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Fried Chicken in Air Fryer

Fried Chicken in Air Fryer

  • Author: Shalini
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x


Juicy, golden brown chicken that is made in an air fryer in under 45 minutes!



10-12 Chicken legs or 1 kg Chicken

2 cups Buttermilk

1 cup All-Purpose Flour

2 Eggs, large

1 tsp Onion powder

1 tsp Garlic powder

1 tsp Paprika

1 tbsp Sriracha Sauce

Salt, to taste

1 tsp Pepper powder

1/2 tsp Oregano

Oil, for spraying


To make fried chicken in an air fryer, let's first season the buttermilk. Add onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, sriracha sauce, salt, and pepper.

Combine the ingredients with the buttermilk well.

Add the chicken pieces to the buttermilk and keep it aside for 30 mins to an hour. You may choose to keep it refrigerated overnight.

It's time to make the breading. To the all-purpose flour, add oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

Beat two eggs with a little salt in a shallow dish. Keep all the mixtures handy for an easy breading process. 

Let's prep the chicken now. Coat each chicken piece in flour, dip them in beaten eggs, and coat again in more flour. Keep aside.

Preheat the air fryer to 360 F or 180 C for 5 minutes. Place the breaded chicken in a preheated air fryer. Spray it with cooking oil.

Cook the chicken in batches for about 25-30 minutes, flipping over halfway through. Repeat the process.


The temperature may vary depending on the air fryer brand and the size of the chicken pieces.

You may use parchment paper to line the air fryer basket to prevent sticking the breaded chicken to the surface. I tried with and without the butter paper and preferred the latter.

If you are using any liner, make sure that you place the chicken pieces over it. Else the liners will fly and get caught in the fan causing fire during the cooking process.

Do not overcrowd the chicken pieces. Add only a few pieces at a time and cook the chicken in batches.

Flip the chicken pieces halfway through the cooking process to ensure even cooking on both sides.

Before and after flipping, do not forget to spray the chicken pieces. This ensures that all the flour is evenly coated with oil. Else, the breading will not cook properly to create a crispy crust. If you find uncooked raw flour patches any time, spray the oil.

You may use any oil that does not have any added flavor like canola oil or vegetable oil.

This is the air fryer that I use.

Find all Air fryer recipes here.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

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