Making super crispy chicken bites without deep frying is possible, with an air fryer. And I love making it this way at home. Which is why this air fryer General Tso chicken is so perfect to make the next time you find yourself craving some Chinese/American style food. And those perfectly crispy chicken bites are tossed in an easy to make General Tso sauce. Serve up your air fryer General Tso chicken with a side of rice and veggies for a flavour packed meal that's well balanced and so delicious.
Here's everything you'll need to make the crispy air fryer chicken bites and the General Tso sauce.
Lightly season the chicken with salt.
Preheat the air fryer.
In a large bowl pour in the buttermilk. In a second large bowl, add the flour, potato starch, garlic powder and ground ginger and mix well.
Add the chicken to the buttermilk and toss to coat.
Remove the chicken and place in the flour and coat on all sides.
Tap excess flour off and transfer to the air fryer.
Spray well with oil and bake for 12 to 13 minutes, until crispy and cooked through. There is no need to flip, but check halfway through to see if you need to spray more oil on any dry/floury spots.
Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and drizzle in some of the sauce (you will likely have more sauce than needed). Toss to coat.
Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion. Serve while hot and enjoy!
While the chicken is baking, make the sauce. In a small saucepan, heat the oil over medium-low heat and once hot, toss in the garlic and ginger. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Increase the heat to medium and add the rice vinegar, hoisin, tamari, chili crisp (or sriracha), brown sugar and sesame oil and stir well to combine. Cook for two to three minutes, until just starting to thicken.
In a small bowl, whisk together the water and arrowroot (or cornstarch). Once combined, add to the sauce and continue whisking for a few minutes, until thickened and reduced, about three to five minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
This air fryer General Tso chicken tastes best when served hot and fresh.
You can store the chicken and sauce separately and then re-crisp the chicken bites in the air fryer for a few minutes before tossing with the sauce.
To prep this recipe, you can easily make the General Tso sauce ahead to save time. Reheat on low heat before tossing on the chicken and serving.
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A perfectly easy way to enjoy delicious and crispy air fryer General Tso chicken at home. Serve with rice and veggies for a full meal.