The Best Air Fried Chicken Recipe (Fried Chicken Thighs)

The Best Air Fried Chicken Recipe (Fried Chicken Thighs)

The invention of the Air Fryer has changed my families life.  I rarely made anything that had to be deep-fried in oil.  Heck, our donuts are even baked. If there is any reason to buy an air fryer it is for this Best Air Fried Chicken Recipe.

The Best Air Fried Chicken Recipe

What is an Air Fryer ? 

 An Air Fryer   allows you to make recipes that normally are cooked in oil to be made with fewer calories and fat.  Of course, if you want leaner fried chicken peel off the skin before you eat it but then you lose all the crispy wonderfulness.  

Air Fryers are great for food as easy as frozen french fries to chicken wings to homemade Onion wings. 

The Best Air Fryer Chicken

Cooking chicken in the air fryer is great but its best to use skin-on pieces.  For example, no skin chicken breasts will cook but they may dry out faster.  We made two types of chicken thighs for this recipe and by far the fried chicken with skin was the best. 

  • Prepare the skin-on chicken 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
  • Turn Chicken Tenders and wings over halfway and spray more cooking spray on top of each piece. 
  • If you have larger pieces of chicken cook longer.
  • Always check chicken with a cooking thermometer
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How Long Do I Cook Chicken in the Air Fryer?

Once you make your favorite Fried Chicken batter, the variety of chicken you air fry is endless.  But not all pieces cook at the same rate. 

  • Chicken thighs – cook chicken thighs in the Air Fryer for 25-28 minutes until they reach a temperature of 180-185°F.
  • Chicken breasts– cook chicken breast in the Air Fryer for 25 minutes depending on how thick the chicken breasts are. 
  • Chicken tenders – Chicken tenders in the Air Fryer will take only 15-16 minutes to cook, depending on their thickness

Can 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.   Based on the size of your air fryer and chicken pieces, you may only be able to cook about 4 thighs at a time.  

Air Fryed Chicken

Each air fryer has capacity limits, so be sure to check your air fryer manual before making this recipe.

What is the best seasoning for Air Fryer Fried Chicken?

I guess that the answer to this question depends on where you are from.  Traditionalist may say just salt and pepper. Others might say pepper, paprika and poultry seasonings is the best.

I prefer All Purpose Seasoning Salt or if you want to go a little crazy put some Old Bay Seasoning into your Fried Chicken Batter.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Ingredients for the Best Air Fried Chicken

  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 4 Small Chicken Thighs, Skin On 
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Old Bay or All Purpose Seasoning Salt
  • Cooking Spray

This recipe makes 4 but can easily be doubled.  Simply put the cooked chicken in a warming drawer if you want to serve hot. 

The Best Air Fried Chicken Recipe

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken

 
Put an Air Fryer on your Wish List and Pin this Recipe for when you are ready to aww your family.

The Best Air Fried Chicken Recipe
 

The Best Air Fried Chicken Recipe (Fried Chicken Thighs)

The Best Air Fried Chicken Recipe (Fried Chicken Thighs)

Yield: 4 Breasts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

The best Air Fryer Fried Chicken Thighs you will ever eat.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 4 Small Chicken Thighs, Skin On 
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Old Bay or All Purpose Seasoning Salt
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions

    1. Pre-heat the Air Fryer to 390 degrees.
    2. Whisk together the flour, salt and the Seasoning of Choice 
    3. Turn the chicken through the flour mixture, then into the egg, then back into the flour mixture again. Shake off excess flour very well. Spray the chicken with cooking spray lightly.
    4. Place the 4 chicken thighs into the fryer basket. Then place that into the bottom of the AirFryer cooking compartment. Cook for 25 minutes or until the chicken reaches 180 degrees. You can turn the chicken over halfway and spray again if desired.
    5. Remove with tongs and serve.

Notes

This recipe makes 4 but can easily be doubled.  Simply put the cooked chicken in a warming

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 357 Total Fat 20g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 14g Cholesterol 213mg Sodium 1030mg Carbohydrates 13g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 0g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 34g
All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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