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Air Fryer Orange Chicken

by: claire cary

This crispy air fryer orange chicken is full of flavor and so easy to make. It's naturally gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and comes together in about 30 minutes.
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins



  • 1 pound chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons corn or tapioca starch
  • 3 tablespoons gluten free (or regular) breadcrumbs plain with no extra seasonings


  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ¼ cup honey see notes
  • ¼ cup low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2-3 teaspoons sriracha or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Add your cubed chicken breast to a bowl and toss with the soy sauce. Set aside to marinate for about 15 minutes.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Toss the chicken with the cornstarch, then toss with the breadcrumbs.
  • Add to your air fryer in a single layer. Cook for 10-14 minutes, tossing halfway. How long you need to cook it for just depends on how thick your chicken breasts were.
  • While the chicken is cooking, add the minced garlic to a pot with the oil. Saute until lightly golden brown.
  • Add all remaining ingredients aside from the water and starch and bring to a low simmer.
  • Whisk together the cornstarch and water and add to the pot with the sauce.
  • Whisk together and let simmer until thick. Remove from the heat and let cool which will help it thicken further.
  • When the chicken is done (be sure to cut into the largest piece to ensure it is cooked all the way through) add to a bowl and cool for just a couple of minutes.
  • Pour half of the sauce on top and toss to combine. This recipe makes quite a bit of sauce, I like to add probably 2/3 of it to the chicken, then reserve the rest for serving.
  • Serve immediately with steamed broccoli, rice or enjoy as is!


If you're using full strength soy sauce, you'll want to cut it back to about 3 tablespoons so it isn't too strong. 
You can sub the honey with any other sweetener of choice. This recipe is not as sweet as traditional orange chicken from a restaurant, so feel free to add more sweetener to taste as needed.
Serving: 1bowl / Calories: 297kcal / Carbohydrates: 30g / Protein: 26g / Fat: 7g / Saturated Fat: 1g / Fiber: 1g / Sugar: 18g

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