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Air-Fryer Southern-Style Chicken

I call this America’s best-loved air fryer chicken. The secret is in the breading, which makes the chicken super moist and flavorful, herby and golden brown. —Elaina Morgan, Rickman, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep:15 min. Cook: 20 min./batch
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cups crushed Ritz crackers (about 50)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat air fryer to 375°. In a shallow bowl, mix the first 7 ingredients. Place egg in a separate shallow bowl. Dip chicken in egg, then in cracker mixture, patting to help coating adhere. In batches, place chicken in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket, spritz with cooking spray.
  • Cook 10 minutes. Turn chicken and spritz with cooking spray; cook until chicken is golden brown and juices run clear, 10-20 minutes longer.

Air-Fryer Southern-Style Chicken Tips

How long should you cook chicken in an air fryer?

How long you should cook chicken in an air fryer really depends on your brand of air fryer and the recipe itself. In our testing, we have found cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we have given wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed. Most chicken will take about 20-25 min or until it reaches 165F.

Is air fried chicken healthy?

Air-fried chicken isn’t necessarily “healthy,” but it cuts down on calories from fat that would otherwise be used to deep-fry foods, like classic fried chicken. So, with the way air fryers work, the recipes made in them are slimmed down compared to conventionally fried ones, and that’s what a lot of us are looking for these days: to save calories while eating food that tastes great.

Can you air fry frozen chicken?

Putting frozen chicken in the air fryer is safe and doable. Once your chicken is prepped, preheat the air fryer to 360F. Cook for 20-25 min or until the internal temperature reaches 165F. Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
5 ounces cooked chicken: 410 calories, 23g fat (6g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 36g protein.


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  • vsaprodsep23
    Sep 23, 2020

    Good Tasty Recipe

  • Andrea
    Jun 18, 2020

    Very, very good. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your liking here - I plan to use more garlic and paprika next time. I had to fry in batches, but I kept the cooked chicken covered in foil and it stayed plenty hot. I took one star off because the cooking times are way off. I’m glad I read the comment that said to cool for 15 minutes total, as that worked out perfectly for me. Use two eggs!

  • twinknitter
    Aug 17, 2019

    This is the easiest chicken recipe! I crushed the crackers in a sandwich bag for even less cleanup. I used 3 chicken breasts and one sleeve of crackers. I still had lots of crumbs left over so will probably use half that much next time. I cooked mine at 360 degrees for 10 minutes then turned and cooked an additional 5 minutes. The chicken was perfect and so moist!

  • Holly
    May 20, 2019

    It doesn't get easier than this! Chicken came out crispy outside - moist inside - delic throughout! Note: I minced my fresh parsley with the crackers and spices in the food processor and used two eggs just to be sure it was evenly coated.

  • olliesmom
    Apr 7, 2019

    Crispy, tasty, juicy fried chicken without all the mess and grease. Absolutely delicious and soooo very easy!

  • james
    Feb 8, 2019

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