Air Fryer Fried Chicken

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Air Fryer Fried Chicken
Air Fryer Fried Chicken


  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 skin-on chicken legs
  • 2 eggs, beaten 
  • cooking oil spray


  1. Preheat air fryer to 360°F (180°C).
  2. Add 1½ cups flour to a shallow bowl. 
  3. Place remaining 2 cups flour, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder in a separate shallow bowl and stir until seasoned flour is well mixed. 
  4. Dredge 1 chicken leg in plain flour and shake off excess. Dip chicken in beaten egg, allowing any excess to drip off, and then dredge in the seasoned flour mixture.
  5. Place chicken leg into air fryer basket. Repeat until all chicken is coated. 
  6. Spray chicken generously with cooking spray, using tongs to flip chicken and spray both sides.
  7. Cook chicken in air fryer until a golden crust forms and a thermometer inserted near the bone reads at least 165°F (75°C), 25 to 27 minutes. Turn the chicken every 5 minutes or so, to ensure golden crust is even.
  8. Carefully remove chicken from air fryer and serve immediately.
Mealthy tip:

Want to make a gluten-free, Whole30, or paleo version? Try almond flour instead of all-purpose flour.

If you want to keep the seasoning simple, skip the garlic powder and onion powder!


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Manny Cruz says:

Drool! This air fryer chicken turned out so good! No gross oil smell you get after deep frying chicken. I used a little seasoned salt and tossed drumsticks and thighs in my air fryer using the steps in this recipe. It was so good, I definitely will make again.