Zesty Lemon Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry

Zesty Lemon Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry

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Experience the vibrant flavors of Zesty Lemon Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry, where tender chicken strips mingle with crisp bell peppers and snow peas in a zesty sauce that's both tangy and sweet. This quick and easy stir-fry is bursting with freshness and is sure to become a family favorite. Let's dive into the recipe and learn how to create this delightful dish that's perfect for any occasion!


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup snow peas, trimmed

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Cooked rice or noodles, for serving

  • Lemon wedges, for garnish

  • Chopped green onions, for garnish


1. Marinate the Chicken:

  • In a bowl, combine the thinly sliced chicken breast with soy sauce, fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, and honey. Toss until the chicken is evenly coated in the marinade. Let it marinate for at least 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse.

2. Prepare the Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, fresh lemon juice, honey, and cornstarch until the cornstarch is fully dissolved. This will serve as the flavorful sauce for the stir-fry.

3. Heat the Wok:

  • Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. The high heat will ensure that the chicken gets a nice sear and cooks quickly.

4. Stir-Fry the Chicken:

  • Once the oil is hot, add the marinated chicken strips to the wok in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches if necessary.

  • Stir-fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes, or until it is cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Remove the chicken from the wok and set it aside.

5. Cook the Vegetables:

  • In the same wok, add a bit more oil if needed, then add the sliced bell peppers and snow peas. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender-crisp but still vibrant in color.

6. Combine Everything:

  • Return the cooked chicken to the wok with the vegetables.

  • Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken and vegetables in the wok. Stir well to coat everything evenly in the flavorful sauce.

7. Garnish and Serve:

  • Season the stir-fry with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Serve the Lemon Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry immediately over cooked rice or noodles.

  • Garnish with lemon wedges and chopped green onions for an extra burst of freshness and flavor.

Tips for Perfect Zesty Lemon Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry:

  • Slice the Chicken Thinly: Thinly slicing the chicken ensures that it cooks quickly and evenly, resulting in tender and juicy chicken strips.

  • Prep the Ingredients in Advance: Have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start cooking. This will ensure a smooth and efficient cooking process.

  • Use Fresh Lemon Juice: For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed lemon juice rather than bottled lemon juice. The fresh citrusy zest will elevate the dish to another level.

  • Don't Overcook the Vegetables: Be careful not to overcook the bell peppers and snow peas. They should be tender-crisp to retain their vibrant color and texture.

  • Adjust the Sauce Consistency: If the sauce becomes too thick, you can thin it out with a splash of chicken broth or water. Conversely, if the sauce is too thin, you can thicken it by simmering it for a few minutes longer.

  • Customize with Additional Ingredients: Feel free to add other vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, or snap peas to the stir-fry for extra color and nutrition.

By following these tips and tricks, you'll be able to create a delicious and satisfying Zesty Lemon Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry that's bursting with flavor. Enjoy the zesty and savory goodness of this vibrant dish with every mouthful!

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