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Air Fryer Southern-Fried Chicken

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Air Fryer Southern-Fried Chicken
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 4
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Nothing beats crispy, savory southern-fried chicken—especially when it has less fat than the deep-fried version. Try this Air Fryer Southern-Fried Chicken recipe for a fresh take on tradition.
Updated Mar 29, 2021

Ingredients

Seasoning Mix

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Chicken

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb total)
  • 3/4 cup Gold Medal™ All-Purpose Flour
  • Cooking spray
Make With
Make With
Gold Medal Flour

Steps

  • 1
    In small bowl, mix Seasoning Mix ingredients.
  • 2
    In shallow bowl, mix buttermilk and 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mix. Cut chicken breasts in half crosswise, and add to buttermilk mixture. Turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, cut 8-inch round of cooking parchment paper. Place in bottom of air fryer basket. Spray with cooking spray.
  • 4
    In shallow bowl, mix flour with remaining 1 tablespoon seasoning mix. Remove 4 pieces chicken from marinade, keeping remaining chicken refrigerated, and dredge the 4 pieces in flour mixture.
  • 5
    Place coated chicken on parchment in air fryer basket. Spray top of chicken with cooking spray.
  • 6
    Set to 325°F; cook 10 minutes. Turn chicken; spray tops with more cooking spray, and cook 8 to 12 minutes longer or until chicken is cooked through (at least 165°F). Keep warm. Repeat with remaining chicken, and discard any remaining marinade and flour mixture.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    With 7g fat per serving, this Air Fryer Southern-Fried Chicken recipe has 65% less fat than the deep fried version. Deep Fried Southern Chicken has 21g fat per serving.
  • tip 2
    If you like your fried chicken with a little heat, try adding some cayenne to the seasoning mix.
  • tip 3
    Our recipes do not call for preheating your air fryer. Just set the temperature and start. Never preheat with parchment paper alone.
  • tip 4
    Cutting the chicken breasts in half helps them cook more quickly and evenly.
  • tip 5
    Look for sweet Hungarian paprika for the best flavor.
  • tip 6
    Air fryer temperature control settings vary according to brand and model. If your air fryer does not have the exact temperature setting called for in the recipe, consult your manual for suggested temperature settings.

Nutrition

280 Calories, 7g Total Fat, 41g Protein, 14g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Pieces
Calories
280
Calories from Fat
60
Total Fat
7g
10%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
110mg
36%
Sodium
720mg
30%
Potassium
430mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
14g
5%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
2g
Protein
41g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 5 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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