Air fryer Lemon Chicken

All the crispy chicken, with none of the deep frying! Grab your trusty air fryer for this easy-peasy dinner the whole family will love.


Air fryer Lemon Chicken

20 minutes
20 minutes

500g (1 lb) chicken breast fillets, cut into 3cm (just over 1”) pieces

1 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1/3 cup plain (all-purpose) flour 

1 egg, lightly whisked

oil spray

spring onion (scallions), thinly sliced, to serve


Lemon sauce

2 tsp peanut oil

1 tbsp julienned fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 

1/4 cup caster (granulated) sugar

1 tbsp Shaoxing wine

1 tbsp light soy sauce 

3 tsp cornflour (cornstarch), mixed with 1 tbsp water

  • Step 1

    Place the chicken in a bowl with the soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir to combine and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, make the lemon sauce. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add the stock, lemon juice, sugar, wine and soy sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add cornflour mixture and simmer, stirring, for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cover and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Place the flour and the egg in separate shallow bowls. Working in batches, toss the chicken in the flour, then in the egg and back in the flour to coat. 

  • Step 4

    Spray an air fryer with oil. Add half of the chicken and spray well with oil. Heat the air fryer to 180°C/350°F. Cook, turning halfway and respraying with oil, for 10 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with the remaining chicken. 

  • Step 5

    Reheat the sauce if necessary. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken and toss until well combined. Sprinkle with spring onion and serve.

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What our customers say

4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 4 reviews)
Very good25%

Great recipes as always ! With my twist.


I’m gluten free so I used cornflour.

I added some red chilli and garlic to the chicken marinade. And sweet soy sauce instead. I ditched the egg and just added my chicken to the cornflour and pressed it on. Worked really well !!

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This is good


I changed a lot. But to be fair, I am a chef and have my ways about some things. I liked the lemon sauce which is why I came here. It turned out a little hot (I added cayenne pepper) but it was tasty and I tripled the sauce because I like my chicken and rice more saucy.

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Great flavour, added a bit more lemon juice and a little less ginger and absolutely loved it. Will add some chilli flakes next time. Thanks!

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