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air fryer sesame chicken with broccoli

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

Course Main Course
Keyword air fryer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people


For the Chicken:

  • 3/4 cup (90 grams) cornstarch or tapioca flour/starch for paleo
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (453 grams) pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 large (50 grams, out of shell) egg beaten
  • olive oil or cooking spray

For the Sesame Sauce:

  • ½ cup (120 ml) soy sauce or coconut aminos for paleo/soy-free (use GF soy sauce for a GF version)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

To serve:

  • rice or cauliflower rice, optional
  • green onions, optional


To make the chicken:

  1. Preheat the air fryer at 400 °F (205 °C) for 5 minutes.

  2. Place the cornstarch in a small bowl.

  3. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the chicken pieces and use your hands to make sure it's evenly coated.

  4. Toss the chicken pieces with the egg.

  5. Dip the pieces into the cornstarch, making sure that the pieces are evenly coated all over.

  6. Put the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer.
  7. Spray with olive oil using an oil mister or cooking spray.

  8. Cook at 400 °F (205 °C) for 15-17 minutes or until crisp and the internal temperature reaches 165 °F (74 °C).

  9. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce.

To make the sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan, mix together all of the ingredients.
  2. Cook at medium-high heat for about 4-5 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  3. Put the chicken in a large bowl and pour the sauce over the chicken. Coat the chicken in the sauce.
  4. Serve with rice. Top with green onions, if desired.
  5. This is best enjoyed immediately.