I love fried chicken. It is crispy, crunchy, spicy and so very delicious. But it is fried and must be had once in a while. I like it both at KFC and Burger King (the grilled variety as well) but I don't like to eat chicken skin and mostly discard it. That is where most of the crunch and flavour is.
Then I tried making Air fryer fried chicken at home. It was a revelation -- unbelievably juicy and crunchy. You would not be able to tell that it is not deep fried. And now I make this regularly at home. If you are a fan of fried chicken then you have to try my recipe of KFC style crispy chicken drumsticks made in Airfryer.
Here is the simple recipe. Do follow my tips and instructions to the T for the perfect crunch.
Crispy Air fryer Fried Chicken Recipe
- 1 lb. chicken drumsticks without skin or 500 gm.
For chicken marination
- 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste or minced ginger and garlic
- 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp. cayenne or tabasco sauce as per the heat you like
For flour mixture
- ½ cup wholewheat flour with salt and 1 tsp. pepper
- 2 eggs beaten
For outer coating
- ½ cup cornflakes
- ¾ cup breadcrumbs or powdered oats for gluten free
- 1 tsp. mixed herbs dried oregano and basil
- 1 tsp. cayenne as per taste
- To make the marinade, mix all the ingredients mentioned well. The marinade must be quite thick. Taste it to check for balance.
- Make some gashes in the deep parts of the drumsticks and massage them well all over with the marinade.
- Marinate them for 2-4 hours.
- Now take 3 shallow plates. Take seasoned flour in one shallow plate, beaten eggs in second plate.
- Take cornflakes in a ziplock bag and lightly crush with a rolling pin. I used Kellogg's plain cornflakes. Mix this with breadcrumbs. I make my own breadcrumbs by toasting 2 whole wheat bread slices and then making crumbs in a blender. Mix these two with mixed herbs (dried oregano and basil), cayenne and salt in third bowl
- Keep these ready.
For Air frying
- Preheat your Airfryer at 320 F or 160 C for 6 minutes. Brush the sides of the basket with oil.
- To coat drumsticks -- Use one hand as it tends to get dirty when dipping the chicken. Take the marinated chicken drumsticks and dunk them well in seasoned flour so that they are coated well. Now dust them lightly to remove excess flour.
- Next dip them in beaten egg mix. Your hands will get sticky now.
- Take them and rub them in cornflakes and breadcrumbs mix to get a nice thick coating. Keep them aside.
- Repeat this method till all drumsticks are ready coated.
- Put them in your airfryer basket and put it in the airfryer. My entire batch fitted at one go. Otherwise you can airfry in two batches.
- Airfry at 320 F or 160 C for 15 minutes. Open Airfryer half way at 8 minutes and turn the drumsticks once. Be careful while turning so as to not break the coating.
- After 10 minutes increase the temperature to 390 F or 200 C and airfry for 6 minutes more to get a nice golden brown colour.
- Your crispy Air fryer fried chicken is ready to serve. Serve with onion rings, mint chutney, dip or good old ketchup. Enjoy it hot.
Do try this recipe and share with me if you make it. If you like the recipe, I request you to give it a * star rating either on the recipe card or in the comments. Thanks.
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Mix all marinade ingredients and marinate chicken drumsticks for 2-4 hours.
Assemble 3 shallow bowls -- 1/2 cup powdered cornflakes, 3/4 cup breadcrumbs, mixed herbs, cayenne and salt in one bowl. 2 beaten eggs in second bowl and 1/2 cup wholewheat flour with salt and pepper in 3rd bowl.
For Air Frying
Preheat Air fryer at 160 C or 320 F for 6 minutes. Dunk marinated chicken drumsticks first in flour mix. Dust off excess flour. Then dip in egg and then in the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat for all and keep aside.
Chicken drumsticks prepared and ready to go into Airfryer. Brush air fryer basket with oil. Arrange the drumsticks and air fry at 160 C or 320 F for 15 minutes minutes. Turn them midway through the cook.
Now increase the temperature to 200 C or 390 F and cook further for 6 minutes for a golden crunch.
Take out and serve hot with dip or chutney.
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