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Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

If you love tender chicken covered with a crispy coating, you will love our air fryer buttermilk fried chicken recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Global
Keyword: air fryer buttermilk chicken recipe, air fryer buttermilk fried chicken, buttermilk fried chicken in an air fryer, how to make buttermilk fried chicken in an air fryer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 484kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 36 oz bone-in chicken drumsticks
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour divided
  • 1 tsp paprika divided
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 tbsp tabasco
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp homemade buffalo sauce
  • 2 tsp traditional Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp parsley


  • Prep the coating batter: pour 3/4 cup milk and 1 tbsp lemon juice into a small bowl, use a wooden spoon to whisk the mixture until it thickens and becomes buttermilk. Add 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 2 tbsp cornstarch, 1 large egg yolk, and 1/2 tbsp tabasco, and whisk until well combined.
  • Rub 36 oz chicken drumsticks with 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1 tbsp buffalo sauce, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, and 1/4 tsp salt. Marinate for 5 minutes.
  • Dredge the chicken in the remaining all-purpose flour and then the coating batter. Shake off any excess before dredging them in the flour again. Ensure both sides of the chicken are fully coated and transfer them to a plate.
  • Place a parchment round in the bottom of the air fryer. Then set a single layer of chicken on it with space in between the pieces (about 2 servings for a batch). Spray about 1 tablespoon of olive oil on the chicken. Air fry at 360℉ for 20 minutes. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Make the sauce: Whisk together 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tbsp Kewpie mayonnaise, 1 tsp dill, and 2 tbsp Greek yogurt.
  • Transfer the chicken to the plate. Garnish with 2 tbsp parsley. Serve the chicken hot with sauce for dipping.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 716IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 4mg