Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken

Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken is a lighter take on a classic recipe that you’re going to love! All the same flavors you crave but so much better for you than the fried version!

We love taking classic dishes and lightening them up by either making them low carb or law fat, or just plain better for you! Craving taco night but doing low carb? Try these Naked Sheet Pan Tacos! Maybe you’re craving some tasty chicken nuggets but don’t want the fat? These Grilled Chicken Nuggets are the answer!

General Tso's Chicken dish made in an air fryer

Better For You General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

So when we decided that we were going to make this Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken, our boys were skeptical. They just love the classic take out version and they really didn’t want us messing with it.

But mess with it, we did.

I’m telling you guys you’re going to love the lightened up version of this General Tso’s Chicken recipe so much, it might just replace that deep fried classic take out dish altogether!

What If I Don’t Have An Air Fryer?

No worries, we have also included oven instructions in the recipe card below. Using an air fryer will make the chicken pieces the crispiest, but a hot oven will do the trick too. If you can grab a large air fryer with a big basket like this one HERE, you’ll have this chicken ready in no time!

General Tso's Chicken recipe in a skillet with scallions

Can I Make This Chicken Recipe Ahead Of Time?

Because you want that super crispy coating, this chicken is best made and eaten right away. HOWEVER, leftovers of this Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken will never get thrown away at our house. It still tastes amazing reheated in the microwave over rice the next day – IF you have any leftover, which we typically do not.

Air Frier General Tso's Chicken with sesame seeds and scallions

What Are The Ingredients For The Sauce?

Just a few ingredients, which are pretty much all pantry staples at our house! Once you buy that jar of garlic chili paste it’ll last you a while!

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

You can make this sauce as spicy or as mild as you like. Just add more or less chili garlic sauce to your liking. In our family, some of us like it spicier than others so we make the recipe as is and then just have sriracha or more chili garlic sauce on the side!

General Tso's Chicken on a black plate with chop sticks

What Can I Serve With General Tso’s Chicken?

Our favorite way to serve this chicken recipe is with brown or white rice on the side. Of course you can add a side of steamed broccoli or any other steamed vegetable too. Our boys love when we order dumplings with our Chinese food take out so sometimes we even make these homemade Pot Stickers!

Crispy General Tso's Chicken made in an air fryer instead of deep fried

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Crispy General Tso's Chicken made in an air fryer instead of deep fried

Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This lighter version of the classic take out dish will have you jumping for joy! Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken has all the flavors you crave but without all the fat from frying!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, diced into roughly 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste (or fresh finely chopped ginger)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • Chopped scallions and sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the diced chicken in a bowl and toss together with the egg. Add the cornstarch to another bowl. Take a few pieces of the chicken at a time and toss them into the cornstarch, shaking off the excess and then place onto a board or a plate. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then place into the basket of an air fryer, single layer is best, at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. If you have an air fryer that has racks, this can definitely be done in one batch, but the air fryers with a basket will most likely be done in two batches.
  3. Mix the chicken broth, soy sauce, chili garlic paste, honey, rice wine vinegar and cornstarch together in a bowl.
  4. Add the oil to a large skillet over medium heat and cook the garlic for a minute or two until it’s lightly browned. Whisk the sauce once more and then pour into the skillet. Whisk the sauce as it starts to thicken and then add the chicken and toss.
  5. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions, serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Oven instructions: After you coat the chicken in cornstarch, place it on a sheet pan that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Spray the chicken with an olive oil based spray and then bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes. turn the chicken over and cook another 5 minutes. Follow the rest of the instructions starting with the sauce.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mantitlement, air fryer recipes, chicken recipes, chicken thigh recipes, recipes with chicken breast, take out at home

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