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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Crispy, crunchy fried chicken is a breeze to make in the air fryer! A buttermilk and hot sauce marinade takes this fried chicken recipe to the next level!
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken, Air fryer fried chicken, air fryer hot chicken, hot chicken recipe, hot fried chicken recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 185kcal
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  • Air fryer


  • 8-12 pieces bone-in chicken pieces

For the marinade:

For the coating:


To marinade the chicken:

  • Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.

To coat the chicken:

  • Combine the coating ingredients in a large ziplock baggie. Place the marinated chicken pieces into the bag of coating mix one at a time and press the bag together to coat the chicken. Place the coated chicken piece into your air fryer basket. Repeat until the air fryer basket is full.

To cook your chicken:

  • Air fry the chicken at 380 degrees F for 25 minutes, flipping the chicken pieces halfway through.



  • I like to lay down parchment paper or foil to help with clean up.
  • I also like to use spray oil (avocado oil) on the drumsticks. Give them a spray before you flip them over to help prevent sticking, and give the tops a spritz of oil to help brown.
  • You can always spritz any floury areas to make them brown.
  • Remember to use your meat thermometer to determine if your chicken is cooked. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees F before consuming.
  • Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the "Air Fry" function.


Serving: 2pieces | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 1472mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 547IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 2mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.