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Steamed Chicken with Lemon Sauce

Chinese steamed chicken is a flavorful meal, made with wholesome ingredients. Make this recipe for juicy, steamed lemon ginger chicken!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: main dishes
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: Chinese steamed chicken, healthy chicken recipes, lemon ginger chicken
Servings: 4
Author: Kevin


  • 2 lbs chicken (breast or thigh meat, See Note 1)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (See Note 2)
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger paste (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped


  • Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Set aside. Start the steamed rice, this should take 20 minutes.
  • With a potato peeler, remove the lemon peels in strips, making sure not to take the white, bitter rind and set aside. Juice the lemons. Chop the rinsed cilantro (reserve a 1/4 cup for garnish)
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the lemon juice, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, vegetable oil, vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, salt, white pepper and cornstarch. Mix well, then add lemon peel strips.
  • Add the cilantro to the bowl along with the chopped chicken. Toss to coat and let marinate for 20 minutes, covered.
  • Place the chicken mixture in a heat-proof dish and place in steamer. I use a bamboo steamer that can be stacked and the vegetables (optional) placed in the other (See Note 3). Steam the chicken for 15 minutes, or until the chicken turns white and sauce thickens, stir occasionally.
  • Remove the lemon peel strips. Serve chicken and sauce over steamed rice with vegetables of your choice and sprinkle the remaining chopped cilantro over chicken.



  1. Feel free to use thigh meat, 10 chicken tenders or 4 boneless chicken breasts.
  2. Freshly squeezed, about 2 medium lemons.
  3. Wooden steamers can be purchased from an Asian market or online.


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 868mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg