“Southern-style Fried Chicken cooked in an Air Fryer! Easy recipe that creates a crunchy, golden, crisp fried chicken”
Visual learner? Watch me make this Air Fryer Southern Fried Chicken from start to finish!
I caved yall. I just couldn’t fight it any more ok! I had to have it.
I’m talking about the highly talked-about Air Fryer!
Do you have an Air Fryer? I usually don’t fall for new kitchen appliances. I still haven’t caved to the Instapot (yet) but FOMO (fear of missing out) was strong on this one!
I mean, can chicken fried in air REALLY taste like it was fried in oil like the reviews are saying??? Would my french fries seriously “fry” up crisp and golden without needing to use oil?
Nuh-uhn, stop playing! I didn’t believe it at all. So off to King Amazon, I went!
I read a dizzying number of reviews and felt completely stumped on which brand or size to get. After playing eeny meeny miny moe, I landed on the 3.8QT Habor Air Fryer. It looked pretty straight forward without too many settings to fool with and had great reviews.
Amazon Prime had it on my doorsteps in a matter of hours. Ahhh the many perks to living close to an Amazon fulfillment center. Prime real estate people!
The first thing I tried and Instagrammed about was some store-bought nuggets and fries for my boys. I. FELL.IN.LOVE. It cooked them quick, and they were perfectly crisp!
My next test was a major one! This would make or break my love for the air fryer and that test was homemade southern-style fried chicken! I made a basic Southern-Style Fried Chicken recipe and threw it in the air fryer. Although I’m sure any fried chicken recipe would work.
The results: Perfectly golden, crisp and crunchy Air Fryer Southern-fried chicken! Wow it works!
Now, let me just say, and this is my opinion, but it DOES NOT taste like it’s fried in oil. The greasy, deliciousness of deep-fried foods are in a league of their own and that’s the way God intended.
However, it does taste similar to a Southern fried chicken that’s baked in the oven on a grill pan, which is delicious! I’ve noticed that the breading on foods fried in the air fryer seem to be much more fragile and the crispiness doesn’t last long. So it’s best to go light on breading and serve immediately. I’ve also noticed that when I fry chicken in the air fryer I don’t need to brine it in buttermilk like I usually do. It’s soooooo juicy!
3 Tips for the BEST Air Fried Southern Fried Chicken
- ALWAYS lightly coat chicken with oil or butter. I used olive oil. Oil will help the breading crisp up and come to that beautiful, crunchy golden brown color. If you don’t use enough oil the breading will have a slightly powdery texture.
- DO NOT expect for it to taste like chicken fried in oil. Whatever you do, don’t set yourself up for this. Just don’t. It doesn’t taste like it’s cooked in oil. Yes, it’s crispy and golden which is a win for hardly any oil.
- Go easy on the breading. Lightly coat the chicken evenly in the egg mixture and flour. I love a thick, triple dipped fried chicken, but in the air fryer I’ve discovered a thinner coat will crisp up better and it’s as fragile.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken Trouble-Shooting
(Because it took me 4 times to get it right!)
My chicken came out soggy underneath the breading? This can happen when using too much egg (not letting the excess drip off) or cooking on the wrong tempt. My air fryer says to cook chicken on 350.F however, other air fryers may require a different temperature. Follow the instructions on your’s but don’t be afraid to try a different temperature.
There is still flour on my chicken even when it’s cooked through. A very light coating of oil before you place your chicken in the fryer and midway through should get rid of all the flour. If a light coating of oil is not enough, then there is too much flour on the chicken.
My chicken is not done after the allotted time. Cook it longer and use a meat thermometer. Feel free to check it often when you are just getting the hang of frying chicken in an air fryer.
Can I use a different flour, oil, skip the egg, etc. This is the ONLY way I’ve made fried chicken in the Air Fryer so I can’t give my results on substitutions.
Is the air fryer really worth it??
Honey, I don’t know. Some folks live by them just like they live by the George Foreman grill! When I first got my Air Fryer and made nuggets and fries for my sons I was sold. However, when it came to making larger meals for the whole family, things needed to be cooked in batches. I found myself pushing my air fryer to the side and just going back to the oven so I could get it done all at once.
My Air Fryer Pros:
- It’s versatile and quick. You can cook a lot of things in this baby and pretty quickly!
