Made with simple ingredients and tons of flavor, this Honey Ginger Air Fryer Chicken is the juiciest chicken recipe you’ll ever taste. Make it on its own, or pair it with your favorite veggies for a complete meal the whole family will love!
Everyone’s Favorite Dinner Option
Who doesn’t love a good chicken recipe? Whether you’re making a kid-friendly meal like chicken tenders, classic comfort food such as white chicken chile, or catering to low-carb and keto needs with Italian chicken casserole, it’s always guaranteed to please. For good reason, too! Not only is chicken a great source of high-quality protein, but it’s also budget-friendly and super versatile. So, what could possibly make it better?
Creating air fryer chicken, duh! Even better, I let it marinade in a honey ginger mixture for extra flavor and added moisture. Whether you’re cooking drumsticks or thighs, this ginger chicken comes together with ease and is some of the juiciest chicken you’ll ever taste. Whether you’re an air fryer pro or using one for the first time, I’ve got you covered with tips and tricks for smooth sailing. Keep reading to find everything you’ll need to know!
Why Use the Air Fryer?
A common complaint I get with chicken is that it turns out too dry and bland. However, if you make it in the air fryer, this problem pretty much solves itself! Clean-up is a breeze, too. By letting it “fry” we’re able to cook it at high temperatures and lock in the moisture with ease!
Allergy-Friendly Tip: Using an air fryer is an easy way to customize your meals in order to meet any special dietary or nutritional needs! For instance, by making air fryer chicken, you can avoid cross-contamination with gluten or any other allergens that may be lingering in your oven.
Sweet and Savory Ingredients
Embracing the best of both worlds, this air fryer chicken uses both sweet and savory ingredients to create a truly unique flavor experience. It’s light, tangy, and refreshing all at once!
However you describe it, it’s totally delicious and made with pantry ingredients you probably already have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Skin-On Chicken (Drumsticks or Thighs)
- Onions or Shallots
- Ginger Root
- Lemon Juice
- Gluten Free Soy Sauce or Tamari
- Red Pepper Flakes
Make It a Meal – Toss in your favorite veggies like asparagus and potatoes to turn this air fryer chicken recipe into a well-balanced meal!
Tips for Juicy Flavorful Chicken in the Air Fryer & On the Stove
I know that using an air fryer can be intimidating at first, but I promise once you get the hang of it, you’ll never go back! Don’t worry, though, I’ve got a stovetop option just in case, too.
First Things First
No matter which cooking method you’re using to create this ginger chicken, there are a few steps you’ll want to take before you begin.
- Make the Marinade. Start by whisking all the ingredients for the honey ginger sauce together in a small bowl until they are smooth.
- Marinade. Place the chicken in a Ziploc bag or baking dish, and coat it in the sauce for at least 20 minutes or up to 1 hour to really lock in the flavor.
Note: If you’re cooking your chicken on the stovetop, be sure to reserve 4 Tablespoons of the honey ginger sauce before adding the chicken to the marinade.
For the Air Fryer
- Preheat. Don’t forget to heat your air fryer before adding in your chicken! For the best results, I recommend setting it to 375° F.
- Skin-On. Keeping the skin on your air fryer chicken thighs or drumsticks will help prevent it from drying out. Place your chicken skin side down in the air fryer basket to start. This helps render the fat without browning the skin too much.
- Cook & Rotate. Let the chicken air fryer for 12 minutes before rotating it 180° and flipping it over. Cooking Tip: If you’re adding veggies, toss them in with the chicken half way through cooking and be sure to place them around the chicken before closing the air fryer basket.
- To Finish – Finish it off by letting it cook for another 8-12 minutes, depending on how thick the pieces are. The skin on smaller pieces of chicken will burn more easily. So, be sure to check on it every minute or so – unless you like burnt skin. Haha, I do!
- Give It a Rest! Once fully cooked, be sure to remove your air fryer chicken from the basket, and let it rest for 5 minutes to lock in the juices and flavor.
Note: If using drumsticks, let them cook for 18-20 minutes total, flipping once halfway through cooking, and check for doneness after 15 minutes.
- Get Prepared. Before you get started, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 400° F and spray either an 8×11 or 9×13 inch casserole dish with cooking oil spray.
- Sear. Heat an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat, and sear the chicken skin side down for 3-5 minutes or until the skin is a beautiful golden-brown color. Then, flip it over, and repeat on the other side.
- Brush. Remember that sauce you reserved? This is its time to shine! Brush it over each piece of chicken, and add a lemon slice on top.
- Bake. Place the chicken (skillet and all) in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked and the juices run clear.
Pro-Tip: For extra crispy skin, let your chicken cook for an additional 2-3 minutes in either the air fryer or the oven!
Why Does My Chicken Keep Burning?
We get this question a lot. If the outside of your chicken gets dark, don’t panic! It’s supposed to! Although the outside may look burnt, it’s just charring created as the natural sugars from the marinade cook. The meat of your chicken will still be super juicy, and the skin will provide a satisfying crunch!
There’s not much this Honey Ginger Air Fryer Chicken doesn’t pair well with! Personally, I love it served alongside air fried asparagus. However, if you want to cook your veggies separately, it’s also great with:
Yes! Not only is it high in protein, but it also contains health benefits thanks to the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants used in the herbs and spices in the honey ginger sauce. Even better, if you pair it with veggies, it packs in a good dose of fiber, too.
You sure can! Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days. Or, pop them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
If you want to thaw your chicken before cooking you can. However, if it is not fully thawed, it will not absorb the marinade.
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