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‘Tis is the season that I get to try out all sorts of kitchen appliances! Man, I love this time of year and I love what I do for a living. I get to try out SO many neat things and so many cool kitchen appliances.

This time around, I am trying out the Phillips Airfryer, an appliance that has been on my to-try list for as long as I can remember. The main point to an Airfryer is that that you can create healthy, homemade meals in mere minutes – with less fat.

As someone that has avoided a deep fryer all of her years – yes, even for my doughnuts chapter in my cookbook I used a large,deep frying pan- I really wanted to try an Airfryer out. The secret to the healthy frying is that the Phillips Airfryer uses their proprietary Rapid Air Technology. Thanks to this technology, the airfryer fries, bakes, roasts and grills with little to no oil, making it a perfect solution for fast, tasty and healthy meals and snacks.


Can I call French fries healthy now? All jokes aside, I will be trying out french fries in my last post on the airfryer. I love a good French fry but unfortunately there is nothing like deep frying them. Wait until my last post and we are going to delve into how French fries turn out on the airfryer!

Right now we are going to start with my own recipe, then I will be posting more posts later on, that involve testing Gordon Ramsey’s recipes!


That’s right, I get to try out one of HIS recipes next! But for now, I wanted to test out how this baby works.

Can you get a crispy, crunchy texture without all that oil?

Well, take a peek at my air fried chicken!


I made three chicken thighs in the Phillips Airfryer and they were a HIT. 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 airfryer, this would also work with chicken wings! The airfryer can only handle a certain capacity – see the manual- so it makes only a small meal, say for two people. ( or one 12 year old boy.)

The Phillips Airfryer comes with a fabulous recipe booklet that has 25 delicious recipes. Better yet, the Philips Airfryer app can be downloaded for free and has over 200 recipes; available in multiple languages and platforms so that you can get cooking!

What I really loved about this chicken is that I used no grease at all. Nada. I put the chicken in there and it cooked up beautifully without a drop of grease added.

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!

This recipes uses one of my very favourite 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 airfryer and what do you think about it? Who has been wanting to try an Airfyer like I have?  Stay tuned for two more posts where I delve into this appliance and really try it out!

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This post has been sponsored by Phillips, but all opinions remain my own.

3.75 from 172 votes
AirFryer Fried Chicken
Prep Time
4 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
29 mins
Delicious "fried" chicken done in an AirFryer!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 327 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 4 small chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Old Bay Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  1. Pre-heat the Air Fryer to 390 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt and the Old Bay.
  3. Dredge the chicken through the flour mixture, then into the egg, then back into the flour mixture again. Shake off excess flour very well.
  4. Place the 4 chicken thighs into the bottom of the AirFryer cooking compartment. Cook for 25 minutes or until the chicken reaches 180 degrees.
  5. Remove and serve.
Nutrition Facts
AirFryer Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 151mg 50%
Sodium 686mg 29%
Potassium 321mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 28.1%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 12.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I have my chicken thighs in my air fryer (first use). It has occurred to me that you were not using boneless thighs. Probably totally over cooking them.

  2. Cher Peadon Reply

    I cook, pretty much, every day for 4-6 people, What size Air Fryer I should buy? Would love to try this recipe!

  3. ChristyLeigh Reply

    I got my Wise air fryer for Mothers Day and have had so much fun making everything from Cinnamon rolls to Fried chicken! This recipe was fantastic! I used a greek seasoning and parchment paper with holes in it made for the air fryer to reduce sticking. All the grease in the chicken thighs I didn’t need to add any extra oil. I put them in skin side down then flipped them over after 15 mins. Better than KFC!!! I had a sick little one home from school and was trying to make something she would want to eat! Which she inhaled! Sent a picture to my husband and he is jealous and excited for me to make them again for dinner! This recipe will be on hand and used alot!!! Thank you so much!!!

  4. Roger the Consultant Reply

    OK, so I received my air fryer today, purchased on Amazon Prime Days. Had plans to make some Brussels sprouts or green beans when I saw this recipe. I have regular old Old Bay in my spice drawer and had just purchased a load of bone-in chicken thighs at Costco this afternoon (before I knew the fryer was here). So why not? When I informed the wife and our guest that I was making this they both yawned. No oil? 20 minutes? Really? Really! We finished dinner a half hour ago. They both want to know when we are having this again. Your unlikely spice mixture and wonderful end result are to be savored. Thanks for posting this.

    • Eugene S Legg Reply

      I wish I can post my Airfryer BBQ Chicken I made with my Phillips Airfryer XXL! They turned out fantastic and taste restaurant bought!

  5. I did a couple of Ribeye Steaks in my Air fryer and they came out amazing. I just love it. My son who used to love all his stuff fried is now using the air fryer constantly and like the taste even better. Recently I had my sister over and she got to try the air fryer for the first time, now she is wanting one of her own. I haven’t tried fried chicken in it yet, but that is on the agenda for tonight now.

