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Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

Our air fryer General Tso’s Chicken recipe is a nice, healthy way to replicate the delicious Chinese take-out. We’re serving it with rice, soup, and a drink.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: air fryer general tsos chicken, air fryer general tsos chicken recipe, how to make genral tsos chicken in an air fryer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 487kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 16 oz boneless skinless chicken thigh cut into chunks
  • 10 tbsp all-purpose flour divided into 8 and 2 tbsp
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp paprika divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp garlic about 3 cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp ginger finely minced
  • 8 oz bok choy rinsed and separated
  • 2 tbsp scallion chopped
  • 1 tbsp white sesame seeds toasted
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flake
  • 3 cups cooked medium-grain rice


  • In a bowl, whisk together 8 tbsp all-purpose flour (save 2 tbsp for later use), 6 tbsp water, 1 tsp paprika, and 1 tsp garlic powder.
    step 1: Make the batter mixture.
  • Add 16 oz chicken thighs to the bowl and mix well to coat. Coat the battered chicken with the remaining all-purpose flour (2 tbsp).
    step 2: Batter and flour the chicken.
  • Line the air fryer’s frying basket with parchment paper. Gently add the chicken and arrange them in 1 layer.
    step 3: Line the air fryer with foil and arrange the chicken.
  • Brush the top with 1 tbsp olive oil and cook at 400°F for 15 minutes.
    step 4: Brush them with oil and cook.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by mixing together 2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 1/2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp garlic, 1 tbsp Sriracha, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tsp lime juice, 1 tsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp paprika, and 1/2 tsp ginger. Set aside.
    step 5: Mix the sauce components together.
  • Remove the chicken and parchment from the air fryer. Line the basket with foil, fix the corners to avoid leaks and add the sauce. Cook for 5 minutes.
    step 6: Cook the sauce in the air fryer.
  • Place 8 oz bok choy into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on medium for 4 minutes. Shock it in an ice bath once it’s cooked.
    step 7: Microwave the bok choy then shock them in an ice bath.
  • Toss the fried chicken with the sauce. Sprinkle on top 2 tbsp scallion, 1 tbsp white sesame seeds, and 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes.
    step 8: Toss the chicken with the sauce and sprinkle scallion and sesame seeds on top
  • Enjoy with 3 cups of cooked rice.
    step 9: Enjoy with cooked rice.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 569mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3102IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 5mg