These little chunks of chicken are so tasty and totally addictive…they all come with lots of flavors and are a favorite in Taiwanese cafes…

First of all, I hope you all who celebrated Memorial Day had a great and safe time with your loved ones.

I love this chicken, and with the help of the air-fryer I am not worry about of the fat that come with it…the original recipe calls for deep fry, since I have been avoiding deep frying at home I would only get this chicken when eating out. Well, no more of ordering this chicken now that I can use the air-fryer and get the same crispy chicken. I like to use chicken thighs for this recipe since it has a bit more of fat therefore more flavor.

This chicken is very often found in Taiwanese cafes and are sort of appetizer/snack…finger food. I usually serve as appetizer or accompanied by a big bowl of salad if I want to use as a main dish. Now that I can make this chicken using an air-fryer, I will be able to eat more and not worry about the extra calories from the deep fry.


1lb chicken thighs, no skin and bone
¼ to ½ teaspoon Chinese Five-spice powder
Pinch sugar
½ tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cooking wine
½ tablespoon soy sauce
Black pepper (freshly ground) as much as you like

All-purpose flour for coating


Cut the chicken into small pieces of approximately 1 ½in.

In a medium bowl, place the chicken and add the salt, sugar, sesame oil, Chinese five-spice, cooking wine, soy sauce and the black pepper. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.

In a deep plate place the all-purpose flour and coat each piece of chicken. Make sure that each piece of chicken is well coated with the flour.

In the meantime set the air-fryer to 350F. Once the temperature is reached, add the chicken to the basket and set it to cook for approximately 10 minutes. Shake the basket in between the cooking time.

Remove the chicken from the air fryer and serve hot.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for Taiwanese Black Pepper Chicken…for more air fried recipe you might want to take a look at the following recipes…

Did you know that Chinese five-spice is made from a mix of star-anise, clove, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel?

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