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Full-Flavored Orange Chicken in the Air Fryer

An extremely fun recipe to make and eat; Powerfully Flavored Orange Chicken starts in the air fryer and ends up in a pot full of flavor!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 281kcal
Author: David Wayne (Instant Pot Dave)
Cost: $16


  • Air Fryer
  • Large Sauce Pot or Pan
  • Stove or Hot Plate


  • 2 lbs Chicken Breast cut into bite size pieces

Chicken Dredge

  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Ginger powder


  • 4 Large Garlic Cloves Diced
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger Diced About a half a thumb's worth
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Orange zested and juiced ~1/2 cup Juice ~3 Tbsp Zest
  • 1 Lemon juiced ~1/3 cup
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Yellow or Sweet Onion chopped into bite size pieces
  • 2 Orange or Red Bell Peppers chopped into bite size pieces

Cornstarch Slurry

  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch cornstarch slurry
  • 6 Tbsp Water cornstarch slurry


Preparing the Chicken

  • Cut the chicken pieces into bite size pieces and add them to a mixing bowl
  • Mix 1/4 cup cornstarch, black pepper, salt and ground ginger and add to the chicken
  • Mix the cornstarch mixture with the chicken so the chicken is evenly covered
  • Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes at 400°F
  • Spray the hot air fryer basket with oil and add the chicken pieces to the basket
  • Spray the chicken with oil and put basket into the air fryer
  • Cook for 8 minutes at 380°F and then use a spatula to flip the chicken over in quadrants, 1/4th at a time, breaking up the chicken pieces as you go and spray with oil
  • Return the basket to the air fryer and cook for 4 more minutes at 380°F
  • Plate and cover the chicken in aluminum foil, set aside

Making the Sauce

  • Zest and juice one large orange plus juice one lemon, add to a pot or saucepan
  • Mix all other sauce ingredients except bell pepper and onion into the pot or saucepan with the orange and lemon juice
  • Turn on stove or hot plate to medium-high heat under the sauce pot
  • Chop onion and bell peppers into large bite size pieces and add to the sauce
  • Let simmer for 5 minutes stirring every minute
  • Add the cooked chicken to the sauce and carefully stir Chicken down into sauce
  • Mix 3 Tbsp of cornstarch and 6 Tbsp of water in a small bowl or cup to make a slurry
  • Carefully stir slurry into the sauce and chicken
  • Bring sauce to a boil, stirring often, until sauce thickens and turn stove or hotplate off
  • Serve over rice or steamed veggies



Air Fryers all cook a little differently, even of the same model.  Make sure the chicken is cooked through without any pink.  If there is still a little pink in the middle, cook for a couple more minutes.  Enjoy the amazing flavor!
Watch the video for instruction and motivation.


Calories: 281kcal