    • Rachel how did you cook the ribeye? Been wanting to try steak in mine

  6. Tiffany Fisher Reply

    My new favorite chicken air fryer recipe…pounded tender sized chicken breast to 1/2-1″ in size. Put in at 400 about 6 minutes on each side…used mist oil sprayer beginning and after I turned over…made a nice hard fried crust that was perfectly done and juicy…delicious! Used boneless chicken breast and gluten free flour…Thank you!

  7. Tiffany Fisher Reply

    My new favorite chicken air fryer recipe…pounded tender sized chicken breast to 1/2-1″ in size. Put in at 400 about 6 minutes on each side…used mist oil sprayer beginning and after I turned over…made a nice hard friend crust that was perfectly done and juicy…delicious! Thank you!

  8. Leigh Anne Zerko Reply

    I have a Cooks Essential air fryer. My favorite thing to cook in it is fried chicken. I do mine a little different. Dip in flour, dip into egg/milk mixture, then dip and cover in a mix of traditional breadcrumbs/panko breadcrumbs. I spray my chicken on both sides with some oil or Pam and then put in the basket. Cook on about 370-380 for about 12 mins, turn chicken over then cook another 12 mins (for bone in pieces like legs) ….. Viola!! It is perfectly fried chicken. Crispy on outside and so juicy on the inside. You MUST remember to spray the breaded chicken with oil or Pam or it WILL come out flour-y. The oil adds moisture and makes it crispy and done.

  9. I am new to air frying and tried making french fries in it and was terribly disappointed with the results but decided not to give up. I came across this recipe and decided to give it one more try. After reading the various comments, I let the thighs sit in the refrigerator for twenty minutes after coating them. I sprayed them with cooking spray before putting them in the fryer. I set the temperature at 360 degrees F. I turned them after thirty minutes and let them cook for another seven minutes. They came out perfect! Before I turned them I noticed that they still looked like the flour wasn’t going to cook properly but after being turned it crisped up nicely. The thighs were larger than I would have preferred but four just fit in my fryer basket and they still came out golden and crispy. I will be making this recipe often!

  10. Tried mine for the first time tonight, only changed one thing in the receipt, I dredged the chicken through Panko bread crumbs after the flour/egg/flour, and it turned out GREAT! Nice and crispy outside, very moist on the inside.

    • Leigh Anne Zerko Reply

      I love it with the Panko breadcrumbs also!! Makes it really crispy like fried chicken!!!

  11. Joyce Huffman Reply

    Have not tried fried chicken, going to try it tonight. Would like more air fryer recipes. My book does not have many. Most of them are frozen store bought foods. I like real homade foods. Thank you. You can email me some recipes if you have some.

  12. judith rhonehouse Reply

    i have a airfryer and love it. my friend bought it and did not like following instructions and pushing buttons. have done bacon, steak,dinner frys, andcube steaks but did not come out good. going to do chicken tomorrow. judy

  13. Will chicken with the skin removed still come out with a crust? I’d like to try making it that way since the skin is where all the fat is.

  14. Just got a small air fryer and have no clue what to do. I would appreciate some receips

  15. Made this with legs instead of thighs. Sprayed the chicken with cooking oil spray. Turned legs with 10 minutes left, but I don’t know if it was necessary, it seemed to be cooking evenly Came out amazing.

  16. I bought an Air fryer but it is the Nu Vue version. I fried potato wedges in it last night, The recipe said to soak potatoes in water for 30 minutes which I did but it took a long time for the potatoes’ to get done. I don’t think I had to many in the fryer, its a 6 Liter fryer, the potatoes was hard it time I checked after the initial 25 min which the recipe booklet called for. Once the potatoes were done they were hard and dry. Can anyone tell me what happened?

    • After you soaked the fries did you dry them? The soak is to get starch out of the fries then you use paper towels or a real bar towel to take the excess water out of the popatoes

    • Iris Torres Reply

      Mine came our delicious..They were not dry and they were crispy ..

  17. I don’t lke the looks of that crust. Is there a good batter recipe for chicken batter that would give a nice thick crust?

    • I coated the chicken tenderloins with mayonnaise then rolled them in Italian bread crumbs. Cooked @390 degrees for 20 minutes. Picture perfect. Moist and yummy!

  18. Followed it to the letter but added a quarter teaspoon of garlic salt to the teaspoon it calls for, No need to do that, The recipe is perfect as is. Turn the chicken once during the process. Keep the basket under-loaded. Perfect, and much better than the version that calls for soaking the chicken in butter milk.

  19. Be sure to spray your chicken with oil prior to cooking in fryer to get breading crispy.

  20. When you say to put the chicken at the bottom of the pan, do you mean…don’t put the chicken in the basket, but in the pan below? I put mine in the basket and had to turn it midway thru the time as the bottom was not crisping/cooking at all.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Did this recipe exactly as directed and it was amazing! I bought the airfryer because my father-in-law likes fried chicken but cannot have the fat. He was so happy.

  22. SHEILA BLAIR Reply

    First time using my airfryer can I use will breadcrumbs be better as a batter than flour

  23. I preheated my air fryer, soaked the chicken in buttermilk, dipped in egg, then flour mixture. I added it to the preheated basket at 390…checked at 12 minutes and the flour still looked like flour except for burnt tips. I thought maybe it needed to cook more so when the timer went off, it looked pretty much the same. I cut a piece open and it was cooked but it just looked bad. I ended up scraping all the batter off and doused in bbq sauce to salvage the chicken. Any thoughts on what went wrong?

