Crispy Air Fryer “Fried” Chicken is what Air Fryers were created to do! Crunchy golden seasoned outside, and tender, juicy, full of flavor inside! This is how the chicken was meant to be eaten
Perfect Air Fryer Fried Chicken
This fried chicken is going to change your life! It’s one of the best air fryer recipes ever! If you love fried chicken but hate the mess and the extra fat, then this recipe is for you! Succulent tender chicken surrounded by a crunchy, mouthwatering, seasoned coating. Air frying chicken is much healthier than deep fat frying it and you’ll still get that amazing outside that we all love. You may never buy fried chicken out again. It’s just that good.
Using the air fryer eliminates not only the need for extra oil to fry it in, but it will also eliminate the mess. No more oil splatters all over your kitchen. And you won’t have to worry about hot oil hitting you or anyone else who might be walking by. The mess, which is minimal, is contained in your air fryer. Genius! All of the best parts of fried chicken at your fingertips are in this recipe. It’s going to become a quick family favorite for sure. And using the air fryer also just makes this so much easier to make. I’ll confess the thought of making fried chicken before seemed daunting. With this air fryer recipe, I can make it every night!
Easy Fried Chicken Ingredients
Simple ingredients boast a huge flavor in this air-fried chicken. If you don’t have cajun seasoning feel free to sub it out for your favorite spices or you can leave it out altogether. If you don’t have buttermilk don’t fret, I have the solution for you, you can make your own. Get the recipe here.
- Chicken: bone in chicken thighs and legs
- Salt and Pepper: To taste
- Buttermilk: Adds flavor and helps the flour mixture adhere to the chicken.
- Eggs: Another binding agent.
- Flour: The base of the crunchy coating.
- Cajun Seasoning: Full of flavor, it’s perfect for chicken.
- Garlic Powder and Onion Powder: Adds extra flavor
- Paprika: Provides color and flavor
- Salt and Pepper: Add more or less to taste.
- Olive Oil spray: This will help “fry” any of the leftover outside coating.
Crispy Air Fryer “Fried” Chicken
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: American
- 1–2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs and legs
- salt and pepper
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 Tablespoon cajun seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- olive oil spray
Salt and pepper chicken thighs and legs. In a medium sized bowl add the buttermilk and eggs and whisk. In another medium sized bowl add the flour, cajun, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
Using tongs, dredge the chicken in the flour, then the buttermilk, and then lastly in the flour. Place in the bottom of the air fryer basket.
Cook at 360 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Open the basket and spray any flour with the cooking spray. Turn the chicken and cook for another 5-10 minutes until 165 degrees and no longer pink.