Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

April 11, 2019Kristy
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Make a delicious dinner with Air Fryer Sesame Chicken!

I’ll tell you this again but one of my favorite air fryer chicken recipes is this Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken.  I have found though that I can easily use the same method with a variety of sauces.

air fryer sesame chicken

I decided to adapt this Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken and use the sauce for Air Fryer Sesame Chicken.

I wasn’t disappointed, it was delicious and a wonderful switch from our honey garlic variety.

Most of the air fryer recipes that I make are also gluten-free, I opted to make this gluten-free as well; however, I will say it’s a bit more time consuming than the others if you want to make this gluten-free.

How do you make Gluten-Free Air Fryer Sesame Chicken?

air fryer sesame chicken

Finding the gluten-free soy sauce is rather easy at the store, they actually carry it at our local Walmart. 

Now to find the gluten-free hoisin sauce, I found that nearly impossible. 

It used to be readily available and it may have just been my location; however, you do need this sauce, you can simply make it yourself.

That’s right, it’s easy to make it yourself too, so be sure to follow this Gluten-Free Hoisin Sauce and you’ll have this dish gluten-free in minutes!

What is Hoisin Sauce?

air fryer sesame chicken

This sauce has the texture of molasses.  It’s got a sweet and spicy taste and is very similar to what I would consider a barbecue sauce.  It’s used on grilled meats and also in this sesame sauce.

What do you need for Air Fryer Sesame Chicken?

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Cornstarch
  • Soy Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Orange Juice
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Green Onions

Optional items that you could add would be rice and green beans, which is our preferred foods to serve sesame chicken with.

air fryer sesame chicken

Are you looking for an Air Fryer?

If you are still searching for the perfect air fryer, be sure to check out my post on how to choose the right air fryer.

Does this recipe work as a Ninja Foodi Recipe?

This Air Fryer Sesame Chicken is the perfect Ninja Foodi Recipe.  If using the Ninja Foodi, simply use the air crisp function to make this recipe and follow the instructions as written.

If you are using a Ninja Foodi, you can even cook the sauce right in the pot of the Ninja Foodi with the saute function. 

The sauce would be made after the chicken is cooked and removed from the Foodi. 

Once the sauce is cooked, just add the chicken back in and mix it up.

It actually makes it a one-pot meal with the Ninja Foodi versus using the Air Fryer plus a saucepan.

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Now let’s enjoy this Air Fryer Sesame Chicken!

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Make a delicious air fryer chicken dinner with Air Fryer Sesame Chicken!

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1/2 Cup Cornstarch
  • Olive Oil Spray

Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 5 Tsp Hoisin Sauce or Gluten-Free Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Garlic Clove, Crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Cold Water
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 Tsp Sesame Seeds

Optional

  • Green Onions
  • Cooked Rice

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken into cubed chunks, then toss in a bowl with Cornstarch or Potato Starch. Use enough to coat the chicken evenly.
  2. Place in the Air Fryer and cook according to your Air Fryer Manual for chicken. (Note - I cooked ours on 390* for 24 Minutes, 12 minutes on each side.)When the chicken is in the air fryer, add a nice even coat of olive oil cooking spray, once it's in the air fryer, it works best to mix it up halfway through cook time and add an additional coat of spray.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, in a small saucepan, begin to make the sauce.
  4. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, orange juice, hoisin sauce, ground ginger, and garlic to the saucepan on medium-high heat. Whisk this up until well combined.
  5. Once the sugar has fully dissolved and a low boil is reached, whisk in the water and cornstarch.
  6. Mix in the sesame seeds. (The sauce should only take about 5 minutes or less to make on the stove and then an additional 5 minutes to thicken up.)
  7. Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  8. Once the chicken is done, remove from the air fryer and place in a bowl, and then coat with the sauce.
  9. Serve topped over rice and beans.

Notes

It's important to be sure to look at the cooking time for chicken in the manual of your air fryer. Each air fryer will heat differently. The goal is to get it to 165 degrees, for my Ninja Foodi Air Fryer that's typically 10-12 minutes on each side; however, other air fryers heat differently. Start with the cooking time for chicken in your air fryer, being sure to stir it or mix it halfway through.

If you are using a Ninja Foodi, you can make the sauce in the pot of the foodi.


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 1100mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 30g

21 Comments

  • Jenny

    April 18, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Yum! This looks so good. I think I need an air fryer. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

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    January 16, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    This recipe is so vague, how is the sauce suppose to thicken if you only whisk it. So I put it on the stove and it started to mush together, didn’t know how long to heat it for, the recipe didn’t say anything about that. If you only whisk it will remain a Liquid and not thicken, so I had to add water to loosen it up a bit after heating it up . Maybe this recipe isn’t for beginners I guess.

    1. Kristy

      January 16, 2020 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you for the feedback, I made some updates based on it to clarify more. I hope that helps in the future too.

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  • AstroTalk

    May 8, 2020 at 7:01 am

    I loved this sesame chicken, and it was quite easy to make because of your guidance. I loved it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  • Angela

    May 16, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Do you think I could substitute pineapple juice for the orange juice?

    1. Kristy

      May 17, 2020 at 10:39 am

      I haven’t tried it with that, but I think it would work.

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  • Linda

    May 17, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Cooking chunks of chicken for 24 minutes in an air fryer was wayyyy too long. The pieces came out like dried jerky. I’d suggest cutting the pieces larger, or cooking at a lower temp. The sauce was really good, however.

    1. Kristy

      May 18, 2020 at 8:07 am

      I suggest going with your air fryer manual cook time for chicken, as for my air fryer 12 minutes on each side works perfectly, but every air fryer heats differently. It’s important to know what the normal cook time is for your air fryer for chicken and start with that and check on the chicken about halfway through cook time. The goal is to get it to 165 degrees, also be sure that you are noting the cook times of either chicken thighs or chicken breast, each one maybe a minute or two different.

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  • Mahakal Cosmos

    August 20, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Thankyou for sharing this recipe. I will definitely try this someday.

  • Jessica

    September 30, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    This recipe definitely could have done about 7 minutes for the chicken instead of 24. I did not have the manual handy so figured I’d go on the side of caution and do 16 min: jerky. If you have anything but a Foodie, look up another cooking time/recipe.

    1. Kristy

      September 30, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      Did you use chicken thighs? Or chicken breast? The air fryers unfortunately almost all heat differently. If you make it again, I’d suggest checking on it at 10 minutes, then add time from there.

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