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Air Fryer Sesame Chicken


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Air Fryer Sesame Chicken is so easy to make, you’ll be able to whip up a batch any night of the week. I’m not sure what’s better – the delicious, crispy chicken or the amazing fact that it’s air fried, either way, this sesame chicken is a winner in my book! 

If you love air fryer chicken recipes then this is the recipe for you. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also much healthier than getting takeout, easier on your budget also.

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken in a white bowl topped with spring onion with an air fryer in the background

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

Did you know that sesame chicken is an American Chinese recipe, that is a sweet twist on the popular takeout favorite General Tso Chicken? Now with this recipe you can lighten up this dish by using the air fryer.

Air Fryers are a modern kitchen appliance that gives you fried food taste without all the oil, by using hot air to cook the food. If you don’t have an air fryer, I highly recommend them, they are amazing!

Why I Love This Recipe

This Easy Sesame Chicken Recipe is so simple to make, you’ll be able to whip up a batch any night of the week. Plus, you don’t even have to leave the house to make this tasty recipe.

  • Ready in under 35 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters

If you love Asian recipes, you may also enjoy this Instant Pot Teriyaki Salmon recipe.

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken in a white bowl topped with spring onion with an air fryer in the background

Ingredients

This recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. You may not even need to make a trip to the grocery store if you have these ingredients on hand already.

  • chicken breast, cubed
  • flour
  • cornstarch
  • eggs, beaten
  • natures seasoning  

Sauce

  • hoisin sauce
  • soy sauce
  • white vinegar
  • oil
  • sesame seeds
  • minced garlic
  • chili oil
  • brown sugar 
Air Fryer Sesame Chicken ingredients

Substitutions

Chicken: Boneless chicken thighs can be used instead of chicken breasts.

Hoisin Sauce: If you are unable to find hoisin sauce, BBQ sauce can be substituted.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this easy family friendly recipe.

How to Make Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

This recipe comes together in just a few simple steps, and the result is well worth it. If you’re looking for an amazing air fryer chicken dish, then look no further than this sesame chicken recipe. It’s perfect for picky eaters, and it’s easy to make.

Step 1: Make the sesame sauce

 In a saucepan on medium heat, combine all the sauce ingredients and stir. Bring to a boil then set heat to warm. Set aside until chicken is cooked.

sesame sauce in a pan

Step 2: Make the dredge for the chicken

In a bowl, mix the natures seasoning, flour and cornstarch. Toss the chicken cubes until fully coated.

Chicken cubes coated in flour mixture

Step 3: Dredge the chicken

Dredge the chicken through the beaten eggs and then back into the flour. Repeat until all cubes are battered.

cubed chicken coated in flour being coated in the beaten eggs.

Step 4: Air fry the chicken pieces

Place cubes in the oiled air fryer basket. Spray chicken with oil and cook on 380 for 8 minutes.

coated chicken cubes in an air fryer

Step 5: Toss the chicken in the sauce

Remove cooked chicken and toss in the sesame sauce. Serve with rice.

Chicken cubes in sesame sauce in a saucepan

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Want to change up the flavors of this easy air fryer chicken recipe? Here are some of my tried and true swaps for this recipe.

Broccoli: Add broccoli to the air fryer basket with the chicken for a one-pan meal.

Garnish: Garnish with green onions and serve with white rice for a more traditional takeout style dish.

Spicy: If you prefer spicy foods, add crushed red pepper flakes to your sauce while it is cooking.

Serving Suggestions

Wondering what to serve with this Air Fryer Sesame Chicken recipe? Here are some of my favorite dishes to add.

overhead view of Air Fryer Sesame Chicken in a white bowl topped with spring onion.

Tips

Here are some of my best tips for making sure this air fryer chicken recipe turns out well for you.

  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake this dish in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • You can also use boneless chicken thighs in this recipe.
  • This recipe makes enough sauce to coat 1 pound of chicken. If you want more or less sauce, adjust the recipe accordingly.
  • Instead of chili oil you can use sesame oil if you prefer.

FAQs

Do you have questions about Air Fryer Sesame Chicken? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.

How to store

If you have leftovers, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat in the microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or in the air fryer at 380 degrees for 5 minutes.

Can I freeze?

Yes, this recipe freezes well. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

a closeup of Air Fryer Sesame Chicken in a white bowl topped with spring onion.

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Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Recipe

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Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken is so easy to make, you’ll be able to whip up a batch any night of the week.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 527 kcal

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Air Fryer
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients
  

  • 1 chicken breast cubed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 tablespoons natures seasoning

Sesame Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan on medium heat, combine all the sauce ingredients and stir. Bring to boil then set heat to warm. Set aside until chicken is cooked.
  • In bowl, mix the natures seasoning, flour and cornstarch. Toss the chicken cubes until fully coated.
  • Dredge the chicken through the beaten eggs and then back into the flour. Repeat until all cubes are battered.
  • Place cubes in the oiled air fryer basket. Spray chicken with oil and cook on 380 for 8 minutes
  • Remove cooked chicken and toss in the sesame sauce. Serve with rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 527kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 27gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 5630mgPotassium: 455mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 182IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 4mg
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