    • You need to spray the coated chicken with olive oil. Get a spritzer or can of extra virgin olive oil. Make sure that the type you buy doesn’t have propellants or other additives. This will ensure that your chicken gets crispy.

  24. Old Bay Cajun Seasoning? It’s from Chesapeake Bay. Not exactly Cajun country.

  25. I made this and it was fantastic. I cut up a whole chicken and made the whole thing in 2 batches. I took the advice of the other comments and lowered the temperature of my air fryer to 330 F after the initial preheat. I also sprayed the fryer basket and the chicken with cooking spray to help prevent sticking (it didn’t stick at all). The chicken was perfectly cooked to a golden brown and looked like something out of a magazine. I took a picture of the 2nd batch — my family devoured the first batch before I could grab my camera! This will now be my go to recipe for “fried” chicken.
    Picture of my chicken:

  26. Chicken theigh bloody near bone Burnt on crust will try lower temperature over longer period of time

  27. Do you use boneless or bone-in thighs for this recipe? Thanks!!

    • You want free recipes from her website that she tests so that you don’t screw up, you can deal with some stories! Honestly, haven’t you ever read a blog?

      • Seriously!? I like reading comments to see how people like the recipes, but could do without the snarky ones. How about that, Shannon?

    • Shannon, then don’t read her life story. Simple as that. Move along

  28. Dorothy J Show Reply

    I haven’t made this yet, have to get the old Bay, will make it soon.

  29. Help! What am I doing wrong? I am a proficient chef but I have made this recipe twice and both time they came out covered with flour. Not yummy and golden brown at all. Very frustrated. Not your recipe, something else must be wrong.

    • Hmmmm. Try brushing it with egg at the end, right before? Your flour is sticking a LOT, which is good, but you don’t want it too stuck!

    • Mine chicken breast came out covered with flour also. Did you ever figure out why?

  30. Alexis Evans Reply

    I sprayed the basket and rack but the coating came completely off the chicken. It tasted good but was a mess.
    How can I make it look like yours?

  31. You can actually fit more than three or four chicken thighs in the basket by slightly overlapping them or even sitting them end-on. Because the airfryer powerfully circulates the heated air, it doesn’t matter if the food overlaps a bit, you just have to then move the pieces around once or twice to let the heated air get to the covered bits. I’ve found that once the outside gets crisped, it doesn’t matter how the food is stacked – you don’t have to faff around with placing it correctly because the hot air will cook it evenly. When I cook chicken wings in my airfryer I just dump the whole lot in the basket until it’s almost full and I shake the basket around once or twice during cooking.

    In a regular oven you can’t crowd food because the heat doesn’t penetrate but the airfryer cooks much more efficiently. For example, to cook chips (frozen or homemade), you don’t have to have them in a single layer like oven chips, you just pile them all in as if you were deep-frying them.

  32. SeniorKiwiGirl Reply

    You sound like a girl after my own heart.  Housework is sooo last century – cooking is much more fun.  Your chicken recipe above sounds divine.  Going to try it tonight.  I’ve had my Philips air fryer since Christmas and already used it to cook chips, crumbed schnitzel, sausages, grilled tomatoes, bacon, fried bread, home made rissoles, home made chicken nuggets, home made burger patties – the list keeps on getting bigger.  But I just love it!!!

    • Sandy Soresi Reply

      I would love to have your Fried Bread recipe if at al possible.
      For some reason my Air Fryer didn’t come with a Instruction book. I am relying on you sweet people who share.

  33. thanks for the recipe but I can’t find what temp to cook it at or if you had to preheat it?

    • SeniorKiwiGirl Reply

      jjeanot Line 1″of the instructions says “Preheat the Airfryer to 390 degrees

  34. nicolthepickle Reply

    This looks wonderful. I’ve been wanting an air fryer for a while. But my family is bigger and at 25 minutes per batch that wouldn’t be that suitable. 

    • Fireteammom Reply

      My family is large. I receied the smaller one for Christmas and really appreciate having it, now I am buying the Proair extra large one for my larger cooking needs.

  35. Jane Falzone Reply

    Aww, you were in NJ and never stopped in to say hey….next time

  36. Jane Falzone Reply

    I recently got one and haven’t tried it yet. I will be tomorrow night. Making chicken wings and ribs.

  37. Lori Brash Jansen Reply

    I just received my second larger one yesterday. I love these things. Could not get family to stop deep frying so I thought I would try one is these..well….I think I can now throw out the disgusting deep fryer. Family loves it. So do I! No more greasy mess.

  38. Deb Lundberg McLean Reply

    I just got one and I’m not too sure about it yet.

    • Fireteammom Reply

      Jump in and make fries, tatertots, or chickenuggets. You should find yourself wondering how you lived this long without it. I have only had mine for three weeks, I took it with me recently on vacation. I csnnot wait to use it in my RV.

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