This delicious and fresh-tasting quick and easy Lemon Chicken Stir Fry is just the thing for a busy weeknight. The fresh lemon juice really brightens and lightens this dish. Serve with rice or noodles.

lemon chicken stir fry in bowl with rice and chopsticks

This dish maybe isn’t the prettiest one on the block, but it has so much to recommend it! First, there are the endless varieties of vegetables you can toss in the wok. Then there’s the always tender chicken thigh pieces. Finally, the bright simple lemon sauce. This is one of my favourites, as it’s hard to beat the lemon chicken combination. And last, but definitely not least, this dish is ready in 15 minutes!

My stir fry features bok choy, red and yellow peppers, onions and green onion. All of these are really fast-cooking vegetables, so the time in the wok is really short. Cook some rice or noodles to serve over and garnish with sesame seeds and a lemon wedge

Ingredient Notes

Fresh is best! Lemon juice, that is. There is nothing like the fresh flavour of freshly squeezed lemon juice, so if you have some fresh lemons, you should go for fresh.

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Cook’s Notes

Absolutely any vegetables would be lovely in this dish. I always seem to have odds and ends of fresh vegetables, but frozen stir fry mixed vegetables would also work. Just make sure your wok or pan is pretty hot and cook a little longer to cook off the extra moisture before adding the sauce.

If you use carrots in your stir fry, be sure to cut in to very thin slices, so they cook quickly.

For the freshest flavour, I always start with fresh lemon and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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15 Minute Lemon Chicken Stir Fry

lemon chicken stir fry in bowl with rice and chopsticks

Get the Recipe: 15 Minute Lemon Chicken Stir Fry

Quick, easy and delicious, this lemon chicken stir fry is ready in the time it takes to cook the rice! Use any vegetables you like!
5 stars from 8 ratings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 2 servings


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut in to bite-sized pieces

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp white or brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

For the stir fry:

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 Tbsp green onion, thinly sliced, green and white parts
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 small red, orange or yellow bell pepper, cored and seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 5-6 baby bok choy, stem end removed and quartered

For serving:

  • Cooked rice or noodles, for serving
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Sliced green onion, for garnish


  • In a small bowl, stir together the sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • Prepare chicken and vegetables and have ready.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in wok over medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces and cook, stirring, until cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate. Discard any juices and return wok to stove-top.
  • Heat a bit more oil in a wok over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, green onion and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for 30-45 seconds (do not allow to burn). Add onion and bell pepper slices. Cook, stirring regularly, until tender-crisp. Add lemon sauce and cook for 1 minute. Return chicken to pan and scatter with bok choy. Cook, tossing, until bok choy is wilted and sauce is thickened.
  • Spoon over cooked rice or noodles and garnish with sesame seeds and additional green onion.


Be sure to read the "Cook's Notes" in the original post, for more tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Course: Main Course
Author: Jennifer
Calories: 479kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 214mg, Sodium: 1905mg, Potassium: 746mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 12790IU, Vitamin C: 148.2mg, Calcium: 351mg, Iron: 4.5mg
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