Crispy Air Fried Kabul Piquant Orange Chicken is a dish made with chicken that has been marinated in a blend of spices and orange juice, then coated in a crispy batter and air-fried until golden and crispy. The dish is typically served with a spicy and tangy sauce made from orange juice, chili paste, and other seasonings. The name "Kabul" in the dish's name may refer to the city in Afghanistan, suggesting that the dish is inspired by Afghan cuisine. Overall, it is a flavorful and healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- orange zest, for garnish
- green onions, for garnish
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
- Dip the chicken pieces in the beaten egg, then coat in the flour mixture.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the orange juice, sugar, ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce, corn syrup, garlic, ginger, garam masala, and lemon juice.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
- In batches, place the coated chicken in the air fryer basket and spray with cooking spray. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until crispy and cooked through.
- In a small saucepan, heat the orange sauce over medium heat until thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
- Serve the chicken over a bed of rice or with a side of vegetables, and drizzle with the orange sauce.
- Garnish with orange zest and green onions, if desired.
- Garam masala is a spice blend that contains a variety of antioxidant-rich spices, including cumin, coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon.
- Orange juice is a good source of vitamin C, which can help boost the immune system and protect against oxidative stress.
- The ginger and garlic in this recipe have anti-inflammatory properties and can help support digestive health.
Note: You can also deep fry the chicken pieces instead of air frying, if desired.