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General Tso Chicken

General Tsao Chicken excerpted from Slimming Eats Made in the Air Fryer by Siobhan Wightman.

Side suggestions: This is delicious with rice or noodles for a great fakeaway night.

General Tsao Chicken excerpted from Slimming Eats Made in the Air Fryer by Siobhan Wightman.

General Tso Chicken

Siobhan Wightman
KCALS per serving 271 FAT 6.2g SAT FAT 1.3g CARBS 27.2g SUGARS 14.8g FIBRE 2g PROTEIN 25.7g SALT 1.72g
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 servings


  • Air fryer


  • 550 grams (1lb 4oz) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of any visible fat and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of salt and white pepper
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
  • olive oil spray
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red (bell) pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow (bell) pepper, chopped
  • 50 grams (1-3/4 ounces) sugar snap peas, halved
  • chopped spring onions (scallions) and sesame seeds, to serve

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch)


  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  • Place the chicken in a bowl with the garlic granules, onion granules, ground ginger, salt and white pepper and cornflour and toss to coat.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 200°C/400°F for 2 minutes.
  • Line the air fryer basket with non-stick baking paper or use the grill pan insert. Spray with olive oil spray. Add the chicken pieces and space as far apart as you can. Spray over the top with more olive oil spray.
  • Air-fry for 15 minutes, turning after 10 minutes and removing the baking paper, if using (this will ensure the chicken goes really crispy). Remove the chicken and set aside in a small ovenproof dish.
  • Add the onion, (bell) peppers and sugar snap peas, spray with oil and air-fry for 5–6 minutes until tender. Shake the basket halfway through cooking.
  • Place all the sauce ingredients in a microwave-proof bowl along with 4 tablespoons water and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds until thickened (this will probably take 2 minutes in total). Alternatively, heat the sauce in a small saucepan.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken and toss to coat.
  • Add the chicken back in the air fryer for a minute or two, just to rewarm. Sprinkle with the chopped spring onion and a pinch of sesame seeds. Serve with the vegetables.


Slimming Eats by Siobhan Wightman (© 2024). Published by Yellow Kite.Recipe reprinted with permission from Slimming Eats Made in the Air Fryer by Siobhan Wightman (Yellow Kite, 2024).  
Keyword chicken, Cornstarch, Garlic, Ginger, Hoisin sauce, Honey, Onion, Red bell pepper, Red chilli flakes, Scallions, Siobhan Wightman, Slimming Eats Made in the Air Fryer, Soy sauce, Sugar snap peas, Tomato ketchup, Yellow bell pepper

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