Sticky honey & lemon chicken with chilli & coriander

I was eavesdropping on someone’s conversation at work the other day about some sticky lemon chicken they’d had for dinner the night before. Sounded pretty good, so thought I’d have a bash at concocting my own version, and this is what I came up with.

I added chilli flakes, obv, which gave the sticky, citrussy sauce a subtle spice and along with fragrant coriander, stopped it from being sickeningly sweet.

Best of all, the tastiness of this recipe, totally outweighed effort. The whole thing could be cooked in the time it took me to steam the accompanying rice, but tasted far superior to your standard slab of grilled chicken.

Best served with a big blob of smoky chipotle infused greek yoghurt (teaspoon of chipotle added to about four or five tablespoons of greek yoghurt).

Recipe after the jump…

Ingredients (serves 2)

2 chicken breasts, butterflied

Juice and zest of 1 large or 2 small lemons

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes

1 tablespoon of fresh coriander, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of rapeseed (or olive) oil


rice, veg, potatoes, whatevs to serve.

Chipotle yoghurt


Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and heat the oil in a tick-bottomed frying-pan.

Place the chicken in the pan and cook for 4mins on each side (med to high heat) until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, whisk together the lemon, honey, coriander and chilli. After the 8mins of cooking, pour lemon/honey mixture over the chicken and allow to bubble and thicken.

As this happens, tilt the pan to get a pool of sauce and spoon over the chicken continuously as it cooks.

When the sauce has caramelised a little and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, serve, pouring any remaining pan juices over the chicken.

2 Responses to “Sticky honey & lemon chicken with chilli & coriander”

  1. christine Says:

    hI there. I saw your chicken recipe just now and want to ask what is ‘chipotle yoghurt’ as you didnt mention adding it to the recipe? KR

    • laurafleur Says:

      So I didn’t, sorry! You just put a teaspoon or so of chipotle paste or powder into 5-6 tablespoons of plain yoghurt. Is really tasty. Discovery do a good chipotle paste for less than £2 which I have found in Waitrose plenty of times.

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