Homemade fried chicken that’s crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and — sit down for this — not deep fried? It’s true! Try this air-fried chicken recipe, inspired byThe Kitchen Magpie, you might never deep-fry your chicken again.
The Air Fryer is a revolutionary, and currently, an uber-trendy kitchen appliance that circulates hot air around minimally-oiled food to dry out and brown the food’s exterior so that it looks, feels, and tastes like it’s been deep fried. It’s a delicious, nutritious way to cut fat and calories from your favorite fried foods while still getting your fried food fix. Healthier fried chicken? Yes, please!
Though learning how to use an air dryer takes a while (make sure you read the instruction manual thoroughly), the actual hands-on time for air fryer fried chicken is only minutes. Once you put the chicken in the “fryer,” you can walk away and let the fryer do the work for you. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll be putting fir fryer fried chicken on the table. Your family probably won’t even know the difference between this and the greasy stuff.
The key is thoroughly battering your chicken pieces and completely misting them with oil. No need to over-oil, though; the chicken just needs a uniform coating of fat. Canola, coconut and peanut oil all work well.
Three simple ingredients give the chicken its magnificent flavor: flour, Old Bay Seasoning and seasoning salt. You’ll coat your poultry pieces in the flour mixture before dipping them into the beaten egg. Next, dredge the chicken through the flour mixture once more. This double-dredging gives your air-fried chicken pieces a crispy coating.
Check out the recipe below for the specifics, and get an idea of how it all works in the video above or these step-by-step photos!