Air Fryer Chilli Chicken Saves the Day!

Do you ever find yourself staring longingly at greasy takeout menus, desperately craving that sweet and spicy chili chicken fix? But then reality sets in – the unhealthy fats, the hidden sodium, the guilt that lingers long after the last bite. Well, fret no more! This Air Fryer Chilli Chicken recipe is here to be your knight in shining armor.

Imagine tender, crispy chicken pieces bathed in a glossy, sweet and spicy sauce, with pops of red bell pepper for a touch of freshness. The aroma alone will have your mouth watering – a symphony of ginger, garlic, and chili filling your kitchen with an irresistible promise.

This recipe is a culmination of years of tweaking and perfecting a family favorite. My mom, a master of whipping up quick and delicious meals, used to make a phenomenal chili chicken dish. But with growing health concerns, we had to find a lighter way to enjoy it. Enter the air fryer! This magical appliance turned out to be the key to achieving crispy perfection without the need for gallons of oil.

Here’s why you’ll love this Air Fryer Chilli Chicken:

Healthy Indulgence: The air fryer cuts down on excess fat, making this a lighter and guilt-free alternative to takeout.

Flavor Explosion: The combination of sweet, spicy, and savory notes creates an irresistible flavor profile that will tantalize your taste buds.

Quick and Easy: This recipe comes together in under 30 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights.

Customizable: Adjust the spice level to your preference and add in your favorite veggies for a personalized touch.

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Now, let’s get cooking!


  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (adjust for spice preference)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)


In a bowl, toss the chicken pieces with cornstarch, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, honey, ginger, and garlic.

Let marinate for 15 minutes.

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). Lightly spray the basket with oil.

Arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t overcrowd.

Cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

While the chicken cooks, heat the remaining oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté the red bell pepper slices for 2-3 minutes until softened.

In a small bowl, whisk together the leftover marinade with a splash of water to thin it out (optional, for a thicker sauce use less water).

Add the cooked chicken and the sauce mixture to the pan with the peppers. Toss to coat and cook for another minute until heated through.

Serve immediately over rice or noodles, garnished with fresh cilantro (optional).

Tips and Tricks:

For extra crispy chicken, double coat the pieces in cornstarch before marinating.

Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. This will prevent the chicken from crisping properly.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the air fryer for a few minutes to restore crispiness.

Substitute chicken thighs for a richer flavor, but adjust the cooking time as they take slightly longer to cook through.

Feeling adventurous? Add chopped broccoli or green beans to the pan with the peppers for a veggie-packed version.

This Air Fryer Chilli Chicken is the answer to your takeout cravings. It’s healthy, it’s flavorful, and it’s incredibly easy to make. So ditch the greasy menus and whip up this delicious dish instead. Your taste buds (and your waistline) will thank you!

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