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Enjoy this modern chicken recipe.


  • 3 chicken breasts, split, skinned, and boned
  • Marinade
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry or white wine
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (reserve rind for grating)
  • Coating
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 4 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 2 to 3 drops hot chili oil
  • Grated rind 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds
  • Directions

    Marinade: Combine all the above ingredients to make the marinade. Soak chicken breasts in the marinade for approximately 2 hours.

    Coating: Mix egg white, flour, cornstarch, and water. Coat chicken pieces with flour mixture and fry in medium-hot oil until lightly browned. Drain and cut into small pieces.

    Sauce: Mix together oil, ketchup, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar chopped ginger, hot chili oil, and grated lemon rind. Pour over chicken pieces and place on serving platter. Surround with shredded lettuce, chopped scallions, and sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds. Serve hot or cold.

    Serves 6

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