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Air Fryer Fried Chicken: Crispy and Delicious!

Elevate your air fryer meals with this Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe. Enjoy the indulgence of fried chicken with a fraction of the oil, making it a healthier but no less delicious option for your family dinner.

Liana's Kitchen air fryer fried chicken recipe

How To Make Fried Chicken In An Air Fryer

To make these mouthwatering fried chicken drumsticks, you’ll need:

For the Chicken:

  • Chicken Drumsticks – I used 8 drumsticks – you can use more or less according to how many you serve. I used drumsticks for this recipe because they cook evenly and have enough skin to get crispy. You can also use chicken thighs or wings if you prefer.
  • Buttermilk (300ml) – Buttermilk tenderises the chicken and keeps it juicy during cooking. If you can’t find buttermilk, add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

For the Coating:

  • Plain Flour and Cornflour (80g and 1 tablespoon) – These create a crispy, flavourful coating on the chicken. The cornflour, or cornstarch, as it’s also known, adds extra crispness to the batter.
  • Spices and Seasonings – Celery salt, mixed herbs, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt. These give the coating its deep, savoury flavour. Feel free to tweak the blend to your liking. Increase the cayenne pepper or add some chilli powder for a hotter kick.
  • Oil Spray – Used to help achieve a golden, crispy exterior. You can use any type of oil spray you like, such as olive or avocado oil.

Which Air Fryer Can Make Fried Chicken?

Any air fryer can be used to make air fryer fried chicken. I have made it in a Ninja Dual as well as in a few of the Cosori air fryers.

The air fryer pictured in this recipe is the Cosori Air Fryer 5.5XXL.

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Making the Air Fryer Fried Chicken

First, you’ll want to soak the chicken in the buttermilk. Combine the chicken drumsticks with the buttermilk and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.

chicken soaked in buttermilk

Mix everything well so that all the drumsticks are coated. Cover the bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator. If you can, leave it to marinate overnight – this will really let the buttermilk do its magic, but a minimum of 2 hours will still work well.

spice mix with flour

You can prepare your coating while the chicken is soaking in the buttermilk. Mix together the plain flour, cornflour, and all the spices in a separate bowl.

After soaking the chicken, it’s time to coat your drumsticks in the flour and spice. Shake off the excess buttermilk to drip off before rolling each piece in the flour mixture. Press gently to make sure the coating adheres well to the chicken.

rolling chicken in flour

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Now, it’s time for air frying! Heat your air fryer to 180°C. Arrange the coated drumsticks in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap.

prepared chicken in air fryer for fried chicken

Spray the drumsticks lightly with oil. This step is key to achieving that golden-brown colour we love on fried chicken.

fried chicken in air fryer

Cook the drumsticks in the air fryer for about 25 minutes, turning them halfway through. Be sure to spray a little more oil on any parts that look overly floury after turning.

fried chicken air fryer

After cooking, check the chicken’s internal temperature with a meat thermometer. It should read 75°C at the thickest part of the drumstick without touching the bone.

I use this meat thermometer (bought from Amazon).

fried chicken recipe air fryer

Serving the Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Once the drumsticks are cooked, let them cool for a few minutes before serving. Fried chicken can stand alone as a main dish or be paired with various sides.

Consider a refreshing coleslaw, sweet corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, or a simple green salad. Don’t forget your favourite dipping sauces!

Can I Make Air Fryer Fried Chicken With Boneless Meat?

Yes, but you’ll need to adjust the cooking time as boneless chicken cooks faster. Start checking the temperature around the 15-minute mark.

More Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

Are you looking for more air fryer chicken recipes? Check out the following recipes for inspiration:

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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Yield: 8 - 12 Chicken Drumsticks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Discover the secret to making irresistibly crispy, juicy Air Fryer Fried Chicken at home.


For The Chicken

  • 8 - 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 300ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt

For The Coating

  • 80g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Oil spray


    1. Combine the chicken drumsticks, buttermilk, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well to ensure all the drumsticks are coated. Cover the bowl and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight if time allows. The buttermilk will help tenderise the chicken and keep it juicy as it cooks.
    2. In a separate bowl, mix together the plain flour, cornflour, and all the spices.
      Remove each chicken piece from the buttermilk mixture, allowing any excess to drip off. Roll each drumstick in the flour mixture, pressing gently to ensure it adheres well.
    3. Place the coated drumsticks in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they don't overlap. Spray the drumsticks lightly with oil spray - this will help them achieve that deep-fried golden colour without the excess grease.
    4. Air fry the chicken at 180°C for 25 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time.
    5. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked through. It should read 75°C when inserted into the thickest part of the drumstick without touching the bone.
      Carefully remove the chicken drumsticks from the air fryer. Let them cool for a few minutes before serving.


You can use any type of chicken to make air fryer fried chicken. You may need to cook for longer or shorter depending on the size of the chicken. Boneless chicken will take less time than on the bone.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 645Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 350mgSodium: 1596mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 71g

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