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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:

  • Preheat the air fryer at 400 °F (205 °C) for 5 minutes.
  • Place the cornstarch in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the chicken pieces and use your hands to make sure it's evenly coated.
  • Toss the chicken pieces with the egg.
  • Dip the pieces into the cornstarch, making sure that the pieces are evenly coated all over.
  • Put the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer.
  • Spray with olive oil using an oil mister or cooking spray.
  • Cook at 400 °F (205 °C) for 15-17 minutes or until crisp and the internal temperature reaches 165 °F (74 °C).
  • While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce.

To make the sauce:

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