- Set it and forget it. It’s nice not having oil to deal with! Just set the timer, check it halfway and come back to perfectly crisp food!
- Space saving. Some people use it daily and it’s taken the place of their ovens! It’s a teen’s best friend because they can make all of their favorites (burgers, grilled sandwiches, chicken nuggets, fries, etc)
- Easy to use. Operating the Air Fryer is pretty darn easy.
- Healthier. Of course the obvious is that it doesn’t require much oil, if any.
My Air Fryer Cons:
- Certain from-scratch recipes have a learning curve. I cook primarily from scratch. It took me a few tries to get homemade fried chicken right. Frozen, store-bought nuggets were a breeze.
- Yet another kitchen appliance. I’m a minimalist in the kitchen. I usually get an appliance, use it and then give it away within a month. It does take up more space than I wished it would.
- Need it to be bigger. Yes, I prefer it small but bigger lol. I cook big meals so we’ll have leftovers. It’s really too small for my family, even the larger one. It would be ideal for asingle, couple or small family with young kids.
- The texture is “different” than what I’m used to. I can’t really explain it. I’m SUPER picky with textures so this might just be my issue. It’s not a bad texture at all, just… different.
So far, I give the Air Fryer two thumbs up for what is it! I mean, it’s pretty incredible to fry foods with air right! I do however prefer oven-fried chicken over air fried chicken. I’m just saying.
I have yet to use my Air Fryer for baking though and when I do, I’ll be sure to give my FULL review! I’m excited to try a cheesecake in this thing, which apparently it can do like a pro! Stay tuned! Until then, make some fried chicken! Or some Air Fryer Honey BBQ Chicken Wings.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Southern Fried Chicken
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SOUTHERN-STYLE FRIED CHICKEN COOKED IN AN AIR FRYER! EASY RECIPE THAT CREATES A CRUNCHY, GOLDEN, CRISP FRIED CHICKEN
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 6 legs
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- 2 lbs. chicken, I used 6 legs
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons milk or buttermilk
- 1/4 cup water
- olive oil
Wash and dry chicken, set aside.
In a bowl combine seasonings.
Coat chicken generously with about a tablespoon of the spice mixture. (Add a splash of olive oil to the chicken to help distribute the spices if needed. Really rub it in!). Set aside.
In a gallon-size plastic bag, mix together flour, cornstarch, and remaining spice mix. (VERY IMPORTANT: Flour SHOULD taste well-seasoned. Add in more spices and salt if needed) Set aside.
In a large dish, mix together eggs, hot sauce, milk, and water.
Coat chicken very lightly in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess.
Place on a tray to allow time for some of the flour to absorb a little.
Coat the chicken in the egg mixture (shaking off excess).
Immediately, coat the chicken lightly in the flour mixture, shaking off excess.
Let chicken rest for about 15 minutes so that some of the flour is absorbed.
Use an oil mister or brush, to coat the chicken very lightly (all over) with olive oil.(Video) Cosori XXL 5.5 Litre Cooks Amazing KFC Style Chicken
Place chicken in greased Air Fryer basket, allowing room for the air to flow all around the chicken. (do not crowd)
Cook according to your air fryer, flipping halfway and brushing very lightly with more oil (if needed) so that no flour is visible. (I cooked on 350 F. for about 18 minutes)
Remove and let chicken rest for about 5 minutes.
Serve immediately. (Homemade air fried chicken does not stay crisp very long)
Cuisine: American, southern
Course: Main, Main Course
Author: Divas Can Cook
Serving: 0g, Calories: 0kcal, Carbohydrates: 0g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 0mg, Potassium: 0mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 0IU, Vitamin C: 0mg, Calcium: 0mg, Iron: 0mg
- Lightly spray both sides of the chicken with your favorite cooking spray.
- Place the chicken in your air fryer in a single layer. ...
- Cook at 370ºF for 10 minutes. ...
- Enjoy in all of your favorite recipes!
Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F (for 5 minutes, air fryer setting). Place chicken on the air fryer tray or in the air fryer basket. Set the time for 20 minutes.How do you make fried chicken crispy in air fryer? ›
If you happen to own an air fryer, you can certainly reheat your fried chicken in its basket. Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and let the fried chicken come to room temperature. Next, arrange the fried chicken in a single layer and cook it for about four minutes, flipping it once to ensure even cooking.How long do you leave fried chicken in the air fryer? ›
Spray the chicken generously with the cooking spray and air fry until the chicken is cooked through and the crust is crisp and deep golden, about 27 minutes. Check on the chicken halfway through to spray any spots that still look floury with more cooking spray and flip the drumsticks only.Why is my air fried chicken not crispy? ›
Dry the outside of the food properly before you add oil. Do not use too much oil, as this will make the food less crispy and more fattening. Meat or poultry can be lightly brushed with oil or marinated to get the crispiest results.Do you put foil on chicken in air fryer? ›
Yes you can wrap chicken in foil in an air fryer if it is ok to use foil in your air fryer model (check your manual if you are unsure). However, don't wrap chicken in foil to cook if you are using any acidic ingredients in the marinade or seasoning (e.g. tomatoes, chili, citrus).Can I put frozen chicken directly in air fryer? ›
Did you know that you can cook frozen chicken breasts in the air fryer? There's no need to thaw the chicken, just toss it in your air fryer straight out of the freezer. It's a quick and easy way to cook juicy chicken breasts!How long should I cook frozen chicken in air fryer? ›
Put the chicken in the air fryer basket and cook at 360 degrees F until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reads 165 degrees F, 18 to 20 minutes.Can you put frozen food straight into air fryer? ›
Cooking frozen food in the air fryer is faster than using your oven plus no need to defrost or thawing before cooking.What is the trick to getting things extra crispy with an air fryer? ›
“A quick spritz will give your air fried food that nice golden color and crispy texture.” Really, that is it! A simple mist of cooking spray over the top of your food will give your favorite air fryer recipes that just-right color without adding any significant calories or fat.
Yes, even air fryers need a little oil!Do you have to spray chicken with oil in air fryer? ›
Most meats (besides some frozen) do not need oil.
This includes if you just need to spray a baking sheet to make it not stick. You can, however, choose to marinate meat with ingredients such as oil, like these Air Fryer Chicken Thighs recipe.
This all may sound self-explanatory, but it's an important fact to remember: Even if your air fryer has top-notch air circulation from its fan, you need to give most larger pieces of food (such as pork chops, burgers, and chicken cutlets) a turn about halfway through cooking.Can you put raw chicken in an air fryer? ›
I like to cook my boneless, skinless chicken breasts for 10 minutes at 380℉, then flip and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165℉. Can you put raw chicken in the air fryer? Absolutely!Why is my air fried chicken soggy? ›
If you allow it to sit for a while, it will start to turn soggy. That's perfectly normal because the chicken stays so juicy when cooked in the air fryer! It will start to release its juices once it's cooked and then the breading will become affected after a while. So please, serve ASAP!How do restaurants get their chicken so crispy? ›
Biting into a piece of chicken right out of the fryer isn't the smartest idea. At Kentucky Fried Chicken, they “hold” the chicken in an oven set to 175 degrees for about 20 minutes, according to a former employee. This allows the chicken to finish cooking while keeping it warm and the skin crunchy.What is the secret to air frying? ›
- Add water to the air fryer drawer when cooking fatty foods. ...
- Don't overcrowd the basket. ...
- Flip foods over halfway through the cooking time. ...
- Open the air fryer as often as you like to check for doneness. ...
- Use toothpicks to hold foods down. ...
- Shake the basket. ...
- Spray with oil part way through.
The secret to making air fried chicken that tastes just as good as frying is to marinate the chicken with buttermilk and spices and to bread it with a mixture of flour and corn starch. The 2nd must is to generously spray it with cooking spray to ensure all the flour is coated with oil.Which side of foil goes in Airfryer? ›
In fact, lining your fryer basket with foil can really help when you're cooking something delicate, such as fish. However, there is one important caveat: Only put a layer of foil in the bottom of the air fryer basket where your food sits, not on the bottom of the air fryer itself.Can I wrap chicken in baking paper in air fryer? ›
No, using baking paper and tin foil in your Philips Airfryer is not recommended for the following reasons: If you cover the bottom of the basket, the airflow inside the Airfryer is reduced. This results in the diminished cooking performance of your Philips Airfryer.
