Air Fryer Honey Sesame Chicken – Better Than Takeaway!

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What Is Air Fryer Honey Sesame Chicken?

Air Fryer Honey Sesame Chicken with its irresistible combination of tender chicken, crispy coating, and nutty sesame flavour will undoubtedly be a family favourite.

Ingredients

Serves 2

  • 500 g Chicken Thighs (skinned and boneless) or 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 100g cornflour
  • Marinade:
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • Sauce:
    • 60ml soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour
    • 60ml water
    • Sesame seeds to garnish
    • Chopped spring onions to garnish

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How To Make Air Fryer Honey Sesame Chicken

Marinating The Chicken

Pat dry the chicken with kitchen paper and cut it into bite-sized chunks.

Add to a large bowl the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic, grated ginger and a teaspoon of sesame oil. Stir well to coat the chicken.

Allow the chicken to soak up the flavours for at least 30 minutes, or ideally, marinate it overnight for a more intense flavour.

Coating The Chicken

Take two separate bowls, use one for the beaten egg and the other for the cornflour.

Let the excess marinade drip off the chicken pieces.

Dip each chicken piece into the beaten egg and then place it in the cornflour, making sure the chicken is generously coated with the cornflour.

Air Fryer Honey Sesame Chicken

Preheat your air fryer to 200C /400F for 5 minutes.

Spray the air fryer basket with oil or use a liner.

Arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they have space to cook evenly. Spray with olive oil

Air fry at 200C/400F for 8-10 minutes. Turn the chicken re-spray with oil and cook for a further 6-7 minutes until golden brown.

Making The Sauce

While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce.

In a small saucepan, whisk together hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, cornflour and water.

Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens.

Serving The Air Fryer Honey Sesame Chicken

Once the chicken is cooked to crispy perfection, transfer it to a bowl.

Pour the sauce over the chicken and toss to coat each piece.

Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.

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Serving Suggestions

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Rice Bowl

Serve the Air Fryer Honey Sesame Chicken over a bed of jasmine rice or brown rice. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the rice for extra flavour.

Roasted Vegetables

How about a side of vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, and snap peas? The sweet and savoury chicken will complement the veggies perfectly.

Asian Noodles

Try serving the honey sesame chicken alongside cooked Asian noodles like udon or chow mein. Toss the noodles with a bit of sesame oil and soy sauce for a complete meal.

Salad

Create a delicious salad by placing the honey sesame chicken over a bed of fresh mixed greens. Add sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, and a drizzle of sesame ginger sauce.

Wraps or Tacos

Fill tortillas or lettuce leaves with the honey sesame chicken and coleslaw for a delicious wrap or taco.

Quinoa or Couscous

Offer a healthy dish by serving the chicken with cooked quinoa or couscous. The nutty flavours will complement the sesame sauce.

Sesame Fried Rice

Prepare a batch of sesame-fried rice by stir-frying cooked rice with scrambled eggs, diced vegetables, and a touch of sesame oil. Top with the honey sesame chicken.

Sesame Chicken Skewers

Thread the honey sesame chicken onto skewers for a fun presentation. Serve with a side of dipping sauce.

Storing Honey Sesame Chicken

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Allow the cooked honey sesame chicken to cool down to room temperature before storing. Leave no longer than 2 hours at room temperature as bacteria can form.

Place the chicken in an airtight container to prevent moisture.

Store the container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

How To Freeze Honey Sesame Chicken

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If you want to freeze the honey sesame chicken for longer storage, it’s best to freeze the chicken without the sauce. This helps maintain the crispy texture.

Place the cooled chicken pieces on a baking sheet in a single layer, ensuring they don’t touch. Freeze for about 1-2 hours or until the chicken is firm.

Once the chicken is partially frozen, transfer the pieces to a freezer-safe zip-top bag. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag tightly.

Label the bag with the date and contents.

Store the frozen chicken in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating Frozen Sesame Chicken In The Air Fryer

To reheat frozen honey sesame chicken, preheat your air fryer to 180C / 360F.

Place the frozen chicken pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You can brush them lightly with a bit of oil to help regain some crispiness.

Cook for 5-7 minutes, flipping or shaking the basket halfway through, until the chicken is heated through and crispy.

If you’re reheating refrigerated honey sesame chicken, preheat the air fryer and follow the same steps, reducing the cooking time to 3-4 minutes.

Reheating Refrigerated Sesame Chicken In The Air Fryer

If you’re reheating refrigerated honey sesame chicken, preheat the air fryer and follow the same steps for frozen sesame chicken, reducing the cooking time to 3-4 minutes.

Note: While reheating, keep an eye on the chicken to avoid overcooking and drying it out. It’s normal for the texture to be slightly less crispy after reheating, but the flavour should still be delicious.

By following these guidelines, you can enjoy your Air Fryer Honey Sesame Chicken even after it has been stored in the refrigerator or freezer while maintaining its taste and quality.

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Q&A

It’s recommended to use thawed chicken for better results.

Thaw the chicken in the refrigerator overnight before marinating and air frying.

Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours of the sauce to penetrate the meat. For more intense flavour, marinate for up to 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

You can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs for this recipe. All work well and provide juicy results.

To prevent drying out, make sure not to overcook the chicken. Follow the recommended cooking time and check the chicken’s internal temperature. It should reach 74C/165F for safe consumption.

If you prefer extra sauce, feel free to double the sauce recipe. This way, you’ll have plenty to coat the chicken and drizzle over your chosen sides.

Make a gluten-free version by using gluten-free soy sauce instead of regular soy sauce. Ensure that all other sauce ingredients are also gluten-free.

If you prefer a spicier sauce, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of Sriracha to the honey sesame glaze. Adjust the amount according to your heat preference.

Experiment with poppy seeds, chia seeds, or a blend of your favourites for a unique twist.

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