Crispy sesame lemon chicken

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Make this crispy sesame lemon chicken for a quick, easy and flavour-packed family dinner. Scatter with spring onions and serve with your favourite sides.
  • 600g chicken breast fillets, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 2tbsp cornflour
  • 5tbsp plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • large pinch of white pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced, to serve
  • cooked noodles, to serve (optional)

For the sauce

  • 2tsp cornflour
  • 2 unwaxed lemons, zested and juiced
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • 2tsp sesame seeds
  • 2tsp sesame oil


Step 1
To make the sauce, tip the cornflour into a bowl and whisk in the lemon zest and juice until any lumps disappear. Add the honey, soy, sesame seeds and sesame oil and mix again. Set aside.
Step 2
Combine the cornflour, flour, baking powder, ¼ tsp salt, the pepper, beaten egg and 4 tbsp water in a large bowl. Tip in the chicken pieces, gently tossing to coat.
Step 3
Heat the vegetable oil over a high heat and fry the battered chicken pieces in batches for 6 mins per batch until golden and cooked through. Remove the cooked chicken and transfer to a plate or tray lined with kitchen paper.
Step 4
When all the chicken has been cooked, return all of it to the pan, still over a high heat, pour in the sauce and toss to coat – the sauce will thicken and cling to the chicken. Scatter with the spring onions and serve with noodles, if you like