Lunch / Dinner
Classic fried chicken for two? Sign us up! One bite of this Air Fryer Fried Chicken, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this sooner. With a quick soak in buttermilk and Tabasco, followed by a dip in some breading, you get perfectly moist and every-bit-crispy chicken in under an hour. Fried chicken never tasted so good.
We added a little panko to the breading to make it a bit more crispy, but feel free to leave it out and use 1 cup flour instead.
Combine buttermilk and hot sauce in a bowl; add chicken and marinate 20 minutes or overnight. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet lined with a rack; season with salt and pepper.
Whisk together flour, panko, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, shake off excess.
Preheat air fryer to 400° according to manufacturer’s instructions; set cook time to 18 minutes. (Add 3–5 minutes for preheating if your air fryer doesn’t include preheat function.)
Coat preheated cooking tray and chicken with nonstick spray; arrange chicken in a single layer on tray.
Cook chicken 9 minutes; open air fryer, coat chicken with nonstick spray, flip, and close air fryer. Continue cooking chicken until golden brown and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part but not touching bone registers 165°, about 9 minutes more. (If you have a smaller air fryer, you may need to do this in batches.)
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 59g 90%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 344mg 114%
Sodium 857mg 35%
Carbs 20g 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.