
  4. Return the chicken to the pan along with a pinch of salt and pepper and lemon zest. Turn the heat down to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Garnish with the green part from the onions.

Serving suggestion: Serve your lemon chicken with steamed rice and vegetables.

Homemade lemon chicken garnished with green onions in a bowl and served with white rice garnished with lemon rind.

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Angie@Angie's Recipes May 25, 2013 - 8:35 pm

This looks lipsmacking! Simply love the flavour.

Looking FANCY May 26, 2013 - 2:58 am

Oh, I’ve never made lemon chicken before.. but it looks lovely!

Leah June 2, 2013 - 8:54 pm

Made this tonight and it was incredible. Never would have thought to use lemon curd, but I think it made all the difference.

Tonya Staab June 4, 2013 - 6:49 am

Thank you Leah, I’m a huge fan of lemon curd, it’s one of those staple items I always have in the house, so I’m always looking for new ways to use it. So glad you liked the recipe.

Tonya Staab June 4, 2013 - 6:51 am

It’s really quick and easy to make too, and I’m all about quick and easy in the evenings, especially with the kids.

Tonya Staab June 4, 2013 - 6:51 am

Thank you Angie, I just love lemon dishes … almost as much as dessert … almost!

Krissi June 27, 2013 - 8:03 pm


This was very good and simple to make. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Kathy July 19, 2013 - 7:36 am

It is very easy to prepare as long as you got all the ingredients prepared. I did a good job at my first attempt to try the recipe.

asd June 26, 2015 - 9:32 am



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