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Air Fryer Orange Chicken

There are many claims about the take-out fake-out recipe tasting even better than the restaurant version, but this one is actually true! Not only is this Air Fryer Orange Chicken easy to make, it blows away the competition!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 358kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons tapioca flour or cornstarch, divided
  • Avocado oil spray
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sweet orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger


  • Add chicken to a zippered bag along with 3 tablespoons of tapioca flour (or cornstarch) and shake to coat well
  • Spray bottom of air fryer basket well with avocado oil
  • Remove chicken from freezer bag and shake off any excess coating
  • Add to a single layer in the air fryer basket and spray tops with additional avocado oil
  • Cook in air fryer at 400 degrees for 3-5 minutes, flip, then continue cooking for 3-5 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through
  • In the meantime, whisk remaining 1 tablespoon of tapioca flour (or cornstarch) with 1 tablespoon water until smooth
  • Add with remaining ingredients in saucepan and heat while whisking until it simmers and thickens (taste and add additional honey if desired for sweetness)
  • Toss cooked chicken with thickened sauce and serve immediately


  • Substitute cornstarch for tapioca flour, if needed.
  • Add more honey for a sweeter result
  • Adjust hot sauce to your preference or eliminate 


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 740mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg