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Buttermilk fried chicken in a parchment paper lined basket with a salad bowl in the background.
Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Using your air fryer to make buttermilk fried chicken lets you enjoy one of your favorite fried foods without all the guilt or the mess of deep-frying.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 689 kcal
  • 1 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • hot sauce optional
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • vegetable oil in a spray bottle
  1. Cut the chicken into 8 pieces and then submerge them in the buttermilk (with a little hot sauce if desired). A zipper sealable plastic bag works well for this. Let the chicken soak in the buttermilk for at least one hour or even overnight in the refrigerator
  2. Set up a dredging station. Mix the flour, paprika, salt and black pepper in a clean zipper sealable plastic bag. Whisk the eggs and place them in a shallow dish. Remove four pieces of chicken from the buttermilk and transfer them to the bag with the flour. Shake them around to coat on all sides. Remove the chicken from the flour, shaking off any excess flour, and dip them into the beaten egg. Return the chicken to the bag of seasoned flour and shake again. Set the coated chicken aside and repeat with the remaining four pieces of chicken.
  3. Pre-heat the air fryer to 370ºF.
  4. Spray the chicken on all sides with the vegetable oil and then transfer to the air fryer. Air-fry the chicken at 370ºF for 25 minutes, flipping the pieces over halfway through the cooking process.
  5. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the chicken in two batches. Cook the first batch for 20 minutes and then after the second batch is done, flip the chicken back over and place the first batch of chicken on top of the second batch already in the basket. Air-fry at 340°F for another 7 minutes and serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving (2 pieces)
Calories 689 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 238mg79%
Sodium 874mg36%
Potassium 625mg18%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 1076IU22%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 178mg18%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.