Chinese Lemon Chicken

This chicken tasted like the lemon chicken from PF Changs! My sister loves the orange chicken at Panda Express, and I think this is a great homemade substitute and is right up her alley (even though it's lemon)!

And...confession: I even forgot the balsamic vinegar (oops!), but it was still really good! It's a crock pot recipe, so it's super easy (don't leave it in too long though)!

Chinese Lemon Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or equivalent (I used 12 chicken tenders)
1/2 cup flour
1 Tbsp sea salt (less if using regular salt)
6 oz (1/2 a can) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp ketchup
1/2–1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Olive oil for browning chicken

Cut chicken into bite-size pieces, or larger. Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge chicken in flour and salt, shake off excess. Brown chicken in the skillet (don't cook it all the way, unless you don't want to do it in the crock pot). Place chicken in crock pot. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over the top of the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 2–4 hours, or on low for 3–5 hours. The smaller chicken pieces cook quicker. Mine was in the crock pot for about 2 1/2 hours on low! *To make this without the crock pot, just cook the chicken in the skillet, and mix sauce up in a separate bowl. Pour sauce over chicken over medium-low heat and cook until it thickens, about 15–20 minutes.

Serve over rice, drizzle with remaining sauce.


mel said…
This chicken is delicious! :) My roommate and I made it for dinner when my amazing little sister spent the night with us! (we didn't use a crock pot, and it still turned out great) Everyone loved it! I will definitely be making this again- perhaps next time, to impress some cute guys?? ;)

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