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 411 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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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. Jennifer Gordon says

    Delicious! The whole family loved it!

  2. Jared Fofonoff says

    The BEST chicken I have made in my air fryer yet. So simple, and delicious. I used bone in with skin, and didn’t use a drop of oil. Came out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Fantastic,5 stars

  3. Amy says

    I have cooked whole chickens, chicken leg quarters, sweet potato fries, whole sweet potatoes, donuts. All really good. So happy with my air fryer.5 stars

  4. Leni says

    I used regular seasonings in the flour, and they turned out awesome!! Thank you!5 stars

  5. Erika says

    My new Air Fryer only goes to 200C so at total 30 minutes it works great this recipe.5 stars

  6. Renee says

    First time I’ve done chicken, well something other than French fries, in my air fryer. This was really good! Nice crunch on outside and still really moist inside. Hubby loved it! I can’t seem to make fried, fried chicken so this is great! Thanks no more take out!5 stars

  7. Dave says

    Tried chicken tenders. Don’t, this recipe sucks for that5 stars

  8. Sue Marie says

    Move over Popeye’s and KFC. This one is juicier and the skin is just as good. I modified the recipe by eliminating the salt because someone posted it was too much. I subbed 1 TBSP of Adobo seasoning for the 1 1/2 TBSP of Old Bay. I used drumsticks instead of thighs because I couldn’t wait to try this recipe . lol I cut the time down to 20 mins. (like I found for other drumstick recipes) and it was perfect. Now on my list of FAVS. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  9. Sue Marie says

    I’m new to air frying and have an Instant Pot Vortex Plus Oven. When people complain of recipes with alot of grease, smoking,… tips to stop this is to put a slice of bread in the bottom drip tray to absorb most of the grease. I have no idea if this can be done in the type of fryer you are using. If so, it’s worth a try! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Sounds amazing. That will be my next chicken dish to try.

  10. Meg Nunez says

    My hubby loves my southern fried foods but we both hate the fat that comes with it. This was perfect! A little salty for me as I don’t eat much salt anymore but hubby loved it. Old Bay is fantastic and the chicken was crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. I’ve been cooking for 40 years and it’s great to be able to make my old southern favorites more healthy.5 stars

  11. Maggie says

    Thank you for this yummy recipe Karlynn! This was the first meal I made in my air fryer and it was delicious! I did use skinless and boneless thighs because that’s what I had on hand. The chicken was not dry at all!5 stars

  12. crackerssouth says

    First time I made this, I used cornmeal, not a big crowd pleaser . Tonight I made it with breadcrumbs and everyone raved about it. Other that that I used the recipe to a “T”. BTW, I cooked the chicken in an air fryer, 390F for 10 min., perfect. My wife and daughter loved it. This is a keeper.. Thanks.5 stars

  13. Toroso Restaurant says

    I always love a recipe I can recreate. Definitely pinning this!5 stars

  14. Judith Fertig says

    I Just made this today and it turned out soo great! Thanks for sharing this guide!

    Judith Fertig 5 stars

  15. Mary@lasesana says

    I haven’t got any air fryer but I tried some dishes make by this machine at my friend’s house, she bought it and use to cook fried dishes for her family that’s very good choice for reducing fat. I think I should buy one and try your recipe.

  16. Olive says

    I recently got a Philips Air Fryer as a hand-me-down from my Sister-In-Law. She’s always buying the next new thing and then never using them. Anyway, this was the first recipe I tried with an Air Fryer and it worked out wonderful. My kids want me to do the bacon they saw on your site!5 stars

    • Crystal Jones says

      What can I do about not using
      Oil spray. All I have is vegetable oil

  17. Daily4ever says

    Made this for the first time the air fired chicken with from ticks and thighs
    The chicken skin was crispy and the meat moist. My wife won’t each drumstick except she wanted more! Thanks, great suggestions above on how to add spice to the recipe.5 stars

  18. Amy Ross says

    Used my air fryer because my kids wanted “fried chicken”. They LOVED this recipe and SO easy. This is definitely going into rotation. Thanks!5 stars

  19. Linda says

    Can they be cooked without anything on them except the spray?
    Thanks Linda

    • Viola Brooks says

      I would at least put pepper on the chicken…and like wings you could put cornstarch in a bag, add chicken . Spray with olive or canola oil.

  20. Robert Alexander says

    The recipe never did specify skin or skinless

  21. Christine says

    The chicken turned out amazing!!! It was moist and crispy and so easy to prepare! My husband loved it!5 stars

  22. Susie says

    Getting ready for first time using my air fryer. My husband got boneless no skin thighs. I wanted skin but oh well. Do
    I need to use the cooking spray?

    • Pat McEntee says

      Spray is optional. I usually use it though with vegies.

      For things like steak fries, Brussels sprouts, and onion rings, I mix my seasoning in a small amount of olive oil and then hand toss the food in a large bowl, then in the breading.

      For breaded pork cutlets I use an egg wash, flour, and bread crumbs then let the air fryer brown them as is.

      Try it until you find what works for you. Oil won’t brown the food; that comes from the food caramelizing.5 stars

  23. Helen says

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I just purchased an Airfryer a couple weeks ago. I don’t have many recipes and am just learning. My chicken turned out tasty and moist.5 stars

    • Annie says

      So this was literally the best air fryer recipe for this southern girl because it’s was fried chicken in the air fryer! Mine was so good, thank you thank you ?? Make sure to give it a spray if it’s very floury and it turns out amazing.5 stars

    • Marsha says

      This is a great recipe. All I had the first time we’re skinless thighs. They worked out perfect!
      No need for skin but I am sure it’s great with skin on thighs. At the end of cooking (last 6 min )if chicken lookes like flour, spray no stick cooking spray to dampened the flour and continue cooking.
      Excellent recipe.5 stars

    • National Restaurant says

      Just made this today and it turned out soo good!5 stars

  24. Cassie Konkle says

    This was my first time ever making fried chicken in the air fryer. I was using large chicken thighs, so I was only able to fit 2 in the air fryer. So mine took about 30 minutes to cook completely. I was pleasantly surprised with how the skin came out. It tasted like extra crispy fried chicken. And the meat itself was still very juicy. However, I do think that while the skin was very tasty, the flavor didn’t really penetrate into the meat very well. So the meat itself was a little bland. I think if I were to make this again, I would brine the chicken or at the very least put some sort of dry rub on it and let it sit overnight to get a little extra flavor into the meat itself.4 stars

  25. rosetta mitchell says

    I’ve had my air fryer for about a year and love love love mine. Steaks are great in the fryer, just season and put in fryer and turn half way through. They are great and moist too. Just be sure you put a little water in the bottom of fryer. This will cut out smoke and help keep them moist. I would buy another one if mine tore up tomorrow.5 stars

  26. N Ben says

    Just received a Gourmia air fryer. Instructions and recipes don’t say when to use the crisper. Does all food just go into the basket, or should I always use the crisper?

    • CJ says

      I received a Gourmia for Christmas. I have done chicken wings, coconut shrimp and preparing Chicken thighs now. I just put them inside, have not used any of the accessories.

  27. Rebecca Patterson says

    How did you get your nutrition factors? This is air fried and yet has more fat and calories than a Popeyes chicken thigh.

    • Karlynn says

      The calculator takes ALL the flour and ingredients instead of just a dusting. It’s an estimate based on the calculator.5 stars

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