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Air Fryer General Tso's Chicken

Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken

The Foodie Physician
General Tso's Chicken is a favorite on Chinese restaurant menus everywhere!  Crispy chicken is tossed in a spicy, sweet, tangy sauce.  This version is better than takeout and healthier too!  Make it in the air fryer for a delicious dinner in under 30 minutes.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4
Calories 312 kcal


  • Chicken:
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 8 thighs)
  • 2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Sauce:
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil or other neutral-flavored oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • ¾ cup reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Mix the chicken with 2 teaspoons soy sauce and let it sit for a few minutes to marinate. Then, toss the chicken and cornstarch together in a large zip topped plastic bag until the chicken pieces are fully coated.
  • Spray or brush the air fryer rack with olive oil and arrange the chicken pieces on the rack in a single layer. Do not overcrowd the pan (you may have to cook the chicken in batches). Cook 8-10 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Shake the basket halfway through. Remove the chicken and place on a plate. Cook the remaining chicken.
  • To make the sauce, heat the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the soy sauce, Hoisin sauce, chicken stock, vinegar, brown sugar, and sesame oil and simmer 2-3 minutes. Mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water and add it to the saucepan. Simmer another minute or two until thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Remove chicken from the air fryer and toss with the sauce. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve with brown rice.



Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 717mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword chicken, healthy dinner
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