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Air Fryer Fried Chicken – Crispy Breaded Chicken in Air Fryer Recipe

Love crispy breaded chicken? This Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe makes them perfect all the time!

We make fried chicken in air fryer because it’s such a quick and easy recipe, and it’s much healthier than frying!

If fried chicken is one of your favourite comfort foods, try this at home!

P.S. If you have the Ninja Speedi, we have a specific recipe for Ninja Speedi Breaded Chicken.

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Why Air Fryer Fried Chicken?

Also known as Southern fried chicken, Fried Chicken is definitely one of the best comfort foods that originated in the US.

These are delicious chicken pieces that have been coated with seasoned flour or batter and pan-fried or deep fried.

The breading helps keep the juices inside while giving that crisp we all want.

When it comes to fried food, I have a weakness for fried chicken.

Nowadays, it’s common to have fried chicken be pressure fried or air fried.

Now that I can make fried chicken in an air fryer, it is definitely dangerous because I know I’ll be making a lot.

I hope you enjoy this air fryer fried chicken recipe!

Air Fryer Fried Chicken with Rice and Microgreens

Is Air Fryer Fried Chicken Healthier?

Air fryer breaded chicken is definitely healthier than deep fried chicken because there is very little oil used, removing the extra fat and calories.

When it comes to the chicken, using white meat like chicken breast is healthier than dark meat like chicken drumsticks or thighs.

Seasoned Chicken Breast with Panko Bread Crumbs

What You Need For Air Fryer Fried Chicken


Inside the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Air Fryer Convection Oven with trays
Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven


  • Chicken (boneless, skinless) – I used chicken thighs because I prefer dark meat, but you can definitely use chicken breasts too.

    I’ve tested this recipe on both. Boneless, skinless cooks the chicken evenly and faster.
  • Mayonnaise – I LOVE using mayonnaise for breaded/battered air fryer recipes like the Air Fryer Fried Fish.

    Why? It already has both oil and eggs which are usually important for fried foods.
  • Breading – I used panko bread crumbs, but you can use other breading like tempura, cereal, cracker, even go crazy like hot Cheetos crumbs.

    If you don’t have any breading, you can simply use flour for some delicious battered chicken in air fryer.
  • Garlic Salt – I usually prefer garlic salt over regular salt to have that garlicky taste from the garlic powder. Feel free to use regular salt or sea salt.
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika – Gives it an extra heat.
  • Thyme – Gives it a little sweet and minty taste.
  • Rosemary – Gives an earthy taste and fresh scent.
One piece of air fryer fried chicken

How To Cook Fried Chicken In Air Fryer

Fried chicken has never been easier with this air fryer recipe!

Pat the chicken dry. Combine the garlic salt, black pepper, paprika, thyme and rosemary.

Raw Chicken Breast, Mayonnaise, Panko Breadcrumbs, Spices

Season chicken with dry mixture.

Seasoned Raw Chicken Breasts

Coat the seasoned chicken with mayonnaise.

Dredge the chicken into the breading / panko bread crumbs, or flour if you prefer battered.

Panko Breaded Raw Chicken Breasts

Layer the breaded chicken on the air fryer basket.

Make sure you don’t overlap and overcrowd so the heat circulates on the chicken properly.

Run the breaded chicken in air fryer for 15 minutes at 375F (191C).

You don’t need to oil the basket nor the chicken because the mayonnaise has oil already.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Breasts

This has been tested with the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven TOA-60.

If you use a different Air Fryer, be sure to consult the manual on proper timing.

The most important part is it reaches an internal temperature of 165F so you know the chicken is fully cooked.

Enjoy them on its own as a snack or as a main dish or entree.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken with Pasta
With Chicken Breasts

I’ve also tried this with both chicken thighs and chicken breasts, and they come out delicious!

Air Fryer Breaded Chicken with Rice and Microgreens
With Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Tips & Tricks

Can I reheat fried chicken? How do you make fried chicken crispy in air fryer?

You definitely can!

Simply, layer the fried chicken on the basket and air fry for 4-5 minutes at 375F.

What can I use instead of mayonnaise?

If you don’t have or don’t want to use mayonnaise, you can replace mayonnaise with:

  • Oil only – coat the chicken with oil then dredge with the breading.
  • Egg and oil – beat the egg and dredge with the breading.

    Grease the air fryer basket with oil before air frying, or spray both sides of chicken with cooking oil.
Fried Chicken Ingredients

Can you make the air fryer breaded chicken be battered instead?

YES! The beauty of this air fryer fried fish recipe is how flexible it can be.

To make it battered, you can use simply use flour to replace the breading.

What if I want air fryer chicken without breading or batter?

Simply skip the flour or breading in the recipe. It’ll be like oven or stove-top fish in air fryer.

Try our Air Fryer Chicken Breast or Air Fryer BBQ Chicken which are not breaded and battered.

Raw Chicken Breasts with salt, pepper, paprika, thyme

Dishes To Serve With Air Fried Breaded Chicken

Or check out other Air Fryer Recipes or Ninja Speedi Recipes.

Fried Chicken in Air Fryer Recipe

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Breaded Chicken Breasts on Air Fryer Basket

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Crispy and delicious breaded chicken in Air Fryer! This air fryer fried chicken recipe is so easy to make in 20 minutes!



  1. Pat chicken dry.
  2. Season chicken with garlic salt, black pepper, paprika and rosemary.
  3. Coat the seasoned chicken with mayonnaise.
  4. Coat the chicken with panko bread crumbs.
  5. Place breaded chicken on air fryer basket.
  6. Cook "fried" chicken in air fryer for 15 minutes at 375F (191C).


  • You can also use boneless skinless Chicken Breasts if you prefer leaner white meat.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 2901mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g

Please note that nutrition information you see is provided and automatically calculated by Nutritionix. This may vary depending on the specific ingredients that you use. To ensure the most accurate information, I suggest entering your specific ingredients into a nutrition calculator.

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VIDEO: Air Fryer Fried Chicken

If you prefer watching, this Air Fryer Fried Chicken video by Cooking with Colt is very popular that you can check out, but it’s a different recipe.

Hope this Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe gives you an idea on what to make for lunch or dinner!

It’s such a great way to make perfectly crispy chicken all the time that’s healthier and without deep frying!

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