DO NOT pre-heat the air fryer for this recipe. The chicken and broccoli will cook down and shrink, so if it the basket feels full at first, there will be less volume after everything is cooked.Two Options for Air Frying Broccoli & Onions: Cooking the chicken halfway, then adding the veggies will cook the broccoli & onions moderately. The other option is to air fry them all together from the beginning which makes the broccoli/onions extra crispy. Or you can add the veggies at anytime that cooks it to your preference. After your first batch, you'll know better what method works for your air fryer and personal liking.
1pound(454g)boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into 1-inch bites sized pieces
1/4-1/2pound(113-227g)broccoli, cut into florets (1-2 cups)
1/2onion, sliced thick
3Tablespoons(45ml)vegetable oil or grape seed oil
1Tablespoon(15ml)fresh minced ginger
1Tablespoon(15ml)soy sauce, or to taste (use Tamari for Gluten Free)
1Tablespoon(15ml)rice vinegar(use distilled white vinegar for Gluten Free)
Make Marinade: In a bowl, combine oil, garlic powder, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, optional hot sauce, salt, and pepper.
In bowl add chicken. In a second bowl add broccoli and onions. Divide the marinade between the two bowls, stirring to coat each completely.
Air Fry: Add just the chicken to the air fryer basket/tray. Air Fry at 380°F/195°C for 10 minutes. Stir in the broccoli and onions with the chicken (make sure to include all the marinade). Continue to Air Fry at 380°F/195°C for 8-10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Make sure to stir halfway through cooking so broccoli gets cooked evenly.
Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Add fresh lemon juice on top (optional) and serve warm.
Air Frying Option #2: Extra Crispy, Charred Broccoli
Combine chicken, broccoli and onion in bowl. Toss ingredients together.
Make Marinade: In a bowl, combine oil, garlic powder, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, optional hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken, broccoli and onions to the marinade. Stir thoroughly to combine the marinade with chicken, broccoli and onions.
Air Fry: Add ingredients to air fryer basket/tray. Air Fry 380°F/195°C for 16-20 minutes, shaking and gently tossing halfway through cooking. Make sure to toss so that everything cooks evenly. Check chicken to make sure it’s cooked through. If not, cook for additional 3-5 minutes.
If needed, season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Add fresh lemon juice on top (optional) and serve warm.
Air Frying Tips and Notes: Shake or turn as directed in the recipe. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Recipes were tested in 3.4 to 6 qt air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time. Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss as directed in recipe.