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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Crispy, juicy, golden brown and delicious Air Fryer Fried Chicken. This is an easy, less messy version of the classic Southern comfort food.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Southern
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 339 kcal


Chicken Brine Ingredients:

  • 10 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 quarts cool water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons dried summer savory
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic

Chicken Breading Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon summer savory
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • cooking spray


  • Combine 1 quart water, 1/2 cup of kosher salt, brown sugar, 3 tablespoons summer savory and garlic powder together in a large pot. Heat over medium heat until salt and sugar dissolve.
  • Pour in remaining quart of cool water. Allow brine to come to room temperature.
  • Place chicken pieces in a gallon size bag. Pour brine over the chicken. Seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but not more than 4. You can also complete this step in a non-reactive bowl with a lid.
  • Rinse and pat dry the chicken
  • Combine breading ingredients together in a bowl, mix well. Dredge chicken in flour mixture to coat completely and shake off any excess.
  • Working in batches, place the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer. Spray with cooking spray. Cook at 390 degrees for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn chicken and spray any dry spots with more cooking spray.
  • Remove chicken from the air fryer and keep in a warm oven on top of a wire rack while you cook the remaining chicken. Serve hot.


I usually need to cook this chicken in two batches as I can fit 5 chicken drumsticks per batch.
Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.


Calories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 42.1gProtein: 27.8gFat: 5.8gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 11408mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 7.5g
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Keywords: air fryer, chicken fingers, fried chicken