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Paleo/Whole30 Sesame Chicken (Air Fryer & Stove Top Methods)

Paleo/Whole30 Sesame Chicken (Air Fryer & Stove Top Methods)

You all know I love me a really easy and quick recipe that’s healthy and perfect for weeknights. My work days are usually jam packed and spending a long time in the kitchen to make dinner is the last thing I want to to do at the end of the day. This recipe can be made in an air fryer or on the stovetop, only takes 30 minutes to make and tastes so much better than takeout. These chicken pieces are then tossed in a delicious salty, sweet sauce that’s been reduced and thickened to cover the chicken in a sticky and shiny coat. It’s just perfection in a bite!


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil for stovetop method
  • Toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a blender, and let it sit while you cook the chicken so the dates can soften.
  2. Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces and toss with sea salt.
  3. Sprinkle with tapioca starch and toss together until evenly coated.
  4. STOVE TOP METHOD: Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add chicken in a single layer (work in batches if necessary). Cook for 6-7 minutes while turning every few minutes, until cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. AIR FRYER METHOD: Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F. Add the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket (work in batches if necessary). Cook for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Set aside.
  6. Blend the soaked sauce ingredients until smooth. 
  7. Heat a pan over medium heat and add the sauce.
  8. Once the sauce starts bubbling, start stirring while simmering for about 3 minutes until reduced and thickened.
  9. Add the chicken to the sauce and stir to coat.
  10. Remove from heat and sprinkle with toasted sesame seed and chopped green onions.
  11. Serve with cauliflower rice or your favorite side.

Original post and recipe by What Great Grandma Ate




Oct 15, 2019



Oct 15, 2019

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