You are going to love how easy it is to make this delicious Air Fryer Orange Chicken recipe. Both kids and adults love this gooey chicken dish that is gluten-free, too!

two bowls or orange chicken served over white rice

Air Fryer Chicken

I love cooking with the air fryer because it doesn’t heat up my whole kitchen like the oven does. Honestly, I used to think that the air fryer was just another frivolous appliance, but how I am addicted to it.

You can definitely make this recipe using a regular oven as well, you just need to cook the chicken on a baking sheet for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees.

Recipe Highlights

And, I am addicted to this delicious Air Fryer Orange Chicken recipe. You aren’t going to believe how easy it is to make a healthy version of a favorite take-out dish.

Recipe Steps

Step One

The first step in this recipe is to cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add them to a mixing bowl to toss with the arrowroot starch (you can also use cornstarch).

chicken and starch in a mixing bowl

Step Two

Then, transfer the chicken to your air fryer and cook it for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

chicken in the basket of an air fryer

Step Three

While the chicken cooks, you can make the sauce on the stovetop. You’ll just need a few ingredients including: orange juice, coconut aminos (or tamarind or soy sauce), maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil.

The sauce will thicken and become gooey with the addition of arrowroot or cornstarch (see the recipe card below for exact measurements and substitutions).

orange sauce for chicken

Step Four

The last steps are to add the chicken to the saucepan with the sauce. The sauce is a bit thicker than this picture.

saucepan with chicken and orange sauce

Step Five

Serve your healthy orange chicken over steamed white rice or sautéed cauliflower rice. Sometimes I also like to throw some steamed broccoli florets into my bowl. This is such a satisfying meal!

cooked chicken with sesame seeds on top

FAQs

What if I don’t have fresh orange juice?

You can use jarred orange juice if you don’t have fresh orange juice. But, I really prefer freshly-squeezed orange juice for this recipe.

What air fryer do you recommend?

I have tried several different models, and they all pretty much work the same. I am currently using this air fryer model.

Watch me make this recipe on YouTube!

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bowl of orange chicken with sesame seeds sprinkled on top

Here is the printable recipe:

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Air Fryer Orange Chicken

bowl of orange chicken served over rice

You are going to love how easy it is to make this delicious Air Fryer Orange Chicken recipe. Both kids and adults love this gooey chicken dish that is gluten-free, too!

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 1.25 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch, divided*
  • 3 oranges, juiced (about ¾ cup)
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos*
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce***

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken into 1-inch bite-sized pieces and place in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add ¼ cup of arrowroot starch and use a spatula to coat the chicken.
  3. Place the chicken in the basket of your air fryer (see below for oven instructions) and cook for 15 minutes at 400°F.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce. In a large saucepan, combine the orange juice, coconut aminos, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, ground ginger, and fish sauce.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of arrowroot starch and turn the heat to medium.
  6. Let the mixture come to a simmer for about 2 minutes, and then turn off the heat. Cover the pot with a lid.
  7. When the chicken has finished cooking, transfer it to the saucepan with the sauce. Stir so the chicken is coated and serve immediately.

Notes

Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

*If you don’t have arrowroot starch, you can use cornstarch.

**If you don’t have coconut aminos, you can use reduced sodium tamari (gluten-free) or soy sauce (not gluten-free).

***If you don’t have fish sauce, just leave it out.

OVEN instructions: cook the chicken on a baking sheet for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees F. 

Keywords: healthy orange chicken, paleo orange chicken, gluten free orange chicken

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