Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken is one of the fastest, most delicious and flavorful dinners you can make in 30 minutes! Not fried and with no processed sugar!

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Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken

Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken is so much better than takeout! This recipe is super easy and quick to make, and also doesn’t involved any deep fried chicken or processed sugar. I love my fair share of indulgent recipes, but I also like to balance it and eat healthy. Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken served over brown rice is one of those crowd pleasing meals that I always refer to on a busy weeknight.

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Tips & Tricks on how to make the perfect Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken at home:

  • I always say this, but a good meat centered meal starts with quality meat, so use organic chicken breasts.
  • Also, cornstarch is a key ingredient in here, do not try to replace it with flour, the results will not be the same.
  • Using fresh ginger and garlic will add amazing flavor and taste to the sauce.
  • I am a huge garlic lover, you can add more or less as you please, but in my case, more garlic is always better.
  • In addition, fresh lemon zest will add a punch of favor so definitely add some and please don’t skip it.
  • You can serve this meal with white or brown rice.
  • Garnishing the dish with sesame seeds and green onions will add a pop of color and interesting texture.

Why You’ll Love This Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken Recipe:

  • Firstly, it’s very easy to make, perfect for busy weeknights
  • Also, creates delicious leftovers that can be easily packed for next day lunches
  • Can be made with kids as the steps are not complicated
  • Fresh and beautiful flavors
  • In addition, it’s packed with lots of lean protein
  • Healthy – the chicken hasn’t been deep fried and the meal doesn’t contain any processed sugar

Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Honey Lemon Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe:

  • Soy Sauce – I like using lite soy sauce in my recipes, as it has less sodium and its easier from me to control the saltiness of the dish, I always buy a large bottle like this one and keep it in my pantry
  • Sesame Seeds – these little guys are perfect in asian recipes, also sprinkled on salads and fish, a jar will last you a long time
  • Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite
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Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups  brown rice 
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil 
  • 2  skinless chicken breasts  (cut into 1-2 inch chunks)
  •  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper  (to taste)

Honey Lemon Glaze:

  • ½ cup  chicken broth 
  • 2 cup  orange juice 
  • 1/2  lemon  (juiced)
  • ⅓ cup  honey  (or more)
  • 2 tablespoon  lite soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon zest 
  • 1 tablespoon  ginger  (grated)
  • 10 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon  cornstarch 

Garnish:

  • 1  green onion  (thinly sliced)
  • ½ teaspoon  sesame seeds 

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan add rice and to 2 1/2 cups of boiling water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside when ready.
  2. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper add it to the skillet, cook until golden, stirring and tossing occasionally, about 4-5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.

Honey Lemon Glaze:

  1. Add chicken broth, orange juice, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic and cornstarch to a medium sauce pan over medium heat, stir to combine. When adding the cornstarch is best to make a slurry to avoid clumps. Mix it with the orange juice in a small bowl and after that add it to the sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, stirring from time to time, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Once the sauce has thickened, pour it over the chicken. Cook on medium low heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring and gently tossing to combine. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve.
  4. Serve chicken over brown rice, drizzle with a little more honey lemon glaze. If desired, garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onion.
  5. Enjoy!
0 Calories: 626 Carbohydrates: 113 Protein: 21 Fat: 10 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 36 Sodium: 683 Potassium: 787 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 34 Vitamin A: 295 Vitamin C: 74.4 Calcium: 51 Iron: 2.6
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Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken

Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken is one of the fastest, most delicious and flavorful dinners you can make in 30 minutes! Not fried and with no processed sugar!
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Krista

I might have to change up my menu for the rest of the week now! YUM!

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Dee

I love that this is so easy to make and healthy, too!

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Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

That looks positively deeelicious!

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Katerina @ diethood .com

I LOVE how easy and healthy this is!! The perfect meal!!

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Cookin Canuck

Cooking truly is a way to connect with family and friends. I'm always reminded of my mum when I make certain dishes for my family. This chicken is something my boys would love!

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Maryanne | the little epicurean

Food and cooking brings back memories better than an family photo album for me. Whenever I taste certain flavors I immediately remember watching my grandmother cook when I was a kid. Anyway, my family would love this chicken dish!

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking

Love that you made a healthier version! Looks awesome.

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Megan @ MegUnprocessed

Honey and lemon is such a winning combo!

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Mike Zupa

Yummy, have to try this for sure, thanks for the nice dish!

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Felicita Moncada

I know what is for dinner tonight! Ha ha! I cannot wait to try this! We love the honey lemon chicken from the Chinese place around here so this is definitely going to be a favorite!

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Mama Ash

Yum, I love the bite-sized amounts of chicken. I'll be making it this week for my family. I'm sure I could use Tamari in replace of Soy sauce.

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Leah

This sounds so good!! My family and I love Chinese food! I can no longer order it from my favorite place because I can't have soy sauce. However, I can make this and use my gluten free soy sauce!

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GiGi Eats

Oh man does THIS LOOK DELICIOUS!!!! I am all about this life. I really want some chicken for lunch today!! :P

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Cherri Megasko

I totally agree with you in regards to how high quality, fresh ingredients make so big a difference in a dish. In the herbs alone - the fresh garlic, ginger and lemon zest - I know you can tell the difference compared to dried or granulated versions. This dish also sounds very versatile. I see you have a version with lettuce wraps - I'd love that!

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Censie Sawyer

Well thank you for planning tomorrows dinner for me! YUM! I cannot wait to give this recipe a try. I love that it is healthy and perfect for my family. We love lemon chicken so i know we will enjoy this recipe too!

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lisalisa

OMGoodness this dish looks so good! I love lemon chicken but, I've only had lemon honey chicken from a restaurant. Now you have my attention, I'm going to see about creating this for the family this week. It is such a healthy meal that we can enjoy anytime! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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Cyn Gagen

This sounds really yummy. My family would really enjoy this recipe. I wish I had seen it yesterday - we had a chicken dish for dinner and could have tried this instead. Yum.

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Ali Rost

Both my husband and I like lemon and this meal looks absolutely wonderful. Plus, I have everything on hand, including fresh parsley from my little herb garden on the kitchen windowsill. The only thing I added were some capers. Such a wonderful recipe, not just for weeknights at home, but to serve to guests as well.

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Aileen Adalid

Oh my goodness, you had me at honey. This looks so good and it even looks so easy to prepare! Thank you for sharing this. I'll be trying my hands on it!

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