Fried chicken is a beloved classic dish that many of us can’t resist. However, traditional fried chicken can be quite greasy and unhealthy. Enter the air fryer, a kitchen gadget that has become increasingly popular in recent years for its ability to fry foods with little to no oil. In this article, we’ll share with you a recipe for air fryer fried chicken that is crispy, juicy, and healthier than the traditional version.
Recipe for Air Fryer Fried Chicken:
— Ingredients :
▢2 cups buttermilk divided (see note)
▢1 teaspoon smoked paprika divided
▢1 teaspoon garlic powder
▢1 teaspoon poultry seasoning store-bought or homemade
▢1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
▢1 teaspoon kosher salt divided
▢½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
▢8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or drumsticks
▢1 cup all-purpose flour
▢4 cups Corn Flakes cereal crushed
— Method :
Combine the buttermilk, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl or Ziplock bag.
2 cups buttermilk,1 teaspoon smoked paprika,1 teaspoon garlic powder,1 teaspoon poultry seasoning,1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper,1 teaspoon kosher salt,½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Add the chicken and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
Whisk the flour and remaining salt and pepper together in a shallow dish.
1 cup all-purpose flour
Add the cornflakes and remaining spices in a food processor and pulse a few times, till cornflakes are smaller, but not ground too much.
4 cups Corn Flakes cereal
Pour the buttermilk off the chicken into a bowl. Dip the chicken in the flour, then dredge in the milk and finally in the cornflakes.
Place chicken pieces in the air fryer and spray with cooking spray. Set the air fryer to 375°. Fry for 10 minutes, flip the chicken and spray with cooking spray.
Continue frying for an additional 10 to minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. 165° the chicken is done.
If it isn’t cooked completely,continue frying for another 5 minutes and check again.
Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- For extra crispy chicken, you can double-coat the chicken by repeating steps 5 and 6.
- If you don’t have panko bread crumbs, you can use regular bread crumbs or even crushed cornflakes.
- Experiment with different seasonings to create your own unique flavor profile. Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, or even curry powder would be delicious on air fryer fried chicken.
- To ensure that the chicken cooks evenly, make sure it is not overcrowded in the air fryer basket.
Air fryer fried chicken is a healthier, yet still delicious, alternative to traditional fried chicken. By using an air fryer, you can achieve a crispy, crunchy exterior without all the excess oil and grease. With this easy recipe, you can enjoy your favorite comfort food guilt-free.
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