Depending upon the sturdiness of the glass dish, you can decide whether Glass Pyrex can be used in an air fryer. If the dish is oven-safe, made of borosilicate or tempered glass, it can work in an air fryer. However, if the dish is made of soda-lime glass, it can't withstand high temperatures in an air fryer.Should I thaw my chicken before air frying? ›
No Thawing Necessary
You don't need to thaw the frozen chicken breasts. They can be air fried frozen, directly from the freezer. But if you did end up thawing them, then it will definitely take less time to cook, especially if the chicken is pre-cooked.
Bacon is safe to cook in the air fryer, but you need to make sure that you use the proper temperature and that your air fryer is clean before you begin. The best bacon air fryer temperature is 350 degrees F. This will crisp the bacon without causing it to smoke or burn.How do you make frozen food crispy in an air fryer? ›
Preheat your air fryer to 400°. Then, spray the basket with cooking oil. Next, depending on your air fryer's capacity, add frozen fries to the basket (try our favorite French fry brands). Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until crispy and golden.Can you cook Southern fried chicken from frozen? ›
Oven cook - From Frozen: Place chicken portions on a wire rack, above a baking tray. Cook in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 200°C/400°F/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6 for 50 minutes.How do I PreHeat my air fryer? ›
- Set the temperature at which you are cooking the food. Or at the temperature that the recipe states.
- Click “on” and let the air fryer heat for 3-5 minutes. We suggest 2 minutes for small air fryers less than 3 qts. And for larger air fryers, we suggest about 5 minutes.
Using the suggested baking time given for the conventional oven recipe will probably result in overbaking. To prevent this from happening, reduce the suggested baking time by approximately 20% or one-fifth. If the original recipe suggests baking for 20 minutes, 16 minutes would be enough in the air fryer.What Cannot be cooked in Airfryer? ›
Any food with a wet batter should not be placed in the air fryer. You also want to avoid putting food that has a wet batter, like corndogs or tempura shrimp, in air fryers.Can I cook eggs in an air fryer? ›
Crack 2 eggs into an air fryer safe pan and season with salt and pepper. Set the pan into the air fryer basket and place the basket back into the air fryer. Set the temperature to 375 degrees and the timer for 5 minutes. Once done, remove the basket and then the pan.Do air fryers use a lot of electricity? ›
For example, if you use a 1500W air fryer for an average of one hour per day, it will use roughly 1.5 kilowatts of electricity when you use it. Most air fryers use between 1.4 and 1.7kWh (kilowatts of energy per hour).
"Put a slice of bread on the bottom of your air fryer," said Kang. "It's a green alternative to foil for catching grease and drips for easier clean-up." In order to minimize food waste, you may want to only use this technique when cooking especially greasy foods (like bacon), and also use bread slices that are stale.What does putting tin foil at the bottom of your Airfryer do? ›
No, using baking paper and tin foil in your Philips Airfryer is not recommended for the following reasons: If you cover the bottom of the basket, the airflow inside the Airfryer is reduced. This results in the diminished cooking performance of your Philips Airfryer.Does baking powder make chicken crispy in air fryer? ›
why air fryer chicken wings with baking powder? The baking powder is the best way to get the chicken skin extra crispy without any sort of breading or flour mix. You'll just need a little bit, along with a few other spices to make an easy dry rub.What cooking spray is best for air fryer? ›
My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has no harmful aerosols or chemicals.Can I use Pam in air fryer? ›
Never use aerosol spray cans in your air fryer. Aerosol spray cans (like Pam and similar brands) are known to cause chipping in many Air Fryer baskets. The aerosol cans have harsh agents that just don't mesh with the coating on most baskets. It's best to invest in a good quality oil mister or bottle.How much oil do I put in an air fryer for chicken? ›
oil. The air fryer gives the satisfaction of deep-fried food without all the oil of deep frying, but it can be hard to gage just how much oil basic foods need — especially frozen foods prepared to mimic fried food on their own. Try this: Use just 1/2 teaspoon of oil for most recipes.Do you need olive oil spray for air fryer? ›
Spraying the basket or racks with cooking spray. I'll repeat it again: You should never spray your air fryer basket or racks with cooking spray. In fact, you should never spray any nonstick cookware with cooking spray.Is olive oil good for air fryer? ›
Using cooking oils that can stand up to a high temperature is key. Extra virgin olive oil is not an air fry-friendly oil due to its low smoke point, but extra light olive oil can be used for air frying because of its high smoke point.What temperature should I set my air fryer for chicken? ›
After testing a variety of temperatures, I found that 375 degrees F is the best temperature for air frying chicken. Because the air fryer uses convection heat, you do not need to set it as high as you would an oven (in a regular oven, 425 degrees F is best for baking chicken, like Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast).Do you put sauce on wings before or after air frying? ›
It's best to sauce your wings after air frying so that the sauce doesn't burn. Plus, your air fryer will stay cleaner this way. When the wings finish cooking, add them to a bowl and toss them with the sauce.
