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Chinese Style Baked Lemon Chicken with Sesame Brown Rice

Chinese Style Baked Lemon Chicken with Sesame Brown Rice

How to Cook Chinese Take Out At Home

Enjoy Chinese takeout made in your kitchen. This baked version of Lemon Chicken with Sesame Rice also features sushi brown rice for healthy yet yummy dinner made for chopsticks.

Another month, another Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! Just to recap, this is the group where 1) you are assigned a food blogger, 2) you pick a recipe from his/her blog to recreate, and 3) everyone reveals who they had on the assigned date.

It’s been fun seeing an influx of new bloggers in Group C so I was thrilled to get Mary @ The Egg Farm. Mary has an inspirational story, go read about her here. I’ll wait 🙂

So, along with the fun and fab stories she shares about living on a small “hobby ranch” in Northern California (think emus, donkeys, goats and of course, chickens), Mary has so many delectable recipes in her archives along with inviting photos.

Serena & I have been wanting to feature more chicken recipes so that was really the only thing that helped me narrow it down to Mary’s Chinese Style Lemon Chicken. Other “non-chicken” recipes I was eyeing up: Squash Dinner Rolls, Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil & Gruyere, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles, just to name a few.

But back to this Chinese Style Baked Lemon Chicken.

How to make Chinese Lemon Chicken

The only two tweaks I made to Mary’s original recipe were:

1) Baking instead of frying the chicken. I was skeptical but it worked! I followed her recipe up until you put it into peanut oil in the pan. Instead:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange chicken pieces so they are not touching each other. Coat chicken with cooking spray. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

2) Swapping in brown sushi rice for regular steamed rice and using these measurements:

  • 1 cup uncooked sushi or short grain brown rice
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions (white and green part)
  • 1 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • Pinch of salt

Cook rice according to package. When rice is done, mix in green onions, sesame seeds and salt.

I gotta say, this was really tasty and I was happy to have it for leftovers for the next day too.

How to make baked lemon chicken - healthy recipe!

Do you ever cook your favorite Asian restaurant dishes at home? What are they?

Arman @ thebigmansworld

Thursday 18th of September 2014


I would gladly give up Chinese take out for that beauty of a meal. Genius! Pinning!!!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Friday 19th of September 2014

Thanks much Arman - let me know if you make it!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

Love this healthier version of a favorite Chinese take-out dish!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Friday 19th of September 2014

Thanks Jeanette - can't wait to try out your yummy looking one-pot paella :)


Wednesday 17th of September 2014

mmm, I love lemon chicken! This looks amazing :)

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Friday 19th of September 2014

Thanks Tanya - appreciate the love :)

Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

What a fun club! WE adore home made Chinese food and I’ve never attempted Lemon Chicken believe it or not ;) Thanks for the blogger recommendation! oxox

Annie @ Annie's Noms

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

This looks great! I live with my Chinese boyfriend and we're always making Chinese fake-out I actually now think it's better than take-out, but I guess I'm spoiled as he knows how to make all my favourites, including lemon chicken! - The one dish I always order, love seeing different versions, love that you've baked and not fried the chicken, it still looks lovely and crispy :)

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

Oh my gosh, I love love the term "Chinese fake-out" - that is brilliant. I can only imagine what deliciouness he cooks up in the kitchen :) I gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised at how crispy this got being baked vs. friend. Let me know if you end up trying it!

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