An air fryer is the secret to this juicy but lower-fat fried chicken.
Yes, You Do Need An Air Fryer!
I hesitated buying an air fryer for a long time. It was an appliance I didn’t think I needed since I had a rather nice deep-fat flash fryer.
However, what I found was I was approaching the air fryer thinking that it would more or less duplicate what I already had. Since I don’t make fried food that often–and it’s not for health reasons it’s just that deep frying tends to make your house, well, smell!
What an air fryer actually is is a small, super-powerful convection oven. Once I learned the way it operated, I took the plunge and bought one. And you’d be amazed at all the things you can prepare in this. Generally speaking, if you can cook it in your oven, you can cook it in an air fryer. Just remember that space is pretty limited so you can’t do sheet cakes or turkeys or stuff such as that.
Now Let’s Talk About Chicken
Chicken is one of my favorite things to eat and it just so happens it’s one of my favorite things to make in the air fryer.
I find chicken does not dry out and it cooks in less time than a regular oven. I wanted to put some air fried chicken to the test mainly because I love the stuff and people said it was awesome made in this appliance.
The recipe is pretty basic. One thing I did do was soak the chicken in a buttermilk mixture for about an hour. This will make the chicken a lot more juicy. This air fried chicken also has the crispiest coating I’ve ever tasted. And remember, I’m comparing it to traditional deep fried.
Seasoned Flour And A Pump Spray Oil Bottle
If you have a great-tasting seasoned flour recipe, by all means use it here. I have a good one too but lots of folks on one of my Facebook groups love the flavor of Kentucky Kernel. I figured what the heck and that I could try it. One caveat is it’s a bit pricy for what it actually is but it does save time and it tastes great.
Of course you can cook this oil free, but you’ll get a much better result if you lightly spray with a bit of oil. This is the oil sprayer I use. Basically it’s easy to clean and it was highly rated. I have Mistos but I really don’t like them since they are hard to clean and remember any oil residue will get rancid…YUK. One or two quick sprays on both sides is all you’ll need.
- 1 whole chicken, cut up or equivalent parts
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 tbs hot sauce
- 1 cup Kentucky Kernel flour -OR- your own seasoned flour
- oil for spraying
- Mix buttermilk and hot sauce.
- Place chicken in a large bowl and pour the buttermilk mixture over it. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Put the seasoned flour either in a large bowl or plastic bag. Drain chicken and dredge in the flour.
- Place chicken in the air fryer basket; spray with oil and cook at 380 degrees F for 30 minutes, turning the chicken half way through the cook time and spraying the turned side with oil.
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