Air Fryer Fried Chicken


  • Chicken pieces (e.g., drumsticks, thighs, wings, or breast)
  • Buttermilk (or plain yogurt)
  • Seasoned flour (flour mixed with your choice of seasonings like salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder)
  • Cooking spray or oil (for lightly coating the chicken)
  • Optional dipping sauces


  1. Marinate the chicken: Start by marinating the chicken pieces in buttermilk or plain yogurt for at least 30 minutes to an hour, or even overnight in the refrigerator. The buttermilk helps tenderize the chicken and adds flavor.

  2. Preheat the air fryer: Preheat your air fryer to around 380-400°F (190-200°C).
  3. Prepare the coating: While the air fryer is preheating, remove the chicken from the buttermilk and let the excess drip off. Then, coat the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour. You can also double-dip for an extra crispy coating by dipping the chicken back into the buttermilk and flour mixture.
  4. Lightly coat with oil: Lightly spray or brush the coated chicken with a small amount of cooking oil. This will help it become crispy in the air fryer.
  5. Air frying: Place the coated chicken pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t touch or overlap. You may need to cook them in batches. Cook the chicken at 380-400°F (190-200°C) for about 20-25 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through to ensure even cooking. Cooking times may vary depending on the size of your chicken pieces and the specific air fryer model, so it’s essential to check for doneness.
  6. Check for doneness: To ensure the chicken is cooked through, it should have an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C). The chicken’s exterior should be golden brown and crispy.
  7. Serve: Once the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. You can serve it with your favorite dipping sauces or sides…

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