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(Air Fried) Orange Chicken

Ever run into a time crunch, in panic before your next meeting, all while trying to figure out what to eat for lunch? This happens often for me! The other day, I decided to rely on my Ninja Foodi to help whip up a quick meal.


Who knew that having old orange marmalade in your fridge could transfer boring chicken into amazing air fried orange chicken?! This is now my new favorite go-to in the meal rotation.


Note: Traditionally, I think people use fresh orange juice and add cornstarch to thicken the sauce. However, orange marmalade totally works and speeds up the cooking time. I really enjoyed this and hope you do too!



(Air Fried) Orange Chicken

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Servings: 2

Chicken Ingredients:

  • 1 package boneless chicken thighs (16 oz)

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch (or more as needed)

  • Olive oil

  • Green onions (chopped, to garnish)

  • Sesame seeds (to garnish)

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade (or more for saucier result)

  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

  • 1 tbsp water

  • 1 tsp brown sugar

  • 1/8 tsp salt

Directions:

  • Set air fryer temperature to 400 degrees F.

  • While air fryer heats up, chop chicken thighs into smaller 1"-2" pieces.

  • Add cornstarch to a shallow bowl. Dredge chicken into cornstarch, then place in the air fryer. Set timer to 10 minutes. About halfway through air frying, open and drizzle a little olive oil over the chicken (particularly where flour is still visible).

  • In another small bowl, mix together all sauce ingredients. Set aside.

  • Once 10 minutes have passed, internal temperature should reach 165 degrees F (for safe consumption). Transfer air fried chicken to a large bowl. Add pre-mixed sauce. Toss until all pieces are evenly coated.

  • Transfer to serving plate. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with rice and/or other vegetables.

Alternative: If you do not have an air fryer, you can fry chicken with canola oil in a frying pan until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Then toss in sauce.

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