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Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

Air Fryer Fanatics
Make a delicious air fryer chicken dinner with Air Fryer Sesame Chicken!
4.38 from 332 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Air Fryer Chicken Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 335 kcal



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


  • 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


  • Green Onions
  • Cooked Rice


  • Cut the chicken into cubed chunks, then toss in a bowl with Cornstarch or Potato Starch. Use enough to coat the chicken evenly.
  • Place in the Air Fryer and cook according to your Air Fryer Manual for chicken. (Note - I cooked ours on 390* for 15-20 minutes, the internal temperature needs to be at least 165*F to be considered well done.)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.
  • While the chicken is cooking, in a small saucepan, begin to make the sauce.
  • 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.
  • Once the sugar has fully dissolved and a low boil is reached, whisk in the water and cornstarch.
  • 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.)
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Once the chicken is done, remove from the air fryer and place in a bowl, and then coat with the sauce.
  • Serve topped over rice and beans.



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.


Serving: 1gCalories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 30gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 1100mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6g
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