Once the wings are cooked, place in a large bowl and season with your favorite dry rub or sauce. If using a sauce, toss the wings in the sauce and place back in the air fryer for 2 minutes on 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the wings and toss in sauce again. This is how to get perfectly sauced wings.How do you stick coating to chicken in air fryer? ›
Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent the chicken from sticking to it. Leave space between the chicken so that it cooks evenly. To get the best results, toss the chicken with either mayonnaise, egg, milk, or buttermilk to add flavor and help the coating adhere better.
Are Air-Fried Foods Better for You? By most measures, air frying is healthier than frying in oil. It cuts calories by 70% to 80% and has a lot less fat. This cooking method might also cut down on some of the other harmful effects of oil frying.How long should you fry chicken in an air fryer? ›
Spray the chicken generously with the cooking spray and air fry until the chicken is cooked through and the crust is crisp and deep golden, about 27 minutes. Check on the chicken halfway through to spray any spots that still look floury with more cooking spray and flip the drumsticks only.Can chicken get crispy in air fryer? ›
There are some recipes that I don't think adapt well to the air fryer, but fried chicken works really well. The chicken will come out crispy and browned. It's definitely worth a try!Why isn't my air fried chicken crispy? ›
Overcrowding: Do not over crowd your air fryer. Circulating air is how the air fryer cooks, and if you don't leave enough space between the food for the air to penetrate, it won't cook the same. You'll have undercooked spots in your dish. If you need to cook your chicken in batches to make sure it's not over crowded.How do you make Kirkwood chicken Air fry? ›
How do you cook Kirkwood chicken breast fillets in the air fryer? For two to 4 dozen chicken breasts, place your chicken breast into the air fryer basket two to four dozen chicken breasts, and set the temperature to 360 degrees F; the air fryer set for 8-10 minutes.How long do you cook Kirkwood chicken fries in the air fryer? ›
- Prepare the air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare with olive oil, avocado oil, or other nonstick cooking spray.
- Place the frozen chicken fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- Air fry the frozen chicken fries at 390 degrees F for 8 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite sauces.
Here's what you do to make air fried chicken in just 15 minutes. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Place as many pieces as you want to eat in one layer inside your basket. Set cook time to 8 minutes, no need to wait ___ minutes flipping them over, they'll crisp just fine without it.Do you have to put oil on chicken in an air fryer? ›
Yes, even air fryers need a little oil!
- Place the empty air fryer basket in the air fryer and preheat at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. ...
- Add the frozen chicken fries to the air fryer basket.
- Air fry Tyson chicken fries for 9 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, turning them over with tongs or shaking the basket at the 5 minute mark.
Place: Place your frozen fries in the air fryer basket. Season: Spray with olive oil lightly and sprinkle with desired salt. Bake: Air fry at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Give the basket a good shake and cook for 5-8 minutes more or till done as you like them.Do you preheat an air fryer with the basket in? ›
STEP TWO: Set your air fryer to the temperature at which you plan to cook your food or the temperature recommended in the recipe. There is no need to remove the basket.How do you cook frozen southern fried chicken? ›
For best results cook from frozen. Place the southern fried chicken fillets on a baking tray in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 and cook for approximately 25-30 minutes. Pack of 4 southern fried chicken fillets.What temperature do you cook chicken in an air fryer? ›
After testing a variety of temperatures, I found that 375 degrees F is the best temperature for air frying chicken. Because the air fryer uses convection heat, you do not need to set it as high as you would an oven (in a regular oven, 425 degrees F is best for baking chicken, like Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast).Do you put sauce before or after air fryer? ›
Adding sauce during cooking? Yes you can! About 1-2 minutes before you take out the cooked wings, you can brush some buffalo sauce on them. Cooking the sauce on the wings for about a minute or two then air frying will make the wings a little more flavorful.