Lemon Grass Szechwan Chicken

  • Active Time 55m

Makes 4 servings

This restaurant-quality recipe makes a beautiful presentation with its golden colored chicken breasts covered with glaze and served over rice.


  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 4 stalks McCormick® Gourmet Collection™ Lemon Grass
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection™ Szechwan Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice


Microwave 1/2 cup water in a glass bowl on high for 1 minute. Cut the lemon grass into 1-inch pieces; add to the water. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.

Process the lemon grass mixture, lime juice, sugar, Szechwan seasoning and salt in a food processor or blender for 30 seconds or until blended.

Place the chicken in a shallow dish or self-closing plastic bag; add the lemon grass mixture. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Cook the chicken in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat, 7-9 minutes on each side or until done. (Be careful not to over-brown the chicken). Remove from skillet; set aside.

Add the reserved marinade to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Mix the remaining 1/2 cup water and cornstarch; stir into the marinade and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour the glaze through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids. Serve the chicken over rice; pour the glaze over the chicken.

This recipe was developed for McCormick® by Southern Living Cooking School.

Recipe reprinted by permission of McCormick®. All rights reserved.

RecID 4800

nutrition information per serving

309 calories; 5g total fat; 51mg cholesterol; 357mg sodium; 42g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 24g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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