Crispy Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

Air fryer A simple and healthful variation on a popular Chinese takeaway dish is sesame chicken that you can make at home.

covered in egg and cornflour, soft chicken pieces are deep-fried until crispy and covered in a savory-sweet, sticky sauce that tastes so excellent I could eat it with a spoon. To make the ideal, simple dinner, toss in a bowl of sticky white rice and some steamed veggies.


Regarding the chicken

  1. One and a half pounds of skinless, boneless chicken thighs, sliced into small pieces
  2. two tsp of rice vinegar
  3. One spoonful of soy sauce
  4. two tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  5. one minced garlic clove
  6. 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  7. Twenty milligrammes of newly ground black pepper
  8. two big, beaten eggs
  9. one cup cornmeal

Regarding the sauce

  1. Half a cup of soy sauce
  2. two tsp of rice vinegar
  3. ¼ cup water and 1/3 cup brown sugar
  4. One tablespoon of cornflour
  5. 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  6. two tsp of vegetable oil
  7. 2 garlic cloves minced
  8. 1 to 2 teaspoons chile paste optional
  9. 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. Put parchment paper inside the air fryer basket (see note).
  2. Mix the chicken, ginger, garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Toss to thoroughly coat.
  3. Let the chicken marinate for about 20 minutes, or overnight if you’d like (if marinating longer than that, refrigerate).
  4. Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
  5. Transfer the cornflour to a different small bowl.
  6. After removing the chicken from the marinade and allowing any excess to drip into the bowl, combine it with the beaten eggs in the bowl. Toss in the coat.
  7. One by one, take out the chicken pieces from the eggs, allowing the extra egg to drain out. You’ll probably need to cook the chicken in two batches. Place the chicken pieces in the cornflour and toss to coat them thoroughly. Then, arrange them in an air fryer in a single layer.
  8. Brush or spray the chicken with a little cooking oil after coating and arranging it all in the air fryer (you’ll probably need to do this in two batches).
  9. For 8 to 10 minutes, at 400ºF, air fried the chicken until the tops of the pieces are golden brown. After flipping the chicken pieces over and giving them a quick spray or brushing of more oil, roast them for a further 7 minutes at 400ºF.
  10. Prepare the sauce while the chicken is cooking. Combine the soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, cornflour, water, and sesame oil in a small bowl.
  11. Heat the vegetable oil in a big skillet over high heat.Stir in the garlic and simmer for about one minute. After adding the sauce mixture, turn the heat down to medium and stir-fry for a few minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  12. Toss in the air-fried chicken pieces and sauce in the pan. After taking the pan off of the hob, thoroughly coat the chicken pieces with the sauce.
  13. After transferring to a serving tray, top with sesame seeds and serve right away.


  •  Round sheets of parchment paper with holes in them—designed for use in steamer baskets and while making dim sum—are what I like to use. Strips of regular parchment paper can also be used. To let air to circulate around the chicken pieces, arrange the strips so that they cover the bottom of the air fryer, leaving space between them.
  • If you would prefer to deep fried the chicken as opposed to air fry it, heat vegetable or peanut oil in a Dutch oven or wok over the hob until it is about 2 or 3 inches deep. Place the breaded chicken pieces in the heated oil and fry, rotating occasionally, until they turn golden brown.


Calories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 29gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 1081mgPotassium: 507mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 81IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 2mg
Recipe by:Robin Donovan