I have many memories of wonderful Chinese feasts at Leann Chin's restaurant in Minneapolis, and we LOVED the Lemon Chicken with Chinese Lemon Sauce the most! An extremely popular place because of the incredibly fresh and flavorful Chinese food - nothing at all like takeout, they had a wonderful dinner buffet that was to die for! This was the restaurant I requested for many a birthday celebration or special event. When it closed, it was a sad day indeed!
I actually had the pleasure of meeting Leeann Chin when she first opened her original restaurant and many times throughout the years, and she was a charming and delightful woman who would jet all over the country to cook Chinese feasts for her clients. She created a Chinese Cookbook for Betty Crocker, and her restaurants were bought out by General Mills. There are now Leeann Chin fast-food restaurants located throughout the Twin Cities, but the recipes (and food) are not the same...
This is my favorite take on my favorite recipe of hers!
The chicken is so tender, moist and flavorful, and the lemon sauce is absolute perfection.
Hope that you enjoy my birthday dinner as much as we do!