Lemon and Scallion Chicken Stir Fry

A simple stir fry for a weeknight dinner.

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Serves: 6

Lemon and Scallion Chicken Stir Fry / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com
There is not much to this stir fry, but over the years I find I prefer a simpler stir fry, with fewer ingredients and cleaner flavors than one muddled up with ½ dozen sauces and spices.   And even as I type that I think, hey, this would also be good with some more sesame oil, or some hoisin sauce or oyster sauce added in……so I guess I just like stir frys, and this one happens to be on the simple side.

This stir fry doesn’t really even have vegetables in it, a generous handful of scallion pieces aside, so you’ll want to serve it with some sautéed green beans or broccoli or some other vegetable to round out the meal.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced (juice strained)
  • 5 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Hot cooked rice for serving (any kind)

1. Heat the oil in a very large skillet or a wok over medium-high. Add the onion and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and stir fry for another 30 seconds, until you can smell the garlic. Turn the heat to high and add the chicken, stirring frequently for 5 or 6 minutes until browned and almost cooked throughout. Drizzle over the soy sauce and sesame oil, season with salt and pepper, and stir in the scallions, cooking for 2 more minutes, until the scallions soften and chicken is cooked through.

2. Remove from the heat and stir in the half of the lemon zest and all of the strained juice. Taste and add more zest as desired, and salt and pepper as needed. Serve over the hot rice in a shallow serving platter.

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