20-Minute Lemon Chicken Stir-fry Recipe Is the Real Deal for Dinner by Donna John

20-Minute Lemon Chicken Stir-fry Recipe Is the Real Deal for Dinner

Stir fry recipes are great for busy weeknight meals. This lemon chicken stir-fry recipe is super easy to make and just plain good. Who doesn't love lemon and chicken? So simple. And this easy chicken dinner on the table in about 20 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights.

The recipe is made with onion, green onion, garlic, boneless chicken breast, soy sauce, sesame oil, lemon zest and lemon juice. Simple ingredients. The onion and green onion are cooked in a skillet or wok until soft before adding the garlic. The bite-sized chicken pieces are added in next and cooked through. Stir in the soy sauce and sesame oil and season with salt and pepper. The last step is adding the lemon zest and lemon juice. Garnish with chopped green onions and the winner dinner is ready to be served.

Serve this lemony stir-fried chicken recipe over rice. Pack the leftovers up for lunch the next day.

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Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped 
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces (I used thighs)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons lemon juice (start with 2 and add more, if needed)
  • chopped green onions, for garnish

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the onion and green onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  2. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until browned and almost cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until chicken is done, about 2 more minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the lemon zest and lemon juice. Garnish with the chopped green onions.

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Recipe Notes

  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice for this recipe. Fresh is always best.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 379

Total Fat: 16.4g

Saturated Fat: 4.2g

Cholesterol: 151mg

Sodium: 376mg

Total Carbohydrate: 4.9g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Total Sugars: 1.7g

Protein: 50.2g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 45mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 509mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Whaaaat? This is my dream dinner, Donna John . Thank you for sharing the yum!
Donna John
It was really good and so fast and easy. Leftovers were great, too, the next day for lunch. It's a keeper. Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This is incredible.
Looks delicious I want to try it can you use chicken breasts or chicken tenders if I'm sorry to keep asking so many questions let me know which is the best one the thicker or the thinner and doesn't matter the kind of cooking oil you use thank you so much I will try it looks great I can't wait to share the results
Gwen Johnson
Uh, yum. On my list for next week.
Gwen Johnson
I made this tonight and it was absolutely yum. I added 3 tablespoons lemon juice because I love lemon. This is a keeper. Printed it out and it's in my recipe drawer. Kids even liked it. Donna John
Yvonne Jarvis
The finished chicken in the photo at top looks like it is in a batter, which is what caught my attention but then found a different recipe.
Donna John
No, no batter. The photo above looks that way, too, and I took the photos. This recipe doesn't need a batter. A lot healthier that way and it's really light but filling. Hope you enjoy it! Yvonne Jarvis
Can you make this in the instant pot?
Donna John
Probably, but I haven't used one that often enough to tell you how. Hope you enjoy the recipe! Christy0201
Wendy Polmear
Love ❤️ this recipe!
A keeper for sure
Donna John
So glad you enjoyed it! Nothing like a good chicken stir fry recipe.

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