Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Air Fried Buttermilk Chicken is filled with sweet marination that explodes with juicy flavors as you bite through the outer crunchy layer of tasty battered skin. The key to this recipe that gives best results is the length of time the chicken spends in the buttermilk marinade. I prefer to let the chicken set overnight but if you are pressed for time and same day preparation, a minimum of 4 hours marination still makes for some really juicy chunks of chicken. The Air Fryer does a great gob of convecting the cooking spray to sizzle the batter and skin to near perfection. It took me a few tries to get to this recipe and I am happy to share with you some solid tips to make a great Air Fried Chicken for you next food adventure. The flavor profiles I created for this recipe are very close to my traditional down-home recipe but have been tweaked slightly to give you the best possible results using the Air Fryer. We love our fried chicken around here and I am sure you will love this recipe once you try it.

Air fried buttermilk chicken takes a down home traditional style recipe and uses a less grease centric cooking method. Watch the video and follow the simple instructions below to have the latest eatfoodlicious meal suggestion ready to serve. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button to stay up to date on my latest publications. Please like and share this or any of my recipes you may have enjoyed or find interesting. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you enjoyed this recipe or if you have any suggestions you would like for me to make a video on. Thanks for stopping by and return again soon!

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In a large bowl: add buttermilk, salt, then whisk.

Add chicken then mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

In a large container with a lid: combine all the ingredients and mix.

Place one chicken leg or thigh in the container. Cover and shake until the chicken is coated with flour mixture.

Place the coated chicken on a plate or tray. Repeat and coat the rest of your chicken.

Preheat the air fryer to 360°F.  Generously coat all sides of the chicken with PAM’s original cooking spray (do not use olive oil because the flour mixture will stick to the bottom of the air fryer basket). Coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray before placing the chicken in.

Thighs: cook for 24-26 minutes ((flip after 15 minutes and make sure to coat both sides of the chicken with cooking spray ~ this will make it crispy) or until golden brown and crispy.

Drumsticks: cook for 20-22 minutes (flip after 15 minutes and make sure to coat both sides of the chicken with cooking spray ~ this will make it crispy) or until golden brown and crispy.

Serve and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Delicious down-home style air fried rich juicy chicken with a wonderfully crunchy skin the entire family will enjoy.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Marinate 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

Marinate

  • 8 chicken thighs or drumsticks
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt

Flour Mixture

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika

PAM Cooking Spray (Original)

    Instructions
     

    Marinate

    • In a large bowl: add buttermilk, salt, then whisk. Add chicken then mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

    Flour Mixture

    • In a large container with a lid: combine all the ingredients and mix. Place one chicken leg or thigh in the container. Cover and shake until the chicken is coated with flour mixture. Place the coated chicken on a plate or tray. Repeat and coat the rest of your chicken.

    Air Fried

    • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F.
    • Generously coat all sides of the chicken with PAM's original cooking spray (do not use olive oil because the flour mixture will stick to the bottom of the air fryer basket). Coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray before placing the chicken in.
    • Drumsticks: cook for 20-22 minutes (flip after 15 minutes and make sure to coat both sides of the chicken with cooking spray ~ this will make it crispy) or until golden brown and crispy.
      Thighs: cook for 24-26 minutes ((flip after 15 minutes and make sure to coat both sides of the chicken with cooking spray ~ this will make it crispy) or until golden brown and crispy.
      (Depending on the size of your air fryer: repeat the last two steps as necessary)

    Serve and enjoy!

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