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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

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This air fryer fried chicken will quickly become your family favorite! It is really easy to make, budget-friendly, and kids love it! Serve with a garden salad or some veggies of your choice for a complete healthy meal!

Air frying is now the best way to fry chicken! Much healthier than traditional deep frying cooks in less time, and STILL comes out crispy!

One of my favorite things about using the air fryer is that there’s not that lingering soul food kitchen smell like there is when you deep fry! Also, it’s great to use in the summertime when its already hotter than you know what, so you don’t have to worry about heating the house up!

If you are on the verge of buying an air fryer I really like this one! It works for large or small families and doesn’t steal all of your counter space.

Some other things that I use often when I air fry are:

Oil spritzer-you will need to lightly cover your food, so I really like this one!

Parchment paper liners– This makes for super easy cleanup, which I am all about!

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

This air fryer fried chicken will quickly become your family favorite! It is really easy to make, budget-friendly, and kids love it! Serve with a garden salad or some veggies of your choice for a complete healthy meal! #airfryerrecipes #airfryerchicken #weightwatchers #friedchicken #chicken

Air fryer fried chicken is 4 Smartpoints per chicken thigh if you are following Weight Watchers and this recipe serves 4.

air fryer fried chicken with salad

Ingredients for Air Fryer Fried Chicken

4 Chicken Thighs

3 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp seasoning salt

¼ tsp thyme

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp onion powder

Salt and pepper to taste

closeup of air fryer fried chicken with fork

How to make Air Fryer Fried Chicken

  1. Preheat air fryer to 350
  2. Wash chicken and pat dry.
  3. Combine all ingredients (excluding the chicken) into a small bowl, mix well
  4. Brush each chicken thigh with oil mixture.
  5. Place chicken in the air fryer. Try not to overlap
  6. Cook for 10 minutes at 350
  7. Then flip and cook for another 10 or until crisp/internal temperature reaches 165.

Serves 4; 4SP per serving 

Tips for Making Air Fryer Fried Chicken

  • Remember all air fryers are different, so if your chicken needs to be a little crispier just let it cook longer, and make sure you are using enough oil.
  • Get these basting brushes to brush the chicken!
  • If you would rather not have breaded chicken, here’s a recipe for just seasoned air fryer chicken.
  • Feel free to switch up the breading, you can always use Shake and Bake, just flour, or whatever your favorite is
  • Always preheat your air fryer
  • When making air fryer chicken, be sure the internal temperature reaches 165 ( I love this thermometer!)
  • Feel free to use chicken breast. “Fried” chicken is best when using chicken with skin, but if you want to lower the points you can use tenders or boneless skinless.
  • Being a “fried” food air fryer fried chicken is best served immediately after cooking.

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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Serves 4; 4 Smartpoints per serving

  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat air fryer to 350

Wash chicken and pat dry.

Combine all ingredients into a small bowl (excluding chicken), mix well

Brush each chicken thigh with oil mixture.

Place chicken in the air fryer. Try not to overlap

Cook for 10 minutes at 350

Then flip and cook for another 10 or until crisp/internal temperature reaches 165.

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