Spicy Buttermilk Chicken with Broccoli-Raisin Slaw

Crispy, juicy and slightly spicy, these flavorful air-fryer chicken thighs have it all. A crunchy broccoli-raisin slaw makes for an easy side to pair with the chicken. If you like, serve the chicken with hot honey for a little sweet heat.

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Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins


  • ¾ cup low-fat buttermilk

  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided

  • ½ teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (1 1/2 pounds)

  • ½ cup white whole-wheat flour

  • Cooking spray

  • ½ cup low-fat plain strained yogurt, such as Greek-style

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 (12 ounce) package broccoli slaw

  • ½ cup golden raisins


  1. Whisk buttermilk, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken; press to submerge. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.

  2. Combine flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cayenne in a shallow dish. Lightly coat the basket of a 6- to 9-quart air fryer with cooking spray.

  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing excess to drip off (discard marinade). Dredge in the flour mixture; coat generously with cooking spray. Arrange in the prepared basket. Cook at 350°F, flipping and coating with additional cooking spray once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part without touching bone registers 175°F, about 30 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, whisk yogurt, vinegar, orange juice, honey and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add broccoli slaw and raisins. Toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  5. Serve the chicken with the slaw.

To make ahead

Marinate chicken (Step 1) for up to 6 hours.


6- to 9-quart air fryer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
8g Fat
37g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 19g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Vitamin A 1890IU 38%
Vitamin C 77mg 86%
Vitamin D 6IU 2%
Folate 11mcg 3%
Vitamin K 4mcg 3%
Sodium 151mg 7%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 31mg 7%
Potassium 478mg 10%
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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