Easy & Best Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe

Have you tried frying chicken in your air fryer yet?

If you are craving some crispy chicken, this quick and easy air fryer fried chicken recipe is one of the best chicken recipes out there!

Air Fryer Fried Chicken - crispy fried chicken in a basket from the air fryer
This Air fryer fried chicken recipe is one of my go-to meals for nights when I am short on time!

How Do You Make Fried Chicken in an Air Fryer? 

It is so easy to make fried chicken, using an air fryer!

This is one of my family’s favorite fried chicken recipes, and it is perfect for anything from Game Day, to a quick but hearty weeknight dinner. 

Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe - crispy and juicy chicken shown next to blue plates
The best thing about fried chicken is that almost everyone loves it!

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe

Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook time: 20-30 minutes

Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe
I bet you already have all the ingredients you need to make this yummy fried chicken recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds skin on chicken, legs and thighs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Coating:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for spraying chicken – vegetable, canola or olive oil

Instructions:

  • Wash and dry chicken set aside.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe ingredients - milk, eggs, salt pepper and other spices
Get ready to enjoy the yummiest (and easiest) fried chicken recipe, ever!
  • First, in a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, salt and pepper until well combined.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe ingredients - glass pan of spices and flour
When I cook with raw egg, I make sure to put out extra bowls and all of the other kitchen supplies I will need ahead of time.
  •  Then, in another large bowl, whisk together flour, and seasonings.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe step - chicken leg in flour and spice mixture
I keep disposable gloves handy for this part!
  • Coat chicken with flour mixture.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe step - chicken in batter
Make sure you mix the buttermilk mixture all the way!
  • Dip in buttermilk mixture, and then repeat in flour mixture.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe in the air fryer
Mmm the heavenly smell of fried chicken…from the air fryer!
  • Place chicken in air fryer basket, spray basket with oil, and leave room around each piece to allow air to flow.
  • Spray chicken with oil.
  •  Cook at 370 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
  • Turn chicken over, and spray with more oil.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe in air fryer crisping up
I love how my air fryer allows me to have the mouthwatering crispy chicken taste, but in a healthier way!
  • Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until golden.
  • Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator in airtight container.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe completed and shown in a basket with plates
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, but I doubt you will have any!

Notes: Cooking times will vary between air fryers so closely monitor your cook time and temperature.

Gluten-free Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe modifications - shown air fryer fried chicken
You can easily make gluten free air fryer fried chicken!

How to Make Gluten Free Air Fryer Fried Chicken 

You can still enjoy this delicious fried chicken recipe if you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity!

All you have to do is swap out the regular all-purpose flour with gluten free all-purpose flour. You can also use gluten free Panko crumbs to give it extra crunchiness.

Always double check the ingredients in all processed foods to be sure they are gluten free, before using them. 

Yield: 4

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

If you love crispy chicken, you have to try this easy and delicious air fryer fried chicken recipe!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds skin on chicken, legs and thighs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Coating:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for spraying chicken - vegetable, canola or olive oil

Notes

Cooking times will vary between air fryers so closely monitor your cook time and
temperature.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe - chicken tenders shown with dips of mustard ketchup and horseradish
These air fryer chicken tenders are the perfect meal, and they can be used for other recipes, too!

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