Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It’s delicious and really simple.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

This easy to make fried chicken recipe is our favorite way to enjoy crispy fried chicken. I never liked standing over the stove frying chicken and it definitely wasn’t healthy. Now, thanks to the air fryer, we have a healthier alternative that is just as tasty.

Plus, is is really simple to make. The entire process is quick and simple. Everyone can enjoy fried chicken without the work.

Check out this video to see how easy it is to make this Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe! 

We made Air fryer chicken wings the other day and everyone said they were amazing. So, I thought I would try air fryer fried chicken and it definitely did not disappoint.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken

You will need an air fryer to make this delicious air fryer fried chicken recipe.

Have you tried using an air fryer yet?  I was hesitate to try it as I thought surely it can’t be as good as a traditional fryer but I think it might be even better!  Now I love cooking in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken

Do air fryers make food crispy?

Essentially, the air fryer moves air quickly over food similar to broiling it in an oven that it gives the food a similar tastes to food that has been fried in oil. It is crispy and delicious without all of the oil!

The air fryer doesn’t require a large amount of oil like a traditional fryer requires so foods cooked in the air fryer generally have less calories and less fat than fried foods.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken
Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken

Ingredients needed for air fryer fried chicken:

  • skin on chicken, legs and thighs
  • buttermilk
  • large eggs
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • Coating
    all-purpose flour
    garlic powder
    seasoned salt
    paprika
    onion powder
    black pepper
    salt
    Oil for spraying chicken – vegetable, canola or olive oil
Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken

How to make the best air fryer fried chicken:

First, wash and dry chicken and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, salt and pepper until well combined.

In another large bowl, whisk together flour, and seasonings.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken
Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken

Coat chicken with flour mixture. Next, dip in buttermilk mixture.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken

Then repeat in flour mixture.

Place chicken in air fryer basket, spray basket with oil and leave room around each piece to allow air to flow.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken

Spray chicken with oil. Cook at 370 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

Turn chicken over and spray with more oil. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken

Repeat with remaining chicken. Serve immediately.

Store leftovers in refrigerator in airtight container.

Notes
Cooking times will vary between air fryers so closely monitor your cook time and temperature.

Now you know how to fry chicken in air fryer!

It is so easy and a great way to fry chicken without all of the grease or work. You will save so much time cooking chicken this way and it turns out fantastic.

What to serve with air fryer chicken?

Fried chicken is great with this easy coleslaw recipe and baked beans. Lazy day crockpot baked beans are super easy and a favorite around here. We also like these quick and easy baked beans.

Traditional potato salad or German potato salad also go great with friend chicken.

Another option is mashed potatoes and this super easy white gravy recipe. Yum! This is the best comfort food.

Learn how to make homemade biscuits and you have a really great meal. All of these recipes are so easy and you can enjoy this any day of the week.

You might also like to try these brussel sprouts in air fryer. Yum!

This isn’t just for Sunday dinner anymore thanks to quick recipes. You can easily make this anytime!

Oh, I also like to serve with hot sauce. The chicken is so delicious sprinkled with hot sauce for some heat.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple. Try making drumsticks, wings, thighs or anything you prefer. This recipe is super easy and the best flavor with buttermilk. #eatingonadime #airfryerfriedchicken

Try air fryer fried chicken drumsticks.

You don’t have to only use chicken breasts. You can use drumsticks, chicken wings, chicken thighs or any chicken pieces that you prefer.

We are all about using what we have or what is on sale at the grocery store. All of our family prefers different things so we often use the air fryer to make a variety of chicken.

And if I am being honest, I often use what is on sale or I already have in the freezer.

By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget.  If you have a crazy schedule, it can even be accomplished during busy week with quick and easy recipes like this one.

I actually cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! You can do the same thing and use that money for something else!

This is a great example of meals you can fix that are amazing but not expensive. It can be tempting to grab take out during busy weeks but easy meals like this help you stay on track.

Plus, fast food isn’t always that fast or good! I have learned I can make much better meals at home while saving time and money.

Feeding your family does not have to be stressful or complicated. Everyone loves fried chicken and this recipe is the best comfort food.

Print the recipe for fried chicken in air fryer below:

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a game changer. Enjoy crispy fried chicken without all of the work or fat. It's delicious and really simple.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 588
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds skin on chicken legs and thighs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Coating
  • 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

Instructions

  • Wash and dry chicken set aside
  • In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, salt and pepper until well combined
  • In another large bowl, whisk together flour, and seasonings
  • Coat chicken with flour mixture
  • Then dip in buttermilk mixture
  • Then repeat in flour mixture
  • 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
  • Turn chicken over and spray with more oil
  • Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden
  • Repeat with remaining chicken
  • Serve immediately
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator in airtight container

Recipe Notes

Cooking times will vary between air fryers so closely monitor your cook time and temperature.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 588kcal, Carbohydrates 57g, Protein 40g, Fat 21g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 235mg, Sodium 3226mg, Potassium 639mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 6g, Vitamin A 756IU, Calcium 175mg, Iron 5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe as written. Came out GREAT! Was delicious and my husband loved it. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!