This is such an easy recipe for Air Fryer Sesame Chicken; this is one of the best recipes if you are missing take-out Chinese Food. With only a few ingredients, you can make this delicious meal in your own air fryer. Amazing!
I love a great and easy air fryer chicken recipe, and this one is no different, made with etiher sliced chicken thighs or boneless breast of chicken, you get a ton of falvor, with releatively few ingreidntes.
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!
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Sesame Chicken
- Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs
- Potato Starch
- Olive Oil
What do you need for Air Fryer Sesame Chicken?
- 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 to a small 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-
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 a true Chinese Copycat Sesame Chicken Dish.
Hoisin sauce is available widely in a gluten-free form; 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 a great one-pan meal, thanks to the Ninja Foodi.
WANT MORE AIR FRYER CHICKEN RECIPES
Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo | Give this chicken alfredo recipe a try. Tender pasta, delicious creamy white sauce, and chicken in every single bite.
Breaded Air Fryer Chicken | You will enjoy another air fryer breaded chicken. It is loaded with flavor, juicy, and one of my favorite chicken recipes.
Instant Pot Sesame Chicken | Sesame chicken made in the Instant Pot chicken loaded with rich flavors. Pair with a bed of rice, rice noodles, etc. This recipe is better than takeout.
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.
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Air Fryer Sesame Chicken
Everyone’s favorite dish is not an easy meal to prepare in the air fryer. The air fryer does a great job at crisping the chicken without the added fat, and the sauce is a replica of traditional sesame chicken. I’m sure it will be a favorite soon. Serve along with homemade air fryer crab rangoons for a great dinner or lunch.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 35
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: Chinese
- 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
Optional Garnish: 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.
- 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 small 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.
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