Lemon Glazed Chicken Nuggets

Jade has a school outing on Sunday and I thought I would make a bento box for her lunch. She loves fried chicken, so I made some cute, little chicken nuggets with a sweet/sour lemon glaze.

Inspiration for the fried nuggets at http://www.smokywok.com.  I marinated the chicken thigh pieces in a melange of garlic, spring onions and ginger before dusting in flour and deep frying.   I then tossed the warm nuggets in an easy to prepare lemon glaze.

Pictures of the bento box will be available on Sunday.

Lemon Chicken Nuggets

6 chicken thighs, boned and cut into nuggets

3 garlic cloves, chopped

4 spring onions, chopped

1 inch of ginger, chopped

2 tbsp sesame seed oil

4 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp sake

1 tbsp mirin

2 tbsp soy sauce


Peanut oil

Juice of one lemon

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp lemon peel, grated

1 tbsp cornstarch

2 tbsp water

Make the marinade by mixing the onions, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, vinegar, sake, mirin and soy sauce.   Put in a zip lock with the chicken, squish around and refrigerate for 2 hours.   Remove from refrigerator, drain and dust with flour.   Deep fry in peanut oil until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.

To make the glaze, in a sauce pan, mix together the rice vinegar, sugar, lemon peel, cornstarch and water.   Bring to a boil and cook until thickened.   Pour over the warm chicken nuggets.

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17 Responses to Lemon Glazed Chicken Nuggets

  1. Now that looks seriously tasty. Really glad I happened upon your blog, lots of lovely food and great photos.
    I want to try this recipe.

  2. Appealing to all senses. We definitely eat with our eyes first! Your pictures are beautiful.

  3. ceciliag says:

    This looks like a lovely simple and quite delicious recipe, i love to combine lemon with chicken and a great secret of mine is that i LOVE crunchy food.. This is a good doable recipe.. thank you c

  4. I love this sauce and I think the peanut oil would really add to the flavor.

  5. ambrosiana says:

    I just love fried food with lemon!! It is such a delicious combination. I think adding lemon to fried food is such a clever idea since it gives the perfect balance…the lemon glaze is truly amazing touch!!

  6. ....RaeDi says:

    Jade is very lucky, this looks delicious and I am sure to try it myself….RaeDi

  7. Chicken nuggets are a sublime finger food (of course I eat mine with a fork anyway) but my goodness, the food styling is just so spot on, and I love the contrast in colors esp the red.

  8. Wow!! My family loves chicken. Can’t wait to make it for them. Great pics!!

  9. The Cook says:

    A themed potluck at work had me browsing recipes on Tastespotting. It is no wonder I came across one of yours as your photos stand out from the crowd. Simply amazing photography; no doubt the chicken is as well!

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