Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken: A Healthier Take on a Classic Dish

Have you ever craved the crispy and tangy flavors of sweet and sour chicken, but hesitated because of its deep-fried nature? Well, worry no more! We have a game-changing recipe that will satisfy your cravings while keeping things healthier. Introducing our very own Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ air fryer sweet and sour chicken!

Sweet and sour chicken with pepper and onion

The Air Fryer Advantage

We understand that time is precious, which is why we’ve adapted our original recipe to be air fryer-friendly. While the sauce still needs to be made on the stove, the air fryer simplifies the cooking process by making the chicken more hands-off. Plus, you’ll be thrilled to know that our air fryer version requires even less oil for that extra crispy texture.

Ingredients and Preparation

To make our air fryer sweet and sour chicken, you’ll only need a few pantry staples. The best part? Unlike other dishes where mise en place is crucial, you can actually prepare the sauce and vegetables while the chicken cooks in the air fryer. This way, the chicken can cool off slightly before being tossed in the sauce, resulting in an even crispier coating.

Cooking Method

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make our delicious air fryer sweet and sour chicken:

Cook the Chicken in the Air Fryer

  1. Spread the chicken pieces in the air fryer basket without overlapping them.
  2. Give the chicken a light spray of oil to ensure there’s no dry flour left.
  3. Air fry until the chicken turns a pale golden color.
  4. Flip the chicken and air fry until it reaches a golden hue.
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Frying chicken with air fryer

Note: The inside of the chicken will cook faster in the air fryer than with traditional stovetop methods. To maintain juiciness, remove the chicken from the air fryer once the edges turn golden, even if it’s not completely golden brown.

Make the Sauce on the Stove

  1. Cook ginger and garlic in a pan to release their fragrant flavors.
  2. Gently stir-fry the pepper and onion until they soften.
  3. Pour in the sauce and let it thicken.
  4. Add the cooked chicken back into the pan.
  5. Stir everything together, ensuring the chicken is evenly coated with the sauce.

How to make air fryer sweet and sour chicken

At Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we believe in adding extra vegetables to enhance both the appearance and texture of dishes. Feel free to customize your sweet and sour chicken by adding onion and pepper, or skip them altogether if you prefer a simpler version.

Serving Suggestions

You can enjoy our air fryer sweet and sour chicken as a satisfying main dish on its own. Alternatively, serve it over rice for a more substantial meal. To create a well-rounded and colorful spread, consider pairing this dish with easy sides like egg drop soup, baby bok choy stir fry, egg fried rice, or soy sauce pan-fried noodles.

Discover More Air Fryer Delights

Looking to explore more recipes for your air fryer? Check out these delectable options:

  • Air Fryer Garlic Ribs (蒜香排骨)
  • Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
  • Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken
  • Air Fryer Fries with Spice Mix
  • Air Fryer Tofu with Broccoli and Carrot

For more mouth-watering recipes, culinary insights, and the full Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ experience, visit our website Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Get ready to elevate your cooking game with our delicious and healthier twists on classic dishes!

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