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Air Fryer Orange Chicken

Air Fryer Orange Chicken is a delicious and crispy chicken that is coated in a sweet and spicy sauce. This healthy orange chicken makes for an easy dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword air fryer orange chicken, orange chicken
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 303kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • cup rice wine vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  • cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ cups cornstarch
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Spray oil
  • 2 Scallions Chopped

Instructions

Sauce

  • Get out and measure all of your ingredients.
  • Using vegetable peeler, remove eight 2-inch strips of zest from 1 orange. Using rasp-style grater, grate 1½ teaspoons zest from the remaining orange. Halve both oranges and squeeze to get ¾ cup juice. Combine orange zest (strips and grated) and juice, broth, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, sriracha, and oil in a medium saucepan and whisk to dissolve cornstarch.
  • Bring sauce to simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Cook until dark brown and thickened, about 5 minutes. Cover and set aside.

Chicken

  • Get out ingredients for chicken.
  • Combine chicken, egg whites, and salt in bowl.
  • Place cornstarch, flour, and baking powder in a resealable bag, shake gently to combine.
  • Add chicken mixture to cornstarch mixture in the bag.
  • Slide the top of the bag to seal, and shake vigorously to thoroughly coat chicken; set aside.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Spray the basket or tray of your air fryer with oil.
  • Fill your basket or tray with a single layer of the chicken. Making sure to shake the excess cornstarch off before adding each piece to the basket/tray. I usually dump chicken out of bag to allow each piece of chicken to be shaken and excess cornstarch removed.
  • Spray the chicken with oil, then place in the preheated air fryer.
  • Cook the chicken for 6 minutes, then flip all of the pieces over, spray with oil, then place back in the air fryer for another 5-6 minutes.
  • Chicken is done when it has an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Repeat steps 6-10 until all of the chicken has been cooked.
  • Toss sauce and chicken in a large bowl.
  • Stir until chicken is evenly coated.
  • Serve, garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy every bite!

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 990mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg