Air Fryer Fried Chicken

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This Air Fryer Chicken recipe has had rave reviews from readers for years upon years now- and for good reason! This fried chicken uses no oil and has a crispy, delicious skin over tender chicken meat that your whole family will love!

You’ll love this crispy-skinned air fryer chicken, it’s incredibly satisfying and the recipe is super simple! Don’t forget to also try my air fryer fish recipe or for something totally different, my air fryer eggs!

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Air Fryer Chicken

How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Chicken

This recipe has a coating on the chicken that makes the skin crispy and perfect!

  • Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees.
  • Whisk together the flour, salt, and the Old Bay.
  • Dredge the chicken through the flour mixture, then into the egg, then back into the flour mixture again. Shake off excess flour very well.
  • Place the 4 chicken thighs into the bottom of the cooking compartment. Cook for 25 minutes or until the chicken reaches 180 degrees.
  • Remove and serve.

flour coated slice of raw chicken dipped in egg on a bowl

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Cooking chicken breasts in the fryer is just as easy as cooking any other pieces, except that chicken breast can dry out faster. It’s better to use a batter-like my recipe to seal in the moisture. If you use skin off you can be prepared for dryer chicken, so if you don’t want to eat the skin simply cook the chicken breast with the skin on and then remove it before eating.

  • Prepare the skin-on chicken breasts in the batter according to the recipe
  • Cook the chicken breast in the Air Fryer for 25 minutes depending on how thick the chicken breasts are.
  • If you have large ones they will take longer.
  • Chicken breasts should be cooked until 165 °F.

a box of Philips brand airfryer

How Long Do I Cook Air Fryer Chicken?

These chicken thighs were done in 25 minutes, but it depends on the thickness of the meat, if you are using skin on or skin off and what cut of chicken you are using.

  • Chicken thighs – cook chicken thighs in the Air Fryer for 25-28 minutes until they reach a temperature of 180-185°F. While you can cook them to 165 °F for safety sake,  it’s a widely accepted knowledge among professional cooks that cooking chicken thighs to a higher temperature breaks down the meat fibers more and you end up with more tender chicken thighs.
  • Chicken breasts– cook chicken breast in the Air Fryer for 25 minutes depending on how thick the chicken breasts are. If you have large ones they will take longer. Chicken breasts should be cooked until 165 °F.
  • Chicken tenders – Chicken tenders in the Air Fryer will take only 15-16 minutes to cook, depending on their thickness


close up of crispy-skinned air fryer chicken on a white plate

The Air fryer cooks your food by circulating hot air around it evenly, so that means that for the cooking to happen properly all the surface of your food needs to be exposed to the hot air. I made three chicken thighs in the air fryer and they were perfectly crispy.

Look at how crispy that skin came out! My son devoured these – as 12-year-olds are wont to do – and asked for more! So while I would only place 4 small chicken thighs in the air fryer, this would also work with chicken wings!

The air fryer can only handle a certain capacity – see the manual- so it makes only a small meal, say for two people. You can stack the chicken on its side if you want, just make sure that there is lots of surface area to cook.

four stack of crispy-skinned air fryer chicken in white plate

What I really loved about this air fryer chicken is that I used no grease at all. None. I put the chicken in there and it cooked up beautifully without a drop of grease added.

flour coated raw chicken on the left side and air fry chickens on the right side

The container itself is SO easy to clean.  As you can see, you can fit another chicken thigh or random piece of chicken in there, but you want to make sure that you follow the instructions as to the amount of meat that you can place in there. You simply place the food into this little basket and away you go! It’s so easy!

container with chicken inside the air fryer

Tips and Tricks

  • Some readers put a small bit of water in the bottom of their Air Fryer to prevent smoking, you can try this at your own risk! Apparently putting a little water in the container under the basket can keep the grease from the food from causing smoke.
  • Other readers have sprayed the chicken with cooking spray with good results, but I don’t usually bother as the chicken skin has enough grease in it
  • If you are getting a floury skin, then definitely use the cooking spray on the chicken. That means that the flour isn’t absorbing into your egg layer and that you didn’t have enough moisture.


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This recipe uses one of my very favorite seasonings in the world: Old Bay Seasoning. It’s a very East Coast spice mix ( I was SO happy to have it in New Jersey when we visited) but this Alberta girl has been using it for years already. Mike and I will simply sprinkle Old Bay onto our chicken drumsticks and roast them thusly, with nothing else on it. You could easily do the same with the chicken drumsticks in the Phillips Airfryer as well if you want a gluten-free option!

So, who has an air fryer, and what do you think about it? Who has been wanting to try an Air fryer as I have?  Stay tuned for two more posts where I delve into this appliance and really try it out!

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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Delicious "fried" chicken done in an Air Fryer! This air fryer chicken is the best recipe out there!
4.94 from 414 votes
Prep Time
4 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
29 minutes
Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 4 small chicken thighs skin on
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • cooking spray if desired


  • Pre-heat the Air Fryer to 390 degrees.
  • Whisk together the flour, salt and the Old Bay.
  • Dredge the chicken through the flour mixture, then into the egg, then back into the flour mixture again. Shake off excess flour very well. If you want to, you can spray the chicken with cooking spray lightly at this point, but I don't bother.
  • Place the 4 chicken thighs into the bottom of the AirFryer cooking compartment. Cook for 25 minutes or until the chicken reaches 180 degrees.
  • Remove and serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Old bay is what makes this so good!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 327kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 151mg, Sodium: 686mg, Potassium: 321mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 1405IU, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 2.2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Clara says

    My husband craved fried chicken but it was too caloric until we got an air fryer. This is the best recipe yet! Crispy, well seasoned, and yet still juicy. It was so good I’m making it again tonight. I dredged the thighs in the flour mixture both under and over the skin for extra flavor. I didn’t have Old Bay spice so I made my own; it worked well. This morning I bought Old Bay to see if it makes a difference.

    This recipe is not only a keeper, it’s one to share.5 stars

    • Steve says

      The recipe looks good from what I can tell but there are so many pop ups I went to the next page. Very annoying.1 star

      • Lois Demers says

        Just click on the ‘jump to recipe’ button.

  2. Roland Fernandez says

    Depending on he age of your air fryer, the non-stick coating may be getting a littler tired. It always helps to spray the basket and chicken with some PAM.

    I supplemented the Old Bay and Lawrys with a little garlic power, onion power and smoked paprika. Trust me, with all the flour you will need some additional flavor.

    This is a go-to recipe now and the thighs are crispy, juciy and full of flavor!

  3. Carol says

    I’ve made this recipe a few times now using thighs and it’s in my lineup of quick and easy dinners that my family eats up. If I wanted to make it with drumsticks, would I keep the temperature and just change the time it takes to cook?5 stars

  4. Linda Van Dyken says

    I have tried this recipe 2x – first I cooked as instructed and chicken was burnt and dried out. The second time I reduced heat to 360 degrees and cooked for 20 min. Much better. Chicken is fully cooked at 165 internal temp. Not sure why you suggested180 degrees. Seasoning is great. Five stars at lower temp and time.3 stars

  5. Frank says

    Did this your way and it was excellent. I’m finished looking for other ways to do it will definitely try your fish recipe.

    Karlynn, very cool name. And I had so much fun reading your description. There is absolutely no way I would have said you were Canadian. Lol I was thinking more North Carolina or Tennessee. I’m from Ohio.

    Anyway, excellent recipe!5 stars

  6. Becca Sadler says

    I have to say that this is quite good. I do highly recommend spritzing the fryer and the chicken with some oil. It helps it from sticking to the pan as well as the chicken being too floury. Very tender and moist.4 stars

    • Jessica says

      This was so easy and delicious! I am not much of a cook, but you wouldn’t know from this dish! I made it with bone-in, skin on chicken thighs and prepared it just as stated in the recipe. This will definitely be a regular around here. I bought some Old Bay seasoning just for this recipe, and it gives a nice heat, but not too much for this girl who can’t handle spicy food. Thank you so much for this great recipe!5 stars

  7. Carol Armstrong says

    I can’t believe how easy and delicious this chicken was. Making it again tonight. Thank you for the recipe.

  8. Remy'sMom says

    All the breading ended up stuck to the bottom of the air fryer basket (I sprayed the chicken and the basket first) and the chicken was pretty dry and stringy. 🙁2 stars

  9. Natalie says

    My chicken thighs were skinless. They came out pretty flour-y on the outside and a little dry actually. Cooked for 25 min. Next time I’ll sorry with oil and reduce cook time.3 stars

  10. Maria T Helberg says

    First time doing fried chicken in my air fryer it was delicious 😋
    Thanks for the recipe loved it. I did use some Cajun spice in the flour mixture and old bay.5 stars

  11. Mary G says

    This can be gluten free if you use cassava flour. I found that spraying olive oil is required for a crispier crust while using a smaller air fryer.4 stars

  12. Renée H says

    Nervous as heck! This’ll be my first air fry recipe, but have been dying to try air fried chicken drumsticks. Based on the majority of comments being very good…I’m hopeful for a happy and tastey outcome! Will post my results.

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