Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

Contributor: Traci DeVito

No standing in the hot sun over the grill! This BBQ Chicken is made in the comfort of your air-conditioned (hopefully) kitchen right in the air fryer.

Listen to our editor, Christine Pittman, explain briefly about how to make this chicken, with some great tips along the way, by clicking the play button below:

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  • Author: Traci DeVito
  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 21 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 whole (3.5 lb.) chicken, cut into leg, thigh, and breast pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce (homemade or store-bought)


  1. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat air fryer to 375°F.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken to coat.
  4. Place chicken in the air fryer skin-side-down. Cook for 18 minutes, until chicken is golden brown.
  5. Transfer chicken to a plate and brush with barbeque sauce.
  6. Wipe off excess chicken fat from air fryer basket.
  7. Return chicken to the air fryer and cook, skin-side-up, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F on an instant read thermometer, about 3 minutes. Larger pieces may require longer cooking time.