Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Source: The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Renee Comet.
Summary

Is it possible to make fried chicken diabetes-friendly? Absolutely! Especially if you have an air fryer. This small appliance "fries" food with hot circulating air, so you can create the crispy, crunchy exterior or frying with a fraction of the fat and calories from traditional deep frying. This recipe creates juicy, flavorful fried chicken by marinating the chicken in buttermilk, then coating it in a cornflake crust. Then the air fryer works its magic and delivers this fried chicken that's crispy, tender, and loaded with flavor! Top this chicken with a reduced-fat Creamy Gravy and pair with a side of Southern Collard Greens for the ultimate southern comfort meal!

Looking for more air fryer recipes? Check out this article, or find this recipe and more in our cookbook, The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook. To purchase directly from the American Diabetes Association, click here.

  • Prep time
    25 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 (4 oz) piece of chicken
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 (4 oz) piece of chicken
  • Amount per serving Calories 160

  • Total Fat 3.5g
    • Saturated Fat 1g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 65mg
  • Sodium 190mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 7g
    • Dietary Fiber 1g
    • Total Sugars 0g
  • Protein 24g
  • Potassium 230mg
  • Phosphorus 190mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 3 Lean protein

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • low-fat buttermilk
    1/3 cup
  • hot sauce
    1/4 tsp
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut in half lengthwise to make 4 equal portions)
    1 lbs
  • corn flakes
    6 tbsp
  • stone-ground cornmeal
    3 tbsp
  • garlic powder
    1 tsp
  • paprika
    1 tsp
  • salt
    1/4 tsp
  • coarse-ground black pepper
    1/4 tsp
  • nonstick cooking spray
    1
Directions

Directions

  1. In a small, deep bowl, stir together the buttermilk and hot sauce. Place the chicken in the buttermilk mixture. Allow to stand 15 minutes.

  2. Place the cornflakes into the work bowl of a food processor. Process until coarse crumbs form. Add the cornmeal, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper and pulse until evenly mixed. Pour the crumbs into a shallow bowl. (if you don't have a food processor, you can crush the cornflakes in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.)

  3. Drain the chicken, allowing the excess buttermilk to drip back into bowl. Coat the chicken pieces evenly in the cornflake mixture. Place the coated chicken pieces on a wire rack.

  4. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket. Spray with nonstick cooking spray for 2 seconds (do not crowd the chicken; cook in batches if all the chicken doesn't fit). Set the temperature to 375°F and air fry for 7 minutes. Turn the chicken pieces. Air fry for an additional 7–10 minutes or until the chicken is done and a meat thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F.

Reviews
  • Recommended

    Tastes great. I didn't have corn meal on hand so substituded Frito corn scoops instead. The entire family loved it!

  • Recommended

    Haven't tried it yet. What temperature and for how long in a regular and/or convection oven?