“Lemon” Chicken

The idea for this “lemon” chicken cam from a recipe on Planning with Kids.  Oscar has never been a big fan of “lemon” flavoured foods using citric acid, so I thought I’d finally try the tartaric acid in my pantry that had been sitting there for a year.  Tartaric tastes tarter than citric acid (sour worms kind of tart) but when I cooked it in this dish the “lemon” flavour was milder and Oscar actually ate it.


“Lemon” Chicken

Serves 3
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 2 hours
Total time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates
Suitable for RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Lemon chicken with no lemon.


  • 4 tablespoons plain white flour
  • 600g skinless chicken fillets
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1/2 Large leek (finely sliced)
  • 1 stalk celery (finely sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons tartaric or citric acid
  • 1/4 cup whisky
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock (Refer to Basics Page)
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Canola oil spray.


  • 1/2 cup (raw cashews)


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly spray an oven-proof casserole dish.
Place the leek, celery, a pinch of salt and the crushed garlic into the casserole dish.
Making Lemon chicken with no lemon
3. Add the plain flour and a pinch of salt to a plastic bag.
4. Slice the chicken fillets into strips and add to the bag. Shake the bag to coat the chicken strips.
5. Add the chicken to the casserole dish.
In a small saucepan add the tartaric/citric acid, whisky, sugars, stock and 200ml of water. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the chicken.
Making Lemon chicken with no lemon
Cook the chicken in the oven with the lid on for 1 1/2 hours.
Lemon chicken with no lemon
8. Mix together the cornflour and 1/2 cup water until smooth then add to the casserole dish. Stir to create a sauce. Add the cashews, if using.
9. Return the casserole dish to the oven at 100° with the lid on for another 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
Serve with rice, cous cous or noodles.
Lemon chicken with no lemon


Low Chemical / Failsafe.

Adjust the quantities of tartaric/citric acid to suit your tastes.

Coming Up Next Time: Pear and Quinoa Muffins


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2 Responses to “Lemon” Chicken

  1. Heidy says:

    Thank-you for this recipe, it is amazing. I make this when I get down about my diet and it makes me happy about food again!