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Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Recipe

This air fryer sesame chicken recipe needs 26 minutes to turn out an addictive Chinese dish. It’s got chicken, sauce, rice, and vegetables.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time21 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Global
Keyword: air fryer sesame chicken, air fryer sesame chicken recipe, how to make sesame chicken in an air fryer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 503kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 8 oz broccoli cut into florets
  • 4 oz green beans cut into bite-sized segments
  • 20 oz skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp garlic about a clove, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds toasted
  • 2 tbsp scallion chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked medium-grain rice


  • Place 8 oz broccoli and 4 oz green beans into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on medium for 4 minutes. When it’s finished cooking, shock with cold water to keep them crisp.
    step 1: Microwave the veg, then shock them in water.
  • Meanwhile, make the foil baking tray. Rub 20 oz chicken thigh with 1/2 tbsp canola oil, 1 tsp minced garlic, and 1 tsp ginger, then place it all into the foil tray. Air-fry at 400°F for 10 minutes.
    step 2: Toss the chicken with oil and aromatics, then air-fry.
  • Deal with the veg as aforementioned (it’s probably done by now) and mix the sauce ingredients together: 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tsp sriracha, 1/2 tbsp water, 1 tsp hoisin sauce, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp cornstarch, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, and 1/2 tsp brown sugar.
    step 3: Mix the sauce ingredients while you wait.
  • Once the chicken is done, pour the sauce on top and give it all a gentle stir. Cook for another 7 minutes at the same temperature.
    step 4: Pour the sauce onto the chicken, toss, and air-fry some more.
  • Drizzle 1 tbsp sesame oil and sprinkle 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds with 2 tbsp chopped scallions on top of the chicken. Enjoy with 3 1/2 cups cooked rice.
    step 5: Sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped scallions on top, and enjoy with rice and cooked veg.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 526mg | Potassium: 679mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 930IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 5mg