Air-Fryer "Fried" Chicken


In this healthy air-fried chicken recipe, we dredge the chicken twice in the flour mixture, resulting in a deliciously crisp exterior. Buffalo-style hot sauce adds subtle heat to these juicy drumsticks. Serve alongside mashed potatoes and green beans.

a recipe photo of the Air Fryer Fried Chicken
Photo: Photographer: Greg Dupree, Food Stylist: Ana Kelley, Prop Stylist: Christina Brockman
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 6 medium chicken drumsticks, skin-on

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 2 cups whole buttermilk

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 teaspoons Buffalo-style hot sauce

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons salt-free Creole seasoning

  • Olive oil cooking spray


  1. Place chicken on a cutting board and pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken all over with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

  2. Whisk buttermilk, eggs and hot sauce in a medium bowl until well combined. Combine flour, Creole seasoning and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a separate medium bowl.

  3. Preheat air fryer to 365°F for 2 minutes. Lightly coat the air-fryer basket with cooking spray.

  4. Fit a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Dredge 1 drumstick in the flour mixture, then dip in the buttermilk mixture, allowing excess to drip off; dredge again in the flour mixture until well coated. Place the drumstick on the prepared rack. Repeat the procedure with the remaining drumsticks.

  5. Working in batches, place the drumsticks in the prepared basket, making sure they are evenly spread apart. Cook for 10 minutes. Coat each drumstick with cooking spray, making sure to cover any visible flour. Gently flip the drumsticks; cook until golden brown and crispy, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter; serve immediately.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
7g Fat
33g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 drumstick
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 171mg 57%
Vitamin A 155IU 3%
Vitamin D 25IU 6%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 135mcg 34%
Vitamin K 4mcg 3%
Sodium 537mg 23%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 39mg 9%
Potassium 370mg 8%
Zinc 2mg 18%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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