Mandarin Restaurant Crispy
Chicken with Lemon Sauce
Yield: 4 servings
- 1 (3 1/2 pound) chicken
- Chicken stock or water
- Vegetable oil
- Juice of 3 lemons, reserving 1 squeezed half
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Cook chicken in simmering chicken stock or water to almost cover until nearly tender, about 20 minutes.
- Remove and suspend over a bowl to dry at room temperature at least 4 hours, or until chicken is thoroughly cooled.
- Heat enough oil to 350 degrees F in a wok to deep fry the whole chicken. Add chicken and fry 20 minutes, turning until golden on all sides.
- Meanwhile, combine lemon juice with the squeezed lemon half, sugar and boiling water in a saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Add 2 teaspoons oil and the soy sauce. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Split chicken in halves down the back and cut into serving pieces. Reassemble on a serving platter and garnish with triangles of lemon peel which have been cut with a serrated knife, if desired.
- Bring reserved lemon sauce to boil again.
- Mix cornstarch with a small amount of cold water to make a paste and stir into lemon sauce. Cook, stirring, until thickened slightly. Spoon over the chicken pieces.
Source: This is served at the Mandarin restaurant in Beverly Hills.