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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

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Air Fryer Fried Chicken is juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. You will love the crispness of the skin when cooked in the Air Fryer. 

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is one of those things that is loved by pretty much everyone! There is nothing better than picking up a drumstick or thigh with that crispy skin and sinking your teeth into the juicy meat inside. With how much our family loves fried chicken, I wanted to create a healthier way to enjoy it so we could eat it more often without feeling guilty! 

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

You will love this Air Fryer Fried chicken recipe! It is simple to make, is super crispy, uses no oil and the meat inside is incredibly tender and juicy. Once you make fried chicken in the Air Fryer you will find yourself making it weekly. 

If you love cooking with your Air Fryer be sure you add these Air Fryer Biscuit Pizzas and these Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chops to your dinner menu! You won’t be disappointed! 

How to Make Air Fryer Fried Chicken

  • Mix buttermilk with season all & pepper to taste.
  • Place chicken pieces into your buttermilk mixture.  Allow it to soak at least 1 hour to as long as you can.
soak in buttermilk
  • In a shallow dish, add the flour, cornstarch, & season all.  Mix well
  • Remove chicken from the buttermilk, allow the excess to drip off.  
  • Roll in the flour mixture, coating it well.  
roll in flour mixture
  • Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees.
  • Lay in your basket or trays, leaving a tiny bit of space between the pieces.  
  • Spray front side with canola spray.
  • Air Fry for 25 minutes, flipping in the middle of cooking.*  When flipping spray the front side with canola spray.  
air fry
  • Make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees. 

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • If you are using an Air Fryer similar to the Instant Vortex with two tiers of trays you will want to switch the positions of the trays as well as flip your chicken. You might also need to add additional cooking time when using this method.
  • The longer you soak your chicken in the buttermilk the better. You can safely marinate it for up to 24 hours. 
  • You can easily add a little spice by adding some cayenne pepper into the flour mixture or hot sauce to the buttermilk. 
  • Be sure to not overlap the pieces of chicken. You want the air to be able to circulate nicely in the Air Fryer. 
  • You can easily use any part of the chicken that you would like that has skin on it. You will have to adjust the cooking time based on the size of the chicken you are cooking. 
Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Storage

You will want to store your leftover chicken in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Once placed in the fridge it will lose some of its crispiness. 

Reheating

You can enjoy your leftover fried chicken cold (yes, a guilty pleasure of mine) or you can reheat it in the Air Fryer at 370 degrees for about 10 minutes. This will help it become crispy again. 

air fryer fried chicken
air fryer fried chicken

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. You will love the crispness of the skin when cooked in the Air Fryer.

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Drumsticks or Thighs
  • 1 ½ Cups Buttermilk
  • Season All & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Cornstarch
  • 3 TSP Season All

Instructions

    1. Mix buttermilk with season all & pepper to taste.
    2. Place chicken pieces into your buttermilk mixture.  Allow it to soak at least 1 hour or for as long as you can.
    3. In a shallow dish, add the flour, cornstarch, & season all.  Mix well
    4. Remove chicken from the buttermilk, allow the excess to drip off.  
    5. Roll in the flour mixture, coating it well.  
    6. Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees.
    7. Lay in your basket or trays, leaving a tiny bit of space between the pieces.  
    8. Spray front side with canola spray.
    9. Air Fry for 25 minutes, flipping in the middle of cooking.*  When flipping spray the front side with canola spray.  
    10. Make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees.

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