Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe

Contributor: Emily Dingmann

Pull out that air fryer. We’re making Air Fryer Fried Chicken for dinner – and we still get all the crispy goodness. Score!

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Refrigerate: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


Units Scale
  • 1 and 1/2 lb. chicken legs (thighs and drumsticks)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt + some for sprinkling
  • Cooking spray


  1. Combine chicken and buttermilk together in a bowl. Refrigerate for at least four hours, or up to 24 hours.
  2. Take chicken out at least a half hour before cooking.
  3. Whisk together flour, corn starch, cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon of the salt in another large bowl.
  4. Dredge chicken through flour mixture. Repeat with all pieces of chicken.
  5. Meanwhile, line air fryer basket with foil and preheat air fryer for a few minutes.
  6. Spray chicken pieces with oil mister or cooking spray.
  7. Cook chicken at 380°F. for 15 minutes and then increase heat to 400°F. and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. (Larger pieces will take longer, as will dark meat.)
  8. Remove chicken and let rest on a wire drying rack. Sprinkle with salt.

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