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Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

20 minutes is all you need to make this simple Air Fryer Sesame Chicken! The easiest and more flavorful sticky sauce coats crispy chicken pieces. Air Fryer and Stovetop instructions!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Author Amy Rains


  • 3.5 tbsp arrowroot starch* divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • avocado oil or olive oil spray** (if using stovetop you'll need 3 tbsp oil)
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos***
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp juice from an orange
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp diced green onion
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tbsp arrowroot starch and garlic powder. Place inside an air tight container or ziploc bag. Place the starch in the container with the chicken, and shake until each piece is coated. Place the chicken inside the air fryer basket, and spray with oil on both sides of the chicken.

  2. Set the air fryer timer to 12 minutes and 370 degrees (please note that different air fryers cook differently and it may need to cook longer or shorter). Check at the halfway mark and toss so it cooks evenly on both sides.

  3. While chicken is cooking, make the sauce. In a small sauce pan, whisk together coconut aminos, vinegar, orange juice, zest, ginger and garlic. Whisk in the remaining 1/2 tbsp of arrowroot, and cook over medium heat until thick (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat.

  4. If using the stovetop, heat a large skillet to medium/medium high heat. Once hot, toss in 3 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil. Add chicken and cook on both sides consistently flipping so the starch doesn't stick to the pan. Cook until golden brown and chicken is completely cooked through (about 10-12 minutes).

  5. Once chicken is cooked, toss in a large bowl with sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion to serve.

Recipe Notes

*Can also use potato starch or tapioca starch

**I have a spray bottle with avocado oil. You can also use cooking spray.

***You can use GF Tamari Sauce in place of coconut aminos, but this will make the recipe more salty. You will need to add in additional vinegar and orange juice for balance.