Lemon-Pepper Chicken /A Chicken Starter With Lemon-Pepper Flavours


Lemon pepper chicken

If you are searching a chicken dish which is hassle-free and prepares within minutes, then you are right here. This is a dry version of a lemon pepper chicken dish which I use to serve as a starter. Boneless and small bite size cubes of chicken are used for this purpose

Freshly pounded black peppercorns and lemon gives this dish a simple and rustic flavour. I have added both the ingredients to curd as marination. Lemon is used in the form of juice as well as the slices. Some crushed fried onions are also added while cooking and both curd and fried onions together make little masala. The tangy flavoured chicken dish is healthier as little oil is used and chicken is not fried here. This is just quick sauteed with its marination to keep the dish mild yet flavoursome


Prep time – 30 min
Cook time 20-25 min
Course – Starter
Serves – 2
Author – Bharti Dhawan


• Boneless chicken – 300 gms (cubed in bite size pieces)
• Whisked curd – 100 gms
• Crushed black pepper – 2 tsp
• Ginger paste or grated – 2 tsp
• Salt – 1 tsp
• Lemon juice – 2 tsp


• oil – 2 tbsp
• Whole black peppercorns – 5-6
• Cinnamon stick – 1-inch piece
• Cloves – 3-4
• Bay leaf/tez patta- 1 no
• Lemon round slices – 4-5
• Sliced onions- 1-2 tbsp
• Green chillies – 1-2 nos


• Fresh coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
• Lemon slices – 4-5
• Crushed black pepper – 1/2 tsp
• Onion rings – a few


Rinse chicken cubes and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Add pepper, salt and ginger paste and lemon juice to the curd and mix well

Add this curd to the chicken and rub well. Cover the pan and refrigerate for minimum 30 minutes and maximum 2 hrs


Add oil to the pan or kadhai and add sliced onions. Fry them at low flame until they become dark brown. Take them out to use later

In the same pan, the oil is left otherwise add little more and add tez patta, pepper, cloves and cinnamon stick

After a while, add marinated chicken and cook at high flame for 5 minutes by stirring continuously

After 5 minutes the chicken cubes will change the colour. Now add fried onions, lemon slices and green chilly. Stir continuously at medium flame now

This will take 7-8 minutes for the chicken to cook till half has done

Add 2 ladleful of water and cook at low flame by covering with a lid. This will take around 8-10 minutes to cook perfectly

  • Check the chicken by piercing with a knife if there is a need to add some more water and cook for more few minutes

Lemon- Pepper Chicken is ready now. Serve the dish with onion Julians, pepper powder, fresh coriander leaves and lemon slices on top

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