This is a super quick and easy recipe for Air Fryer General Tso Chicken. I use corn starch to make my chicken extra crispy in the Air Fryer! For this recipe, I use a store bought General Tso sauce but I’ve also included a recipe to make your own homemade sauce as well.
Just when I think that I’ve made everything I can possibly make in my Air Fryer, inspiration hits and I think of something else! I’m a huge fan of Asian cuisine and Chinese food, but let’s be honest, it isn’t always the healthiest thing for you! Also, it can get expensive to keep ordering take out from your favorite restaurant every time you have the craving for some Chinese food! Hmmmm…. if only I could find a cheaper and healthier version General Tso’s Chicken….
So, this is when my Air Fryer saves the day. I’ve had my Air Fryer for about two years now and since that time, I’ve made so many awesome things in it. I’ve made Air Fryer Honey Sriracha Wings, Air Fryer Avocado Fries, Air Fryer Green Beans and even Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu. But lately it has occurred to me that I can make some of my favorite Asian cuisines a little healthier and less expensive by cooking them in my Air Fryer. This brings me to my recipe for Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken.
What Is An Air Fryer?
If you haven’t already jumped on the Air Fryer train, hop on aboard! I love my Air Fryer because I can get “deep fried” results with very little oil. And Air Fryer is a small electronic appliance that cooks your food by using very hot, quickly moving air. This gives you that extra crispy outside while cooking the food perfectly inside! Yes, you do usually use SOME oil, but really just a fraction of what you would use if you pan fried or deep fried something. If you want to learn more about how an Air Fryer works and all you can do with one, check out my Air Fryer Guide.
Should You Use Store Bought Or Homemade General Tso’s Sauce?
I did some research on the best way to make Air Fryer General Tso Chicken. I’ve discovered that there are two paths you can take. You can make your own, homemade General Tso’s Sauce or you can youse a store bought version. As with lot’s of other things, this is a balance between time, money and health benefits. Making your own sauce will probably be a little more expensive (if you have to buy all the ingredients) and time consuming. But it will be healthier and you know exactly what you will be putting into it. Store bought will, simply, just be a lot easier!
For my recipe, I just went with a store bought sauce. I went with this Iron Chef General Tso’s Sauce and was actually pretty impressed with it’s nutritional info. There was only 60 calories per serving and it is all natural with no preservatives. So, I honestly don’t see the need to spend all your time making a homemade sauce.
But, if you are looking for a good recipe for a homemade General Tso’s Chicken Sauce, this one looks really tasty!
Air Fryer General Tso Chicken
A lot of people will say that Potato Starch is the key ingredient to making your chicken extra crispy in the Air Fryer. I would agree with this. I didn’t have Potato Starch on hand and I actually need to go to a special store that was out of my way to get it. So, I used Cornstarch for my recipe. I think that this works just fine if your in a pinch. But, if you have it, I’d certainly recommend subbing for Potato Starch. Also, I used boneless skinless chicken thighs. I’ve come to realize that, simply, I absolutely LOVE chicken thighs in an Air Fryer. But, if you really want to use white meat, you can probably use boneless skinless chicken breasts, I just don’t think they will be as tender.
Check out my recipe card below for complete Air Fryer General Tso Chicken Recipe. Let me know how it turns out for you! Enjoy!
Air Fryer General Tso Chicken
This is a super quick and easy recipe for Air Fryer General Tso Chicken. I use corn starch to make my chicken extra crispy in the Air Fryer! For this recipe, I use a store bought General Tso sauce but I've also included a recipe to make your own homemade sauce as well.
- 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Cut into 1-2 inch pieces
- 1 Cup General Tso's Sauce
- 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 Eggs scrambled
- 1/4 Cup Green Onion
- 1/4 Cup Almonds Shaved
Preheat your Air Fryer to 350 degrees.
Cut your chicken into small chunks, between 1 and 2 inches.
Set up three bowls. One with Cornstarch, one with eggs and one with flour.
Dip the chicken into the cornstarch, then the egg then the flour.
Cook in the Air Fryer for approximately 6 minutes, or until the chicken starts to get crispy on the outside.
When this happens, take the chicken out of the Air Fryer and toss with the sauce in a medium sized bowl.
Continue cooking for 2-4 minutes or until chicken is very crispy on the outside.
Serve over white rice and top with green onions and almonds.