Panko Crusted Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

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The next time you're in the mood for takeout, try this Air Fryer Sesame Chicken instead. This crispy chicken has such great flavor from a homemade tangy sauce that you'll want to put on everything. This easy recipe uses no oil, is high protein and ready in about 20 minutes.
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Plated crispy breaded sesame chicken with green onions and sesame seeds on top.

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

Busy weeknights have never been easier or more delicious. Now you can have crispy sesame chicken from the comfort of your own kitchen…no takeout menu needed!

Panko crusted chicken is baked in the air fryer until golden brown, then tossed in an easy homemade sesame sauce. Using the air fryer makes perfectly crispy honey sesame chicken, every time. 

This delicious dinner is slightly sweet, slightly spicy, totally addicting and pairs perfect with instant pot fried rice and Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • No deep frying needed.
  • High protein and great for weeknights.
  • No preservatives.

Ingredients and Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions for this Air Fryer Sesame Chicken.

Chicken Breasts: chicken thighs or chicken tenders.

Plain Panko Breadcrumbs

Cassava Flour: all-purpose flour, corn starch or arrowroot powder.

Eggs

Sweet and Spicy Soy Chili Sauce

Orange/Orange Juice

Coconut Aminos or Soy Sauce

Dietary Modifications

  • For gluten-free, use coconut aminos and use a gluten-free sweet and sour chili sauce and gluten-free breadcrumbs.
  • This recipe is dairy-free, as is.

How to make air fryer sesame chicken

Step 1: Preheat air fryer and prep chicken

Preheat air fryer. Cut the raw chicken into 24 equally sized bite-size pieces.

Step 2: add ingredients to small bowls

Using 3 separate bowls, add eggs and scramble to one shallow bowl. Add cassava to a separate small bowl. Add panko breadcrumbs to a third separate bowl. Add salt and pepper to panko and mix together.

Step 3: coat chicken

Dip chicken pieces into cassava flour mixture and coat well. Transfer to the beaten eggs mixture and coat thoroughly. Finally, transfer to the panko bread crumbs and evenly coat the outside. 

Step 4: air fry chicken

Set coated pieces of chicken in the air fryer basket in a single layer and repeat until the air fryer is full. You will need to do this in batches so the chicken does not touch or overlap in the air fryer. Air fry at 350 for 10 mins. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your air fryer.

Step 4: make sauce

Mix all sauce ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside while you cook the chicken in batches.

Step 5: coat in sauce and serve

Once the chicken is done, add it to a bowl and top with the sauce. Mix together well to coat evenly. Top chicken with sliced green onions and serve with rice, cauliflower rice or as is.

What to serve with your sesame chicken

Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds to the top of the chicken, of desired.

Serve with white rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or steamed vegetables.

How to store your sesame chicken

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat in the air fryer to bring it back to the perfect crispiness.

If you make this recipe, please leave a rating and/or comment! Tag me on Instagram @ohsnapmacros, I love hearing from you!

Plated crispy breaded sesame chicken with green onions and sesame seeds on top.

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

Danielle Lima
The next time you're in the mood for takeout, try this Air Fryer Sesame Chicken instead. This crispy chicken has such great flavor from a homemade tangy sauce that you'll want to put on everything. This easy recipe uses no oil, is high protein and ready in about 20 minutes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 24 pieces
Calories 56 kcal

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Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lbs. bonless chicken breast
  • 2/3 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup cassava Flour
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and black pepper

Sauce

  • 8 Tbsp. Sweet & Spicy Soy Chili Sauce Private Selection Brand
  • 1 small orange juiced
  • 3 tsp. coconut aminos or soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat air fryer.
  • Using 3 separate bowls, add eggs and scramble to one bowl. Add cassava to a separate bowl. Add panko breadcrumbs to a third separate bowl. Add salt and pepper to panko and mix together.
  • Cut the raw chicken into 24 equally sized bite-sized pieces.
  • Dip chicken pieces into cassava flour and coat well. Transfer to the egg and coat thoroughly. Finally, transfer to the panko bread crumbs and evenly coat the outside.
  • Set coated chicken pieces in the base of the air fryer and repeat until the air fryer is full. You will need to do this in batches so the chicken does not touch or overlap in the air fryer. Cook time will vary depending on your air fryer.
  • Air fry at 350 for 10 mins.
  • Mix all sauce ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside while you cook the chicken in batches.
  • Remove the cooked chicken from the air fryer and add it to a large bowl. Top with the sauce and mix together well to coat evenly. Top chicken with optional sliced green onions or red pepper flakes and serve with rice, cauli rice or as is.

Notes

  • Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary with substitutions.
  • You can also use chicken thighs or tenders.
  • Arrange chicken in a single layer in the air fryer to ensure an even cook. 
  • The nutrition facts listed are for one piece of chicken. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1pieceCalories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 7gFat: 1g
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh, my goodness what a flavor explosion! This recipe was supposed to be for my lunch this upcoming week. Instead my family snacked on it and I had to make another batch! Teenage approved and cowboy hubby approved! Thank you! Thank you! Your recipes are always the bomb diggity!

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