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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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Marinate4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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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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