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Lemon-Ginger Fried Chicken

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 breast half, or 1 thigh plus 1 drumstick)
Giving the chicken a double coat of flour mixture creates a golden crust (without the skin) when pan-fried. We use lemon rind instead of the lemon extract called for in the original. Carefully pour in the broth so you don't wet the crispy brown coating on the chicken. The broth mixture turns into a glazey sauce that can be served with the chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned
  • 2 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
  • 2 chicken drumsticks, skinned
  • 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 375
  • fat 15.5 g
  • satfat 3.3 g
  • monofat 6.6 g
  • polyfat 4.7 g
  • protein 30.8 g
  • carbohydrate 30.5 g
  • fiber 2.4 g
  • cholesterol 85 mg
  • iron 2.6 mg
  • sodium 578 mg
  • calcium 48 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place rind, juice, and next 5 ingredients (through drumsticks) in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and shake to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 1 hour, turning bag occasionally.

  2. Sift together flour and next 3 ingredients (through red pepper). Place flour mixture in a large zip-top plastic bag. Remove chicken from marinade bag, reserving marinade. Sprinkle salt and black pepper evenly over chicken. Add chicken, one piece at a time, to flour mixture; seal bag and shake to coat chicken. Remove chicken from bag, shaking off excess flour mixture. Reserve remaining flour mixture. Place chicken on a wire rack; place rack in a jelly-roll pan. Cover and refrigerate 1 1/2 hours. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°.

  4. Return chicken, one piece at a time, to flour mixture; seal bag and shake to coat chicken. Remove chicken from bag, shaking off excess flour mixture. Discard remaining flour mixture.

  5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; cook 3 minutes or until golden, turning once. Arrange chicken in single layer in a shallow roasting pan. Combine broth and reserved marinade in a small bowl; carefully pour broth mixture into pan. Sprinkle chicken evenly with sugar, and top with lemon slices. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden and a thermometer registers 165°.