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Air Fryer Traditional Southern Soul Food Buttermilk Fried Chicken is a quick and easy recipe with less than 5 ingredients for crispy, crunchy fried chicken wings. The chicken wings are brined with buttermilk, breaded, and seasoned to perfection. This dish has the amazing down home cooking flavor the whole family will love.
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Pair this with my Southern Style Soul Food Macaroni and Cheese!
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I love that the air fryer takes me back to my roots. I grew up eating fried food. A LOT of it. Back in the day eating fried food regularly was pretty customary, especially among people with my similar background.
Fried chicken, pork chops, catfish, you name it, we fried it all! My family has roots in the south. We specialize in amazing tasting food, but it’s not always healthy.
When I got older I learned more about the dangers of consuming certain foods, especially in excess. I gave up fried foods because it is typically drenched in vegetable oil.
The air fryer is here now. So now I can eat pretty much anything I want (exaggerating maybe a little). 🙂
I like to combine the seasoning with the flour. This way the breading is directly seasoned.
After coating the chicken with buttermilk, dredge each chicken wing in the seasoned flour mixture. You can also toss the wings in a Ziploc bag with the flour and shake.
Just be sure most of each wing is coated. If the entire wing isn’t coated you will see uneven parts in the breading when cooked.
Next, spray the chicken with cooking oil. Spray both sides. Spray at a distance to ensure the breading does not fly off.
VOILA! Crispy, crunchy southern fried chicken!
I set my air fryer to 400 degrees. I load the wings in the air fryer, careful not to overfill the basket. If you overfill the basket it will impact your ability to obtain crunchy chicken.
Instead of shaking, I open the air fryer and turn the wings over every 5 minutes. This helps keep the breading in tact.
You can also shake the basket. Do what works best for you.
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Air Fryer Traditional Southern Soul Food Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Air Fryer Traditional Southern Soul Food Buttermilk Fried Chicken is a quick and easy recipe for crispy, crunchy fried chicken wings. The chicken wings are brined with buttermilk, breaded, and seasoned to perfection. This dish has the amazing down home cooking flavor the whole family will love.
- 2 1/2-3 pounds whole chicken wings
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- McCormick's Grill Mates Montreal Chicken seasoning to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooking oil
Add the chicken wings to a large bowl. Drizzle with the buttermilk.
Combine the flour, chicken seasoning, salt and pepper in a bowl large enough to dredge the chicken. Stir and mix well.
Dredge the chicken in the flour and seasonings. Ensure both sides of the chicken are fully coated. Use a spoon to get areas of the chicken wing that were missed.
Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.
Add the chicken wings to the air fryer. It's ok to stack the chicken, but do not overcrowd the basket. Cook in batches if necessary
Cook for 20 minutes on 400 degrees. Stop and flip the chicken every 5 minutes, a total of 4 times.
Ensure the chicken is cooked on the inside. Test the inside of 1 wing if necessary. Add additional time if you prefer the chicken is crisper.
Remove from the air fryer. Cool before serving.