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Air Fryer Orange Chicken

Air Fryer Orange Chicken

This Air Fryer Orange Chicken is definitely one of my favorites! I never knew I liked Orange Chicken until I had it (and copycatted) at Applebees! It's a really quick dish to make and I had all the ingredients in my house - and making it in the air fryer was a snap.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine chinese
Servings 4
Calories 615 kcal


  • 1 lb chicken breast cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup korean bbq sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 2-3 sprigs cilantro chopped
  • 2-3 green onions


  • Prepare rice according to package directions
  • In a bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg, add chicken chunks and coat them in egg mixture
  • Place flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper in a ziploc bag
  • Remove chicken from egg mixture (shake it off) and place into bag with flour. Shake so all chicken is lightly coated.
  • Shake off chicken and place in air fryer in a single layer, not touching
  • Spray with a good amount of olive oil
  • Air fry at 375 for 4 minutes
  • Turn chicken pieces and spray with olive oil and air fry 4 additional minutes
  • While chicken is air frying, heat skillet to medium high heat and add olive oil and minced garlic
  • Saute garlic for one minute
  • Grate orange with microplane into skillet. Add orange juice, hoisin, bbq sauce, honey, cayenne and sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 1-2 minutes until sauce thickens, stirring frequently
  • Remove sauce from heat
  • Remove chicken bites from air fryer and add to skillet.
  • Coat each bite with sauce and then - using tongs - put chicken back into air fryer in a single layer
  • Air fry at 400 for 4 minutes
  • In serving bowls, place rice in each bowl. Top with orange chicken and diced cilantro and green onion.


Calories: 615kcalCarbohydrates: 104.2gProtein: 32.5gFat: 6.9gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 1191mgPotassium: 792mgFiber: 3.3gSugar: 40.4gCalcium: 71mgIron: 14mg
Keyword air fryer, chicken, orange
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