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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Marinated in buttermilk, then coated in seasoned flour and air fried to golden brown perfection, this fried chicken is succulent, moist, and perfectly crunchy. Drizzle hot honey on top for a sweet and spicy bite!

Total Time

1 hr 40 min

1 hr 40 min

Prep Time

1 hr 15 min

1 hr 15 min

Cook Time

25 minutes

25 min

Total Time

1 hr 40 min

1 hr 40 min

Prep Time

1 hr 15 min

1 hr 15 min

Cook Time

25 minutes

25 min

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 2 cups buttermilk (480 mL)
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 lb chicken drumstick (455 g)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (125 g)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder,
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • honey, hot, for serving

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 409
  • Fat 14g
  • Carbs 34g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugar 6g
  • Protein 31g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Add the chicken drumsticks and turn to coat, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining teaspoon of salt, remaining teaspoon of pepper, the paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs.
  3. Remove a drumstick from the marinade and coat in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Dip the chicken in the eggs, then back into the flour. Repeat with the remaining drumsticks.
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F (200˚C). Spray the basket with nonstick spray.
  5. Set 2 drumsticks in the air fryer, making sure they aren’t touching, and cook until light golden, 12 minutes. Flip the chicken over and continue cooking until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C), about 12 minutes more. If you see any dry, floury spots showing, spray with cooking spray and cook for 1 more minute. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  6. Serve with hot honey.
  7. Enjoy!

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 2 cups buttermilk (480 mL)
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 lb chicken drumstick (455 g)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (125 g)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder,
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • honey, hot, for serving

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 409
  • Fat 14g
  • Carbs 34g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugar 6g
  • Protein 31g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Add the chicken drumsticks and turn to coat, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining teaspoon of salt, remaining teaspoon of pepper, the paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs.
  3. Remove a drumstick from the marinade and coat in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Dip the chicken in the eggs, then back into the flour. Repeat with the remaining drumsticks.
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F (200˚C). Spray the basket with nonstick spray.
  5. Set 2 drumsticks in the air fryer, making sure they aren’t touching, and cook until light golden, 12 minutes. Flip the chicken over and continue cooking until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C), about 12 minutes more. If you see any dry, floury spots showing, spray with cooking spray and cook for 1 more minute. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  6. Serve with hot honey.
  7. Enjoy!

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