These Are The Fried Chicken Recipes You Need To Try In Your Air Fryer

These are perfect for your air fryer!

Fried chicken will always be an easy favorite. The crunchy skin, succulent chicken, and overall delicious meal will please anyone who takes a bite. If you have an air fryer, however, not all fried chicken recipes will work in it. 

What you need to do to perfectly air fry chicken is to dry coat it. All this means is that the recipe you use should not be a battered fried chicken recipe. That’s because the batter will not brown very well in an air fryer nor will it stay on the chicken. In fact, it might drip off as it cooks since there’s only air, no oil, to keep it from falling off the chicken. 

You might think a thicker batter would solve that but you’re just insulating the chicken from being cooked through. You’ll instead end up with chicken that is not cooked through underneath the thick coating you put on it.   

What recipe should you look for when you want air fryer fried chicken? Any chicken recipe that isn’t dunked in a batter would work better in an air fryer. That’s why the Pinoy-style fried chicken works so well in the air fryer! There’s no batter hindering the skin from getting crisp. Plus, if you really wanted to, you can coat it in a crispy coating but only after it’s been cooked through first. Only then can you dunk the cooked chicken in a thin coating of beaten eggs and then rolled in your choice of a crunchy breading. That’s because if you put breading on it before cooking it through, it might brown or even burn before the chicken is cooked through. We highly suggest crackers, potato chips, or even corn chips for extra crunch.   


Here’s how to fry crunchy fried chicken in an air fryer: 

  1. 1 Prepare chicken as directed before seasoning. 
  2. 2 Season chicken with salt and ground pepper. (Use a dry spice and/or herb rub as desired.) 
  3. 3 Place chicken in the air fryer and cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. 
  4. 4 Remove the chicken from the air fryer and let cool. (Alternatively, chill overnight.)    
  5. 5 Dunk cooked chicken in beaten eggs then roll in your breading. 
  6. 6 Place coated chicken in the air fryer and fry at 400 degrees F/200 degrees C for 15 minutes or until crisp and heated through again. 
  7. 7 Remove from the air fryer and serve while hot. 

Are you ready to try this trick out using a great fried chicken recipe? Here are our suggestions to try:  

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Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

Korean Fried Chicken works well in the air fryer because it’s double fried. You are basically double frying the chicken in the air fryer! To make this in the air fryer, simply fry your chicken wings as normal then before the last air fry, toss the wings in the coating so it can simmer in the glaze. You’ll get intense Korean flavors with every bite! 


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Garlic Fried Chicken Recipe 

Another fried chicken recipe that you can adapt for the air fryer is this garlic-infused chicken. To make this into an air fryer recipe, finely chop garlic and rub it on the chicken after seasoning. Then, toss in a few garlic cloves into the air fryer with the chicken and so the air can circulate its aroma through the chicken, too. Love garlic? Then this is what you can make to get it super infused. 

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Cereal-Crusted Fried Chicken Recipe 

To get a super crisp coating that doesn’t need to brown, you can turn to corn chips or even cereal to get that crunch! Use the air fryer to cook the chicken through before pressing the crushed cereal or corn chips. 

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Patis-Glazed Fried Chicken Recipe  

For those who love their chicken with a little sweetness, these glazed fried chicken recipes should do the trick. Just like the crusted chicken recipes, you need to cook the chicken through first. However, instead of coating it in a batter, leave it with just its skin on! The crisp skin of the Pinoy-style chicken is perfect for glazing!

Just make the glaze as stated and when the chicken is cooked through with its crisp skin, dunk, brush, or pour the glaze over the chicken. You can air fryer it a little longer to get it to stuck on. 

These tips should result in delicious fried chicken in an air fryer every time. Try these fried chicken recipes to get you started on satisfying any fried chicken craving you may have from now on.  


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Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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