Rating: 4.33 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Take your fried chicken to a healthier level with this buttermilk air fried chicken. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs, so if you use bone-in the cook time will be different.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine buttermilk and hot sauce in a shallow dish; mix to combine.

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  • Combine tapioca flour, garlic salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a resealable plastic bag and shake to combine.

  • Beat egg in a shallow bowl.

  • Mix flour, salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a gallon-sized resealable bag and shake to combine.

  • Dip chicken thighs into the prepared ingredients in the following order: buttermilk mixture, tapioca mixture, egg, and flour mixture, shaking off excess after each dipping.

  • Preheat an air fryer to 380 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper.

  • Place coated chicken thighs in batches into the air fryer basket and fry for 10 minutes. Turn chicken thighs and fry until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, an additional 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

335 calories; protein 24.3g; carbohydrates 27.4g; fat 13.6g; cholesterol 113.8mg; sodium 1549.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2019
I did not have tapioca flour so I just used flour. Good flavor, but am wondering if the number of steps could be shortened with similar results. Used an air fryer oven and the listed cook time was accurate. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/29/2019
It was VERY bland!! Had to cover it in Frank's sauce!! Maybe good for salads!! Won't make AGAIN!!:( Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2019
I did not have tapioca flour so I just used flour. Good flavor, but am wondering if the number of steps could be shortened with similar results. Used an air fryer oven and the listed cook time was accurate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2019
This is the best air fried chicken I have had so far. My boys loved it too. I made chicken breasts instead of thighs and they came out juicy and delicious. I will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2019
I’m the author of this recipe, and would suggest the reviewer who said it was bland, likely has outdated spices (or didn’t make it). Please try making it with new spices. I’m sure you’ll have better success. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2019
Was good. Crispy. Flavors were good but NOT jaw dropping good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2020
Very good! I recommend it. I also did not have tapioca flour so I used tiger nut flour . The flavor was great. The chicken was very moist We will definitely make this again Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/30/2020
The chicken was juicy, but I thought it could have used a bit of a kick. I saw another recipe where they used more of the hot sauce and marinated in the buttermilk and hot sauce first. I am going to try that. When I turned the chicken at the half-way point, I had to spray a bit of olive oil to a few areas where the flour was still visible. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2021
We doubled this recipe to enjoy leftovers. We're really happy we did! We allowed the chicken to marinade in the buttermilk-hot sauce for 8 hours before dipping and used cornstarch instead of tapioca flour. Seasonings were fine but some people would likely want more salt. I used parchment paper with a bit if oil to line the baskets and sprayed the dipped pcs with oil just before cooking. The Air Fryer is a perfect way to cook these. My new oven has an Air Fryer feature so we did some in the Air Fryer and most in the oven using the Air Fry mode. The OVEN needed a temp of about 425°f to get the same level of cooking as the air fryer did in the same time. With these changes, the results were great and definitely worth adding to our menu rotation. Tonight I'm going to reheat using the air fryer to crisp up the last of the leftovers. I'm expecting another great meal. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/29/2019
It was VERY bland!! Had to cover it in Frank's sauce!! Maybe good for salads!! Won't make AGAIN!!:( Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2021
This was the first recipe I tried with my new air fryer and it is definitely a KEEPER! Full flavor and juicy pieces of chicken. I can tell you I won’t have any cravings for KFC or Popeyes in the near future and to think we are eating healthier and saving ?? Read More