Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken

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Air Fryer Chicken is crispy, tender, juicy and delicious. You’ll wonder why you’ve ever been fried! Includes marinating instructions to cement your status as a professional chef!

We can’t pass up fried chicken. Pork chops? certainly. certain vegetables? Absolutely. But fried chicken, never. The crispy skin and juicy meat keeps us hooked every time. The only thing we don’t like about fried chicken is cooking it in bursting oil. No matter how careful we are, whether we wear an apron or not, our clothes will always get oil stains. It really makes us think twice before we think about deep frying, but we love fried chicken, put us in a bind. Air fried chicken is a game changer. We no longer wonder if we really want to get the job done frying, and we don’t feel guilty no matter how often we eat it for dinner! Seriously, everyone, you need this recipe in your life.


The brine is completely optional, but you’ll be glad you did. This tastes amazing!

Chicken Options:

Bone-in or boneless? Skin on or skin off? We know there are many options here. Bone-in chicken is always more flavorful and highly recommended. You can always use boneless chicken, but you do need to have the skin on. This is a difficult combination to find, but if you want to go boneless, you can buy regular bone-in chicken thighs and cut the bone off yourself. All you need is a good pair of kitchen shears!

Can I use different chicken pieces?

You absolutely can! We like to stick to drumsticks and thighs, but you can always fry chicken breasts and wings if you prefer.

Stovetop frying?

If you’re looking for the traditional way to make fried chicken, we’ve got you covered!

Why is there hot sauce in Air Fryer fried chicken?

It might seem like an odd ingredient in fried chicken, but trust us, you need to add it. It doesn’t add any calories, but it does put the fried chicken flavor on top!

Top view of dinner plate with fried chicken.

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in an oven preheated to 300 degrees F until fully heated through.

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Top view of air fryer fried chicken inside the open air fryer.

Air Fryer Chicken is crispy, tender, juicy and delicious. You’ll wonder why you’ve ever been fried! Convince your guests that you’re a professional chef by including marinating instructions!

Preparation time 5 minute

cooking time 30 minute

salt water (optional) 4 Hour

total time 35 minute

raw material

  • 4 chicken thigh
  • 4 drumstick
  • 2 cup cheese
  • 1/4 cup Buffalo Hot Sauce Elective
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper

dredging mixture

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoon chili
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon White pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili
  • cooking oil spray or smear


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, hot sauce (optional, for extra flavor), garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken pieces. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.

  • Prepare the breadcrumbs by combining the flour, cornstarch, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, white pepper, paprika, paprika, and salt in a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag or shallow dish. Mix thoroughly.

  • Working one at a time, remove chicken pieces from buttermilk mixture. Shake gently to remove excess, then toss in breadcrumb mixture to coat thoroughly. Trim off the excess. Combine the flour and buttermilk brine and let stand on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes.

  • Spray the inside of the air fryer basket with nonstick oil. Place the breaded chicken in the air fryer basket. Spray lightly, making sure all flour is coated with your cooking oil of choice. Only put 4-5 pieces of chicken in at a time. Air fryers come in a variety of sizes, so be sure not to crowd the space to ensure adequate airflow.

  • Select the Air Fry method, cook at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Carefully flip chicken and continue cooking 10-12 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F for white meat, or 175°F for dark meat. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the chicken and the air fryer you are using. Food safety is 100% accurate with a meat thermometer.

  • Remove from basket and repeat with any remaining chicken pieces. Always rest 5-10 minutes before eating. enjoy!

Calories: 310kcal | carbohydrate: twenty threeG | protein: 20G | fat: 15G | Saturated fat: 5G | Polyunsaturated fats: 3G | Monounsaturated fats: 6G | Trans fat: 1G | cholesterol: 97mg | sodium: 750mg | Potassium: 351mg | fiber: 1G | sugar: 3G | Vitamin A: 517unit | Vitamin C: 1mg | calcium: 94mg | iron: 2mg

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken