Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

One of the easiest ways to make Sesame Chicken is in your Air Fryer. If you don’t own an Air Fryer you don’t know what you are missing.

air fryer sesame chicken

Up until now, If I’m not grilling my chicken on the BBQ I would use my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Now that I’ve made this Sesame Chicken in my Air Fryer, I don’t think I will ever go back to using my Pressure Cooker.

air fryer sesame chicken

Not that there is anything wrong with making chicken in the Pressure Cooker. But there is a time and a place for that. In my opinion, I prefer the way the chicken turns out in the air fryer versus my Instant Pot.

air fryer sesame chicken

I have every type of oil on hand so for me sesame oil is no big deal but if you don’t have any you can use any oil that is neutral in flavor like olive oil, sunflower oil or even canola oil. The reason for using oil is to help the dry rub stick to the chicken.

sesame oil

Tips

  • Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Additionally, some air fryers cook hotter (food positioned closer to the heating element, etc.) so I recommend checking the internal temperature of the chicken with a digital thermometer around the 20-minute mark when you flip the breast over.
air fryer sesame chicken

The dry rub I list on the recipe card is optional but serves as a good starting point for those of you that aren’t very familiar with dry rubs. If you have another kind of poultry rub be my guest. At a minimum, you should use a little salt & pepper.

dry rub for air fryer chicken
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How to Handle Raw Chicken

  • Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
  • Do not wash raw chicken (prevents cross-contamination).
  • Wash all utensils and cutting boards.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
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You will need the following ingredients to make Sesame Chicken in your Air Fryer (see recipe card for quantities): Chicken Breasts, Sesame Oil, Kosher Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder and Cayenne Pepper.

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer to 350°F.
  2. Rub each chicken breast with sesame oil.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper.
  4. Rub each chicken breast with the dry rub ensuring both breasts are entirely covered.
  5. Place the chicken breasts on the rack (or basket) inside the air fryer.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes then flip the chicken breasts and continue cooking for another 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer when the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  8. Optionally garnish the chicken with sesame seeds.

Printable Recipe Card

air fryer sesame chicken

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

One of the easiest ways to make Sesame Chicken is in your Air Fryer. If you don't own an Air Fryer you don't know what you are missing.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 401 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
Dry Rub
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ Tbsp Paprika
  • ½ Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Tbsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper, or to taste
Garnish (Optional)
  • Sesame Seeds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 350°F.
  • Rub each chicken breast with sesame oil.
  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Rub each chicken breast with the dry rub ensuring both breasts are completely covered.
  • Place the chicken breasts on the rack (or basket) inside the air fryer.
  • Cook for 20 minutes then flip the chicken breasts and continue cooking for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer when the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Optionally garnish the chicken with sesame seeds.

Notes

Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Additionally, some air fryers cook hotter (food positioned closer to the heating element, etc.) so I recommend checking the internal temperature of the chicken with a digital thermometer around the 20-minute mark when you flip the breast over.

Nutrition

Calories: 401kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 49gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1429mgPotassium: 929mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 1037IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. France says:

    Using sesame oil is one of my favourite oils, and this chicken that I made in my air fryer was no exception. It was beyond delicious.