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the completed air fryer fried chicken recipe

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Seasoned chicken thighs are air fried to crispy perfection.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 303kcal
Cost: Under $3 per serving



  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup (121g) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Seasoned Flour

  • 1 cup (136g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Mix buttermilk, hot sauce, and garlic powder into a bowl and marinate chicken for up to 4 hours.
  • In another bowl combine, flour, corn-starch, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400F / 200C.
  • Remove chicken from marinade, and dredge both sides in the seasoned flour until it is well coated. Repeat for all the pieces.
  • Place breaded chicken in the Air Fryer basket, leaving space between the pieces and lightly spray with oil.
  • Cook for 10-16 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken. Halfway through cooking, spray the chicken with oil to cover the flour spots and carefully turn the chicken to cook both sides evenly. Start testing at about 12 minutes, and use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature has reached 165F / 74C.



  • Using chicken thighs will give you juicy pieces of chicken that are perfect alone, on sandwiches or paired with waffles. 
  • Leave space between each piece of chicken in the fryer basket for even browning. 
  • Flip the chicken halfway through cooking to brown both sides. 
  • Cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken pieces. Begin testing for doneness around 12 minutes. 
  • Always check for doneness with a meat thermometer. The temperature should be 165F / 74C when inserted into the thickest part of chicken breasts.
  • Storage - leftovers must be refrigerated. Cover in plastic wrap and store for up to 3 days. 
  • There are 7 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 744mg | Potassium: 411mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg