Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Fried Chicken is crispy, tender, juicy, and oh so flavorful. You’ll wonder why you ever deep fried! Brining instructions included to solidify your pro chef status!
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• 4 chicken thighs
• 4 chicken drumsticks
• 2 cups buttermilk
• ¼ cup buffalo hot sauce (optional)
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon black pepper

Dredging Mixture;

• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• ⅓ cup cornstarch
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 2 teaspoons paprika
• 2 teaspoons onion powder
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 teaspoon dried basil
• 1 teaspoon white pepper
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• Cooking oil, to spritz or baste


1️⃣ In a large mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, hot sauce (optional, for added flavor), garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Add in chicken pieces. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours.

2️⃣ Prepare the breading by combining flour, cornstarch, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, white pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and salt in a gallon sized resealable plastic bag or shallow dish. Mix thoroughly.

3️⃣ Working one at a time, remove chicken pieces from buttermilk mixture. Shake gently to remove any excess and place in the breading mix to coat thoroughly. Tap off any excess. Set on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes while the flour and buttermilk brine meld together.

4️⃣ Spritz the inside of the air fryer basket with non-stick oil. Place breaded chicken into the basket of the air fryer. Lightly spritz, making sure all flour gets coated with cooking oil of your choice. Only put in 4-5 pieces of chicken at a time. Air fryers come in several sizes, so be sure to not crowd the space to ensure there is plenty of airflow.

5️⃣ Select Air Fry method, 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and cook for 10 minutes. Carefully flip the chicken and continue to cook for another 10-12 minutes, or until white meat hits 165 degrees Fahrenheit internal, or dark meat hits 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking time will vary based on the size of chicken and which air fryer you use. Use a meat thermometer to ensure 100% accuracy for food safety.

6️⃣ Remove from basket and repeat for any remaining chicken pieces. Be sure to let rest for 5-10 minutes before eating. Enjoy!

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