Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is always a family favorite at our house. When I make fried chicken, it can be a time consuming and messy endeavor frying it up in the kitchen. But thank goodness for the air fryer! The air fryer has been a total game changer for me when it comes to fried chicken.

This recipe involves dipping chicken in a buttermilk bath and dredging in a seasoned flour... then the chicken is air fried. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to cook in batches. If you have an air fryer, this recipe is a definite keeper! Cooking times will vary between air fryers so closely monitor your cook time and temperature.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes



2 pounds skin on chicken, legs and thighs

2 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

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


1. Gather your ingredients; wash and pat dry chicken.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, salt and pepper until well combined
3. Set the buttermilk mixture aside.
4. In another large bowl, whisk together flour, and seasonings
5. Set the seasoned flour mixture aside. 
6. Coat chicken pieces with the flour mixture.
7. Then dip coated chicken in the buttermilk mixture.
8. Then repeat coating the chicken in the flour mixture. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes
9. 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.
10. Turn chicken over and spray with more oil. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden. Repeat coating and air frying process with remaining chicken pieces.
11. Serve immediately. Store leftovers in refrigerator in airtight container (if there are any leftovers!)


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