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Air Fryer Fried Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Perfectly seasoned, incredibly tender fried chicken. You'd never guess this crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken was made using a tiny fraction of the oil called for in traditional methods.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 602 kcal
  • 4 bone-in chicken pieces (skin-on or skinless), thighs or drumsticks are my favorite
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • vegetable or canola oil for spraying, as needed
  1. If using skin-on chicken, trim any excess fat from the edges, or remove it completely, and season both sides with salt and pepper, to taste.

  2. Whisk together the buttermilk and hot sauce in a medium mixing bowl. Add the chicken pieces and push the down to submerge them in the liquid. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours if prepping in advance.
  3. Line a small baking sheet with foil or wax paper. Add the flour and Old Bay Seasoning to a large plastic storage bag and shake it to combine the mixture.
  4. Drop one piece of chicken into the flour mixture and shake the bag to coat the chicken well, shaking off any excess flour. Transfer the coated chicken to the foil-lined baking sheet and repeat the process with remaining chicken. Let the coated chicken rest while you preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F for 5 minutes.

  5. When air fryer is preheated, use an oil mister to lightly coat the bottom of the air fryer basket with oil. Lightly coat both sides of the chicken with oil and transfer them to the preheated air fryer. It's okay if the chicken is touching but the pieces should not overlap. Set the air fryer to 390 degrees F for 25 minutes.

  6. Check on the chicken about halfway through the cooking time and spray any dry spots with additional oil.

  7. The internal temperature of the fried chicken should read at least 165 degrees F at the end of the cooking process.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information was calculated for bone-in, skinless chicken thighs.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 602 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 199mg66%
Sodium 825mg36%
Potassium 803mg23%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 16.3mg20%
Calcium 207mg21%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.