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The Essential Air Fryer Cookbook- Easy General Tso’s Chicken - Air Fryer

Easy General Tso’s Chicken

Check out this recipe for Easy General Tso’s Chicken made quickly & easily in the Air Fryer. Such a delicious dinner recipe that’s better than takeout.
Course dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken, chinese, general tso
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 3 cups


For the sauce

  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin

For the chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts - cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 medium scallion just greens for garnish
  • sesame seeds for garnish


To make the sauce

  • Combine sesame oil, garlic, and ginger in a small saucepan.
  • Cook over low heat for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, sriracha, and hoisin and whisk to combine.
  • Add the cornstarch and whisk and continue cooking over low heat until sauce starts to thicken.
  • Remove from heat, cover and set aside.

To make the chicken

  • In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, soy sauce and cornstarch. Toss to combine.
  • Place chicken in the air fryer basket, spray with olive oil and cook at 400 degrees for 16 minutes.
  • Toss chicken halfway through cooking and spray with a little more olive oil.
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, transfer to a large bowl and toss with prepared sauce.
  • Top with scallion greens and sesame seeds.


You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Feel free to add in some dried red chili peppers if you like to spice it up even more. You can also add 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers to this recipe. To keep it light, skip tossing the chicken in the soy sauce and cornstarch, cook as directed and toss in the prepared sauce.