Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is crispy, juicy and crunchy and way less fat than frying!

Author: Jennifer Fishkind
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
marinate: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Pieces of Chicken
Air Fryer Fried Chicken
4.67 from 3 votes


  • 3 Chicken Thighs (Bone in, Skin on)
  • 3 Chicken Legs (Bone in, Skin on)
  • 1 ¼ cup Buttermilk
  • 1 ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • ¾ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 ¼ cup Flour (for dredging)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place chicken in a bowl or resealable plastic bag. Squeeze lemon over chicken.

  2. Prepare marinade by mixing all ingredients except flour. Pour mixture over chicken and marinate for a minimum of 1 hour and a half to overnight.

  3. Remove chicken from marinade and dredge in flour thoroughly coating each chicken piece.

  4. Transfer dredged chicken to wire cooling rack to set for 15 minutes.

  5. Pre-heat air fryer for 5 minutes.

  6. While air fryer is preheating brush both sides of each chicken piece with olive oil. Lightly salt and pepper each chicken piece for extra flavor.

  7. Place chicken in heated air fryer basket. Based on your setting cook for half the cooking time and then shake or flip. (We cooked our chicken at 380 degrees for 25 minutes flipping at 12 minutes.)

  8. Once chicken is ready remove from fryer onto parchment paper lined serving dish and serve immediately! Enjoy!

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 434kcal
Fat: 26g
Saturated fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 121mg
Sodium: 733mg
Potassium: 360mg
Carbohydrates: 24g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 24g
Vitamin A: 470%
Vitamin C: 1.2%
Calcium: 72%
Iron: 2.2%
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