Air Fryer Sesame Chicken –Have you ever had a night where your whole week’s worth of meals was already planned and thought out? I can’t be the only one. The days leading up to those nights are spent shopping for all the ingredients, cooking ahead as much as possible, and then on Friday evening when it’s time to eat – we’re exhausted! This is why I love my new air fryer sesame chicken recipe that takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish…
This is such an easy recipe for Air Fryer Sesame Chicken; one of the best recipes if you miss take-out Chinese Food. With only a few ingredients, you can make this delicious meal in your air fryer. Amazing!
I love a great and easy air fryer chicken recipe, and this one is no different. Made with either sliced chicken thighs or boneless breast of chicken, you get a ton of flavor with relatively few ingredients.
Air Fryer Sesame Chicken
The classical Chinese Sesame Chicken is infused with classical Asian flavors and garnished with sesame seeds. So, the entire experience of sesame chicken is tasted in this dish. The air fryer gets the same results. You end up with crispy air fryer chicken with a sweet but nutty sauce.
The key to this recipe and getting Air Fryer Crispy Chicken is to coat the chicken with potato starch before air frying. Potato Starch is a classical way to make fried chicken, as it makes the outside crispy by trapping the moist and juices of the chicken inside, while outside, it creates a crispy exterior. Perfect for the air fryer. This is perfect for any Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Dish!
Video on How to Make Air Fryer Sesame Chicken
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Sesame Chicken
- Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs
- Potato Starch
- Olive Oil
- Brown Sugar
- Soy Sauce
- Orange Juice
- Hoisin Sauce
- Ground Ginger
- Garlic Powder
How To Make Air Fryer Sesame Chicken
Cut up the chicken into 1-2 inch pieces. Place the diced chicken into a large bowl. Add in the potato starch and use your hands to coat it evenly. Place the coated chicken onto the air fryer tray or in the air fryer basket. Spray the chicken generously with olive oil. Set the timer to 7 minutes, at 350 degrees F, air fryer setting. After the time, flip the chicken with tongs and air fry for another 5-7 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, start making the sauce. Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, orange juice, hoisin sauce, ginger, and garlic powder to a small saucepan, and bring a slight simmer. Once the sauce starts to simmer, stir in the cornstarch and water. Mix well. The sauce thickens because of the cornstarch. Continue to mix until it’s thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
When the chicken is fully cooked, toss with the sauce.
Some Common Questions Asked About This Recipe
Some Pro Tips For The Best Batch of Air Fryer Sesame Chicken?
- If you find that your chicken sticks to the air fryer basket, use parchment paper, or a reusable silicone liner.
- Spray your chicken generously with cooking spray so that all of the chicken crisps up.
- If you want to make this meal ahead of time, just make a fresh and hot batch of sauce, and toss it together.
- You can also make this dish with chicken thighs, there is nothing better than Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Thighs!
How do you make Gluten-Free Air Fryer Sesame Chicken?
Since my oldest son is intolerant to Gluten, I keep a bottle of Gluten-Free Soy Sauce in the house. Since it’s the only ingredient in the recipe you have to switch out, it is a very gluten-friendly family recipe!
Some of my favorite gluten-free soy sauces are San-J Tamari and Kikkoman Soy Sauce–Gluten Free. Both are easily found in your Asian food aisle at your local grocery store.
What Is Hoisin Sauce?
If you are not familiar with hoisin sauce, it is a very Asian ingredient, and you will find it at your local grocery store in the Asian aisle.
Hoisin sauce base is a fermented soybean paste, then it’s added to minced garlic, vinegar, sesame oil, chilies, and a sugar sweetener.
It has a sweet but salty taste and gives this Air Fryer Chicken Dish a great flavor and elevates it to an authentic Chinese Copycat Sesame Chicken Dish.
Hoisin sauce is available widely gluten-free; I love the new one by Kikkoman Gluten-Free Hoisin Sauce. I do have to order mine off Amazon, but it’s worth it. Check your local grocery store.
Does this recipe work as a Ninja Foodi Recipe?
This recipe is completely adaptable for all air fryers, from the Ninja Foodi to the Instant Pot Crisp Lid.
One of the best things about using the Ninja Foodi for this recipe is adding the sauce right into the chicken after cooking and then using the saute function and creating the sauce. It makes for an excellent one-pan meal, thanks to the Ninja Foodi.
What Air Fryer Should You Purchase?
The answer is long, but you need to choose an air fryer to work for your cooking needs.
The two main factors that will determine what air fryer you purchase are the size and cooking.
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Instant Pot Sesame Chicken | Sesame chicken is made in the Instant Pot chicken loaded with rich flavors. Pair with a bed of rice, rice noodles, etc. This recipe is better than take-out.
Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta | Skip eating out and make a copycat Chili’s Cajun chicken pasta for dinner. Pair with some steamed vegetables, bread, garlic bread, etc.
Can you air fry with sesame oil?
Yes, since sesame seed oil is high heat, it will work perfectly in the air fryer.
Other great cooking oils to use in the Air Fryer are avocado oil, olive oil, peanut oil, and sesame oil.
Can you put raw chicken in an air fryer?
Yes, the air fryer is great for all types of raw meat; you can add raw chicken, raw fish, raw beef, etc.
The exact timing of your raw chicken will depend on how thick your chicken is and how much chicken you are air frying.
Do you have to flip the chicken in Air Fryer?
The only reason you flip the chicken in the air fryer is to get evenly cooked on all sides.
So, grab a pair of tongs and flip.
What To Serve With Sesame Chicken
I usually serve this over a bed of rice, which is really what you would get done in an alethic Chinese Food Restaurant.
There are so many other options, including a side of broccoli, a large garden salad, and of course, for the picky eater, a side of Air Fryer French Fries.
- 1 pound boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
- 1/2 cup potato starch
- olive oil
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Sliced green onions, sesame seeds
- Cut up the chicken into 1-2 inch pieces.
- Place the diced chicken into a large bowl.
- Add in the potato starch and use your hands to coat it evenly.
- Place the coated chicken onto the air fryer tray or in the air fryer basket.
- Spray the chicken generously with olive oil.
- Set the timer to 7 minutes, at 350 degrees F, air fryer setting.
- After the time, flip the chicken with tongs and air fry for another 5-7 minutes.
- The exact time will depend on how large your chunks are and the type of air fry you own. Always use a meat thermometer.
- Once the chicken is fully cooked, toss it in with the sauce (see notes on how to prepare the sauce)
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
To Make the sauce:
- Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, orange juice, hoisin sauce, ginger, and garlic powder to a small saucepan, and bring to a slight simmer.
- Once the sauce starts to simmer, stir in the cornstarch and water, mix well.
- The sauce thickens because of the cornstarch. Continue to mix until it's thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 1352mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 32g
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