Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Fried Chicken lets you enjoy the taste of fried food with a fraction of the fat and calories. Make this recipe for a comfort food dinner!

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There are so many different ways to make chicken that I never run out of ideas.

If you'd like a few more easy ideas, why not try my One-Pan Baked Chicken Teriyaki. It's a flavorful sheet pan dinner that you will be enjoying again and again.

Or, these Coconut Lime Chicken Nuggets are bite-sized chicken breasts marinated in coconut milk and limes. Doubled coated, they are the crispiest chicken nuggets you've ever tasted.

And if you are looking for another easy recipe check out our Air Fryer Baked Potato.

Air Fried Chicken Ingredients

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

I've discovered how much fun it is to cook in the air fryer. I cannot wait to share more air fryer recipes with you soon.

I have so many different ideas of what to make next. Should I make air fried chicken wings? Or, maybe air fried chicken tenders?

Air Fried Chicken Flour mixture

Tips for making air fried chicken

  • You can marinate your chicken in the refrigerator before you cook with it. Using buttermilk helps keep it nice and juicy when you bake it. 

  • If desired, allow it to marinate between 1 hour and 24 hours. Or, if you're pressed for time, you can skip this step.

  • If you would like a little kick, add 1/4 cup of your favorite hot sauce to your buttermilk dip.

  • Make sure your chicken is covered with oil. All flour spots will taste floury when the it is done if you don’t spray them with oil and cook it.

  • When you place them in the air fryer, be sure that the sides aren't touching. This helps them cook evenly and come out nice and crispy. Crispy air fried chicken is my favorite.

  • How long you need to cook air fried chicken depends on the type of air fryer you have. You should use a meat thermometer. 

  • The chicken is ready when it reaches 165°F or more, so pull the chicken out at 163°F as it will continue to cook.

Air Fried Chicken chicken leg in the flour 

What you need to make air fried chicken

Air Fried Chicken chicken in the egg mixture

Frequently asked questions

What type of chicken is best?

You can use any type of chicken that has skin on it. I've used a combination of legs and thighs. Larger pieces like breasts will need to cook longer.

So, try to find pieces that are uniform in size so all of the pieces cook for the same amount of time.

Just keep in mind that the breading might not stick as well to skinless chicken.

Bone-in chicken with skin will work best in this recipe.

Air Fried Chicken chicken second dip in the flour 

How to make your own buttermilk

If you don't have buttermilk to dip your chicken in, you can make your own. All you need to do is to mix one cup of milk with one tablespoon of white vinegar.

If you don't have vinegar, you can use lemon juice. Just let it sit for 5 minutes until you notice that the mixture has curdled. You'll never have to run to the store for buttermilk again.

Air Fried Chicken in the Air Fryer

How to store leftovers
If you have leftovers of this air fried chicken, you should store them in the refrigerator in a container with a tightly fitting lid. You can keep it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

If you want to store it for a longer period, you can freeze it for up to 6 months.

To defrost, let it thaw in the refrigerator and then reheat it or enjoy it cold.

This recipe is delicious cold the next day. You may want to make extra so you can plan another meal with it cold.

Air Fried Chicken cooked in the air fryer

How to reheat air fried chicken
This chicken is at its best on the same day you make it. But, you can reheat it if you need to. Just place it back in the air fryer at 370F for about 10 minutes.

What should I serve with air fryer fried chicken?

There are so many different recipes you can make to go along with this recipe. Sometimes, I make extra just so I can have another meal. Here are a few of my favorites.

Air Fried Chicken in a basked

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Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Fried Chicken lets you enjoy the taste of fried food with a fraction of the fat and calories. Make this recipe for a comfort food dinner!
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 30 MTotal time: 40 M


  • 2 pounds skin on chicken, legs and thighs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 
  • Oil for spraying chicken - vegetable, canola or olive oil
Chicken Coating
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Dry chicken with a paper towel and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine buttermilk, eggs, salt, and pepper. Whisk until well combined.
  3. In a separate large bowl combine flour, garlic powder, seasoned salt, paprika, onion powder, black pepper, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add chicken to coating and toss the chicken until coated.
  5. Remove chicken from the coating and dip into the buttermilk mixture.
  6. Return dipped chicken to the flour mixture, toss to coat the chicken.
  7. Spray the basket of the air fryer with oil. Place the prepared chicken in your air fryer basket, leaving room around each piece to allow air to flow. Liberally spray the chicken with oil.
  8. Cook at 370°F for 15-20 minutes. Cooking times will vary between air fryers so closely monitor your cook time and temperature.
  9. Turn the chicken over with tongs and spray with more oil.
  10. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 163°F.
  11. Repeat with any remaining chicken.
  12. Serve immediately.
  1. Make sure your chicken is covered with oil. All flour spots will taste floury when the chicken is done if you don’t stray them with oil and cook it.
  2. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  3. If you would like a little kick, add 1/4 cup of your favorite hot sauce to your buttermilk dip.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken basket

Originally published July 2020

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  1. Could you use almond or coconut flour?

    1. We haven't tested the recipe with almond or coconut flour. My only concern would be that almond flour cooks much faster (and would be more likely to burn) than all purpose flour. Feel free to give it a shot and let us know how it goes.

  2. The recipe doesn't indicate when to use the parchment paper. Are you supposed to line the air fryer with it and then spray with oil, or spray the air fryer and then line with parchment and then place chicken?


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