Moist and juicy, this Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a delicious spin on your crispy fried version. Easy and splatter-free, it’s a keeper!
It is the end of the year! I have been meaning to post something extravagant as a finale, like a grand cake or something, but when my kids are on school break, I could never plan accordingly.
Everything is wild, spontaneous and of course, all I want to do is spend time with them. I almost never got any blog posts out this week.
But lo and behold, we have this Air Fryer Fried Chicken! If you want something close to your favorite crispy and juicy deep-fried poultry, without all the oil splatters and lengthy cooking time, this comes close.
What’s To Love?
- Now let me tell you that this air fryer fried chicken will not be as earth-shatteringly crisp as the deep-fried ones. But if this is served fresh and immediately, I don’t think you will miss its original counterpart.
- The chicken meat is moist and juicy, thanks to the buttermilk. And the skin is crisp and flavorful, because of the simple flour and seasoning mixture coating.
- This is your fast, fuss-free and lighter version of a crispy fried chicken thanks to the air fryer- probably my favorite kitchen gadget!
Let’s Make It
Soak the Chicken Pieces in a Buttermilk Mixture.
Let the pieces be submerged in this mixture of buttermilk and salt. If you want dairy-free, substitute oat milk and about 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar.
Let this sit for 30 minutes.
Coat the Chicken.
Drain the chicken pieces and toss them in a mixture of flour and seasoning. If you want spicy chicken, add a tablespoon of cayenne.
Shake off the excess powder.
Let the Chicken Rest
Arrange the coated chicken on a platter and let it rest for 15 minutes or so, to let the coating sit well and to moisten them a bit.
Air fry time!
Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil. Spray the chicken pieces with olive oil so that the coating is mostly moist.
Doing 5 chicken pieces at a time in the air fryer (depends on the size of yours), air fry the chicken pieces at 400 F for 12-15 minutes. The chicken will be golden.
Flip the chicken and air fry for another 8 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 180 F at the thickest part chicken pieces.
Let the chicken rest for 5-7 minutes. Serve and enjoy with gravy and rice or mashed potatoes!
Pointers for Success
- Do not overcrowd the chicken pieces in the air fryer. They need to be in one layer and with a bit of space in between to ensure air circulation. This may mean you have to cook in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the doneness of the chicken. A chicken may look cooked on the outside but not actually cook inside, so a meat thermometer is great to have.
- The cooking time is my base guideline, and it may differ for you depending on your air fryer and the sizes of your chicken, again, the thermometer is a great tool here.