Having a crispy chicken component in a meal is always a personal enjoyment to me, be it an appie, part of a salad, or a main, these chilli chicken bites are perfect.
These chicken bites are called many names: sweet chilli chicken, chicken bites, chilli chicken, General Tso’s chicken, whatever you prefer. No matter what you decide on calling it (trust me I won’t be hurt you changed the name), I promise it’s something you will enjoy.
The best part…seriously…it is so incredibly easy. It’s so easy and quick, that it’s quickly been added to mealtime rotations. In fact, if you come over (when we are allowed to have people over again one day), you will likely be served this.
Primarily because it is made in the air fryer, which makes it so much easier.
No Air Fryer, No Problem
I know that the air fryer has been the craze for 2020. I even jumped on that bandwagon, and it’s changed things for me. I normally am not a fan of frying, but this option, allows me to make a lot of things without compromising the much-needed texture that only a fry could produce. A true crisp, I don’t care what you tell me, is given through a skillet or fry. Let’s be real. Unless you have an air fryer.
Now if you don’t, it’s not a problem. You can use a skillet, add some oil (not olive oil) to the bottom of the pan and pan-fry, turning it often. This will prevent having to do a deep-fry (which I admit am still terrified to do).
Crispy Chilli Chicken Bites
- Air Fryer
- mixing bowl
- If you don't have an air fryer, use a skillet
- 3 Boneless chicken thighs chopped in bite-size pieces
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp siracha add less or omit if don't like heat/spice
- 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 lemon the juice of
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp siracha omit if you don't like heat/spice
- Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, except the flour and mix well.
- Add the flour and massage together.
- Place the pieces in an air-fryer and cook at 350 for 10 minutes. If you don't have an air fryer, pan-fry in a skillet with 2-3 tbsp avocado or canola oil.
- You can use as is in a rice bowl, soup, or salad.
- To finish it off, or serve as an appetizer, mix the ingredients for the optional glaze, and lightly brush the chicken pieces with the glaze.
- Garnish with finely chopped green onions, if you have on hand.
Note: cooking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces, or appliance. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check periodically to see if the chicken is cooked through.
Check out another great chicken recipe: Salivatingly Satisfying Seasoned Skillet Chicken
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