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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!

Chicken stacked three high on a plate
Air Fryer Chicken

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.

How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Chicken

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

What is an Air Fryer?

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.

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Cooking chicken breasts in the air 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 breast should be cooked until 165 °F.


How Long Do I Cook Chicken in the Air Fryer?

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 breast 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

airfryerchicken4Can I Stack Chicken in an Air Fryer?

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 Phillips Airfryer 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 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. You can stack the chicken on it’s side if you want, just make sure that there is lots of surface area to cook.  airfryerchicken3

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! Make sure to check out my post on How to Make Bacon in Your Airfryer, it’s another good one!

What I really loved about this 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.

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!

Tips and Tricks for Making Chicken in Your Air Fryer

  • 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.

Recipe Video

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This recipes 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 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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AirFryer Fried Chicken

Delicious "fried" chicken done in an AirFryer! This air fryer chicken is the best recipe out there!

4.91 from 73 votes
Chicken from the Air Fryer
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 tbsp Old Bay Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • cooking spray if desired


  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. If you want to, you can spray the chicken with cooking spray lightly at this point, but I don't bother.

  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.

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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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. James says

    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.

  2. Reign says

    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?

    • Gerry says

      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 says

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

  3. Jane says

    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?

    • Sharon says

      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!

  4. Richard Stellar says

    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.

  5. Robin says

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

  6. Jane says

    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!

  7. Christine says

    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.

  8. SHEILA BLAIR says

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

  9. valerie says

    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?

    • Elka says

      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.

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      I don;t have soaking the chicken in buttermilk in the recipe, so that’s probably why it didn’t turn out .

  10. wert says

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

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      It’s the literal name on the container of Old Bay, they call it their Cajun Blend.

  11. John Storm says

    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:

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      That looks AMAZING!!!! Thanks for sharing!!! I am so glad you love the recipe!

  12. Jeff says

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

  13. Amy says

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

  14. April says

    Five stars,btw, and I love your recipes AND stories!

  15. SHANNON says

    Can’t wait to try this but could go without life story

    • April says

      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?

      • Cindy says

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

    • Steven says

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

  16. Dorothy J Show says

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

  17. P Combs says

    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.

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      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!

    • Wendy says

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

      • Sonya says

        Make sure you lightly cover all of breast with cooking spray. Wherever it isn’t covered will have that floured effect.

  18. Alexis Evans says

    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?

  19. Jadi Penyebab says

    What if we cooked this for around 30 mins? I’d like to trying this recipe! Thanks btw

  20. Squiddy says

    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.

  21. SeniorKiwiGirl says

    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 says

      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.

  22. jjeanot says

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

    • SeniorKiwiGirl says

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

  23. nicolthepickle says

    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 says

      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.

  24. Jane Falzone says

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

  25. Jane Falzone says

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

  26. Lori Brash Jansen says

    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.

  27. Deb Lundberg McLean says

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

    • Fireteammom says

      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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