Air Fryer Fried Chicken: the easy and healthy alternative to deep-fried chicken

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
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chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-in
Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp
smoked paprika
1 tsp
Garlic powder
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
Onion powder
1/2 tsp
Black pepper to taste

If you love the taste of fried chicken but are searching for a healthier way to enjoy it, it's time to try making air fryer fried chicken. It's a faster, simpler way to cook fried chicken compared to the old-school deep fry that has the same crispy skin and juicy, tender meat. Air fryer fried chicken isn't as oily as deep-fried chicken, which means crispier chicken with less mess. One of the best parts about this easy recipe (besides how sensational it tastes!) is that you only need a handful of ingredients. Air fryer fried chicken cooks pretty quickly, making it an amazing weeknight recipe for when you're short on time and want to cook up something delicious.


How Long do You Air Fry Chicken?

Air fryer chicken thighs cook in about 24 minutes, or about 12 minutes on each side, plus a little extra to crisp them up. It's also about 24 minutes for chicken breasts. Wings need less time, about 8 minutes on each side for a total of 16 minutes. If you love crispy fried chicken, you can air fry any cut of chicken for another 3 to 5 minutes. Just make sure to check the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer. Chicken is cooked when it reaches 165°F.


Is Air Fryer Fried Chicken Healthy?

Air fryer fried chicken thighs are a healthier alternative to traditional deep frying. The process uses much less oil, which reduces the overall caloric content of the dish. However, it is still technically frying food, so it's less healthy than steaming, poaching, or baking.

Tips for Making Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

– To make ultra-crispy air fryer fried chicken, let the chicken cook a little longer in the air fryer, so it won't be soggy.

– You can lightly coat the chicken thighs with flour (simply whisk in the spices to season it) for a crispier exterior.

Don't stack the chicken in the air fryer. Place the meat in a single layer.


How to Store Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Leftover fried chicken can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

How to Make Air Fryer Fried Chicken

1. Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.

2. Place the chicken in a large bowl. Add the seasonings and toss to coat.

3. Put the chicken in the air fryer in a single layer. Cook for 12 minutes, then flip over and cook for another 12 minutes. For a crispier skin, cook for a few extra minutes, then serve hot.



Other cuts of chicken work for this recipe. Try making air fryer fried chicken with breasts, wings, or legs.

– To reheat leftover air fryer fried chicken, take the chicken out of the fridge and let it sit out for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450°F. Bake the chicken for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the cut.

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