This air-fryer take on the Chinese takeout favorite is much lower in fat and sodium than most restaurant versions. If your air fryer basket is on the smaller side, try cooking in batches so that there's enough room for the air to circulate and crisp up the chicken.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Greg DuPree

Recipe Summary

20 mins
35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Beat egg in a large bowl, add chicken, and coat well. In another bowl, combine 1/3 cup cornstarch with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken with a fork to cornstarch mixture, and stir with a spatula to coat every piece.

  • Transfer chicken to air-fryer oven racks (or fryer basket, in batches), leaving a little space between pieces. Preheat air-fryer at 400°F for 3 minutes. Add the battered chicken; cook for 12 to 16 minutes, giving things a shake midway. Let dry 3 to 5 minutes. If chicken is still damp on one side, cook for 1 to 2 minutes more.

  • Whisk together remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch with broth, soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, and rice vinegar. Heat canola oil and chiles in a large skillet over medium heat. When gently sizzling, add the ginger and garlic; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  • Re-whisk cornstarch mixture; stir into mixture in skillet. Increase heat to medium-high. When sauce begins to bubble, add chicken. Stir to coat; cook until sauce thickens and nicely clings to chicken, about 1 1/2 minutes. Turn off heat; stir in 1 tablespoon green onion and sesame oil. Transfer to a serving plate, and top with sesame seeds and remaining 1 tablespoon green onion.

Nutrition Facts

302 calories; total fat 13g; saturated fat 3g; sodium 611mg; potassium 176mg; carbohydrates 18g; fiber 0g; sugar 4g; protein 26g; calcium 30mg.


Rating: 5.0 stars
We really liked this as did our picky teenager and her friend. I've learned to cut the chicken a bit smaller, which makes it cook quicker but also just more like my family is used to - Trader Joes, etc. Thanks! We'll have this again and might play around with a few ingredients.
Rating: 2.0 stars
This was a lot of work with all the ingredients, not worth a week night dinner as mine turned out bland for all the stuff that was put in it. It is also not budget friendly. If you looking for Chinese go another route.