Air Fryer Fried Chicken (KFC Style!)

This air fryer fried chicken is just as crispy and juicy as you’d expect but without all the fuss of deep frying them! This tastes like KFC, but so much better for you!


  • 2 lb chicken pieces a mix of bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the breading

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Preheat the air fryer to 180C/350F.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the chicken, buttermilk, salt, and pepper, and let it sit for 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk the breading mixture together.
  • Using tongs, pick up pieces of the chicken and shake off excess buttermilk. Moving quickly, dip the chicken in the breading on both sides.
  • Generously spray the air fryer basket. Place a single layer of chicken in it and generously spray it with cooking spray. Air fry the chicken for 15 minutes, flip, spray again, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Once the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F, they are ready to be removed from the air fryer. Repeat the process until all the chicken is cooked.


TO STORE: Use airtight containers to store the leftovers in the refrigerator for 3 days.

TO FREEZE: Put the cooked chicken in freezer-safe bags and freeze for up to 6 months.

TO REHEAT: You can reheat fried chicken in the air fryer or a preheated oven.