These Air Fryer Recipes Chinese Food are better than your usual takeout recipes. From crispy egg rolls, wings and spring rolls to fried rice, stir fry and even General Tso’s chicken – it’s all here! Ready in 30 minutes or less!
Chinese cuisine has always been my favorite type of food ever since I was little. I mean, who can resist some crispy egg rolls or spring rolls right out of the fryer?
Not to mention my absolute favorite dish – fried rice! Up until recently I didn’t own an air fryer and was using my deep fryer. But since getting one, I’ve really fallen in love with it (it’s also helped me cut down on my oil intake).
So for this post, I decided to put together a list of Chinese Food Air Fryer Recipes that you can make at home. You won’t believe how delicious they really are!
What is the Air Fryer Recipes Chinese Food?
The air fryer is a countertop electrical appliance that resembles a small, tabletop convection oven. The appliance uses rapid air circulation technology to fry, roast and grill food from all sides simultaneously using only a tablespoon or less of oil for cooking.
Air Fryer Recipes Chinese Food
If you’re looking to cook up some delicious Chinese food, but don’t want the mess and hassle of a deep fryer, then try your hand at cooking with an air fryer!
Air fryers are hot right now, as they offer a healthier alternative to frying that still gives you crispy fried results.
Why Air Fryer Recipes Chinese Food?
Air Fryer Recipes Chinese Food Recipes
2 cups cooked white rice
1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
4 tablespoons coconut oil or other healthy fat for frying
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup broccoli florets
1 large carrot peeled and cut into matchsticks
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut aminos or soy sauce substitute with GF tamari to make it gluten free if needed
1 teaspoon sesame oil – salt and black pepper, to taste
In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the chicken until just cooked through, set aside.
Add another tablespoon of oil in the pan and add the garlic and broccoli. Cook for a few minutes and then add in carrots and green onions.
Season with salt and pepper to taste along with 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos or soy sauce substitute with GF tamari.
Add the rice and chicken back into the pan and mix together until everything is well combined, toss in sesame oil. Spoon it out onto a plate and enjoy!
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Air Fryer Tips and Tricks
1. Make sure to pick the correct temperature for your recipe. Different types of food require different temperatures to cook properly.
For example, if you’re cooking something like chicken wings which require more browning, you’ll need to set the temperature up a bit.
2. Keep an eye on your food at all times! Unlike your oven, there aren’t any racks inside of it so if you don’t keep an eye out for when your food is done – it just might burn. This goes for every recipe whether they’re in the air fryer or not.
3. Use less oil then you normally would when cooking something in your oven or frying it on the stovetop.
This is because, as stated earlier, food doesn’t brown as well inside an air fryer so it will require less oil so you can get that nice golden color.
If I’m trying to cut down on my oil intake, I’ll sometimes spray my food with a bit of cooking (olive) spray instead.
4. Most air fryers require 8-10 minutes to preheat before you can actually start cooking your food. So make sure to plan ahead and wait until it’s completely heated up before putting anything in there!
It was only after the first time I used mine that I realized how much heat it generated when turned on so keep this in mind when you are cooking something the first few times around.
5. While not everyone does this, when it comes to certain foods like meatballs or chicken nuggets – cover them loosely with foil while they’re cooking so they don’t dry out! Just be sure to leave enough space for air to circulate around them so they get crispy.
Chinese Food Air Fryer Recipes Now that you have some basic air fryer knowledge, let’s get started on these Chinese Food Air Fryer Recipes!
I’ve included a mix of fried appetizers, main dishes and even desserts for everyone to enjoy. Each recipe is written out in detail with it’s own picture (where applicable) – but if you’re more of a visual person, make sure to check out the video above. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Recipe How to Make Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are probably my favorite type of wing when it comes to eating out at restaurants or during football season.
And up until recently I was using my deep fryer to make them – which isn’t a bad thing, but I prefer using my air fryer now since it doesn’t require any oil.
So for this recipe, you’ll need a pound of chicken wings (which should be about 12 pieces). The rest of the ingredients you will need are:
1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper pinch cayenne pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated 1 large egg white juice from half a lime 3 tbsp cornstarch
Before starting with the actual cooking process, cut your chicken wings at the joints and remove any excess fat. After that, place them in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
If you like things extra spicy – add some cayenne to your liking. And lastly add all of the remaining ingredients to the chicken and mix until well combined.
For this recipe, you’ll need a baking tray and some aluminum foil. If you’re using a larger air fryer basket and/or want to double this recipe – use two separate trays at once (one for the bottom, one for the top).
After that, add your wings in an even layer on your tray(s) and cook them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes (depending on how thick they are).
Once they’re done cooking, remove them from the oven and enjoy while either hot or cold! I’ve found that if you cover these with plastic wrap or place them in an enclosed container while cooling they stay nice and crispy.
Air Fryer Recipe How to Make Vegetable Spring Rolls (10-12 Rolls)
If you like egg rolls or want something similar to what you’d find in an Asian restaurant, these air fryer vegetable spring rolls are for you! The ingredients that you will need are:
- 1 cup cabbage
- 1 cup carrots, shredded
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves
- minced 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
20-24 spring roll wrappers cooking spray Before starting with the actual cooking process, cut your cabbage into thin strips and place them in a bowl.
Next up is your carrots – I normally use pre-shredded carrots when making this so it’s super quick and easy but if yours aren’t shredded simply cut them into thin strips with a knife.
Next up is the onion and garlic, again just grate or mince them until they’re very fine before adding them to your vegetables along with the soy sauce and sweet chili sauce. Stir this mixture together until well combined before starting with step 2 below.
After that, take one of your spring roll wrappers and lay it flat on a work surface (like a cutting board). Place about 1/2 of an inch worth of filling towards one side (the skinny end) – try not to get any of it near the edges though since we will need those later!
Once you’ve done that, carefully fold over both sides of your wrapper before folding the bottom up and sticking it to your filling.
You can wet the edges of your wrapper with a little bit of water if you want, but I find that simply doing this step carefully works just fine.
The health benefits of air frying are numerous, and the taste is just as good. Air fryers can cook up fried chicken without all that mess in your kitchen!
For those who love Chinese food but worry about the calories or fat content, you don’t need to fret anymore. You can still enjoy this delicious dish with an air fryer recipe like our Honey Garlic Chicken Wings (with a few modifications).
And if you want more recipes for healthy eating with an air fryer, be sure to check out some of our other posts on why we think using one is so great too!