Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Welcome to a recipe for Air Fryer Fried Chicken, a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried chicken that still delivers a crispy, golden exterior and juicy, flavorful meat. This method is quick and easy, making it an excellent choice for a delicious meal. Follow this detailed guide to create mouthwatering fried chicken in your air fryer.


Before we start, let’s gather all the necessary ingredients for the air fryer fried chicken.

For the Chicken:

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and/or drumsticks
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)

For the Breading:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Non-stick cooking spray or oil spray


Step 1: Marinating the Chicken

  1. Marinate the Chicken: In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk and hot sauce (if using). Add the chicken pieces and ensure they are fully submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight. This helps tenderize the chicken and infuse it with flavor.

Step 2: Preparing the Breading

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