Amazing Buttermilk Air-Fried Chicken


This buttermilk air-fried chicken recipe takes fried chicken to a healthier level. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs, so if you use bone-in, the cooking time will be different.

close up view of Buttermilk Air-Fried Chicken served with mashed potatoes and gravy on a white plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce

  • cup tapioca flour

  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs


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

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

  3. Beat egg in a shallow bowl.

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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 juices run clear, an additional 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

335 Calories
14g Fat
27g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 335
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 1550mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 320mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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