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Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe

I think most of us would agree that fried chicken is simply finger-licking good. An air fryer can make fried chicken that tastes just like the deep fried original but with a much healthier nutritional makeup. This air fryer fried chicken recipe is fast and easy and results in delicious fried chicken everyone will love.

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 24 minutes
Serves 2-4 people

Tools and Ingredients

  • air fryer
  • 4 pieces of chicken (your choice – thighs, wings, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper


1Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. The amount of salt and pepper you use is up to you, but you probably want to use at least 1 teaspoon of each.

2Beat the egg in another shallow dish and put it next to the flour mixture.

3Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture. Then, dip the chicken into the beaten egg. Next, dredge the chicken in the flour mixture once again. Finally, put the chicken in the air fryer’s fry basket.

4Set the air fryer temperature to 390 °F and let it cook for 12 minutes.

5Turn the chicken over using tongs. This will ensure that the chicken cooks and browns evenly. Cook for 12 more minutes.

Tips and Considerations

If you have the time, try marinating your chicken overnight (or for at least a few hours) in some buttermilk. This makes the chicken more tender and juicy, which should make this air fryer fried chicken recipe even better. You can add spices to the buttermilk if desired.

You can also try adding some other seasoning flavors in addition to the salt and pepper. A Tablespoon of Old Bay Cajun Seasoning, for example, adds a nice layer of spice to the flavor profile.

If you want the chicken to be extra crispy then lightly spray it with some cooking spray before cooking. This should only add a few extra calories but it will ensure the skin comes out nice and crispy.

Like with cooking any meat, you want to make sure it reaches a certain temperature to be adequately cooked. You can cut a piece open and you should be able to tell if it’s done when the meat is white and juices run clear or you can just use a meat thermometer. The temperature inside should be 165°F.


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