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buttermilk southern fried chicken on a white serving platter

Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken is a traditional, Southern soul food recipe. This dish is quick to whip up, with less than 5 ingredients. The results are crispy, crunchy fried wings. You can use fresh or frozen chicken, and details include how long to cook and air fryer temperature.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken wings, air fryer fried chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 594kcal



  • Pat the chicken wings dry and add them to a large bowl. Drizzle with the buttermilk. For best results, cover and store the chicken in the fridge for 30 minutes to 3 hours. This will tenderize the chicken. I typically marinate for an hour minimum, you can go up to overnight.
  • 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. Do not overcrowd the basket. Cook in batches if necessary. Spray the chicken with cooking oil.
  • Cook for 20 minutes on 400 degrees. Stop and flip the chicken every 5 minutes, a total of 4 times. 
  • Use a meat thermometer and ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Add additional time if you prefer the chicken is crisper.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer. Cool before serving.


  • You can use 1/4 cup of milk plus 1 tablespoon of either white vinegar or lemon juice. 
  • You can substitute the chicken seasoning for 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • If there are areas of the chicken that are still white from the flour, spritz it with oil.
  • If you have trouble with getting the chicken to crisp, spritz more oil.


Serving: 0.5pound | Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 39g