Air fried chicken recipe

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Crisp golden coated chicken breasts cooked in an air fryer to perfection...

Air fried chicken in an air fryer picked up with tongs
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Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories374 Kcal19%
Salt2 gRow 1 - Cell 2
Sugars4.8 g5%
Saturated Fat1.1 g6%
Protein46.4 g93%
Fat3.8 g5%
Carbohydrates37.4 g14%
Salt2 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Air fried chicken cooked in under 20 minutes in the air fryer - the perfect midweek option served with homemade chips and greens.

Tender chicken breasts coated in a golden crumb infused with mustard, garlic, and crunchy cornflakes. The paprika and cayenne pepper give this air fried chicken a delicious spice. This recipe serves two people but can easily be doubled to cater to a family of four.


  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 2 (12oz) bone-in split chicken breasts, trimmed 
  • Salt and pepper
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2oz cornflakes, finely crushed
  • 1½ tsp poultry seasoning
  • ½ tsp paprika 
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper




  1. Lightly spray the base of the air-fryer basket with oil spray. Remove skin from chicken and trim any excess fat. Halve each breast crosswise, pat dry with paper towels, and ­season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Whisk buttermilk, mustard, garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper together in a medium bowl. Spread flour in a shallow dish. Combine cornflakes, poultry seasoning, paprika, ¼ ­teaspoon salt, and cayenne in a second shallow dish. 
  3. Working with 1 piece of chicken at a time, dredge in flour, dip in buttermilk mixture, letting excess drip off, then coat with cornflake mixture, pressing ­gently to adhere; transfer to a large plate. Lightly spray chicken with oil spray. 
  4. Arrange chicken pieces in a prepared basket, spaced evenly apart. Place the basket in the air fryer and set the temperature to 400 degrees. Cook until chicken is crisp and registers 160 degrees, 16 to 24 minutes, flipping and rotating pieces halfway through cooking. Serve. 
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Top tips for making air fried chicken

America's Test Kitchen says; "Our air-fried chicken comes out golden and crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside, and needs only a light spray of vegetable oil to become crisp. The secret was removing the fatty skin and finding a coating that would become crunchy without needing to be fried in a pan of hot oil. In a side-by-side taste test, crushed cornflakes won out over bread crumbs and Melba toast, offering the best color and crispness, but the results tasted a bit like breakfast cereal. 

Spicing up the cornflakes with poultry seasoning, paprika, and cayenne pepper gave the coating the savory element it needed. Dredging the floured chicken pieces in buttermilk added tang and ensured the crumbs stuck to the chicken. 

To crush the cornflakes, place them inside a zipper-lock bag and use a rolling pin or the bottom of a large skillet to break them into fine crumbs. 

To help remove the skin from the chicken, use a paper towel to grasp the skin. If you prefer, you can use a combination of two 5-ounce thighs and two 5-ounce drumsticks instead of the chicken breasts; if using drumsticks and thighs, be sure to cook them until they register 175C, 20 to 25 mins."

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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies