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Air Fryer Fried Chicken thigh on white plate.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

This Air Fryer Fried Chicken is juicy inside and crispy on the outside. You will love the crunchy coating with Parmesan cheese. It's a delicious fried chicken dinner made healthier!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer fried chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
chilling time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 370 kcal
Author Anna


  • 4 chicken thighs skin-on, bone-in (see note)
  • 1 cup buttermilk see note
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Trim chicken of any excess fat. Place in a large bowl. Add buttermilk and make sure all pieces are coated. Cover bowl with saran wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes (up to 8 hours).
  2. In a bowl combine the breading ingredients: flour, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and seasoning.
  3. Lightly spray your air fryer basket with cooking spray. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F, for 3 minutes.
  4. Shake off excess of buttermilk of each chicken pieces and dip in breading mixture. Make sure it is well coated.
  5. Place chicken thighs in air fryer, do not stack. Close air fryer, set timer to 25 minutes.
  6. Check the internal temperature of each chicken piece (it should be at least 180 degrees F). Cook for a few more minutes if needed.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs, however, they will cook faster. Check their internal temperature after 20 minutes.
  2. To make homemade buttermilk: combine 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and enough half and half to make 1 cup of liquid. Let sit for a few minutes.
  3. You can easily double the recipe to make more servings, however, you will have to cook the chicken in batches.
  4. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 586mg25%
Potassium 325mg9%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Calcium 164mg16%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.