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Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken

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  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Chinese


This is a great and classic Chinese Food pleaser; my kids love ordering these from the Chinese restaurant. They make a great light lunch, serve along with your favorite dipping sauce, or make the homemade sweet and sour sauce.




  • 2 pounds boneless breast of chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Start by cutting the chicken into 1-inch pieces
  2. Once you finished chopping the chicken, move on to make the dipping stations.
  3. In one bowl mix the cornstarch, salt, pepper, and five-spice, mix well.
  4. In another bowl beat the egg, and add the sesame oil, mix until well incorporated.
  5. Spray the basket with olive oil spray.
  6. Dip the chicken into the cornstarch mixture. Then into the egg mixture and then back into the cornstarch mixture.
  7. As you batter them place them in your air fryer basket. Spray very generously with olive oil spray. Set the temperature to 370 degrees for 5 minutes, after 5 minutes flip and spray with olive oil (completely covering them, so the batter gets crispy) Air fry for another 5 minutes.
  8. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken.

Sauce Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, mix together the ingredients ,with the exception of the cornstarch and water. Whisk and simmer, for about 4-5 minutes. Just keep on mixing the sauce, so it doesn’t burn or stick.
  2. Then remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch and water together, whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce, and simmer for another 5 minutes, or until thickened.

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