Saturday, 2 August 2014

Air-Fried Buttermilk Chicken

My taste buds are fond of fried foods.  The pleasure of eating deep-fried food is irresistible to me. I like the tender interior and crisp exterior, which remains crisp even as the food soaks up the tangy sauce. However, for my family's health, I seldom deep fry food at home. I usually replace deep frying with baking, e.g, baked potato sticks, chicken wings and pork ribs.  Baked food tastes good, but sometimes, deep-fried food still tastes better.

To satisfy our craving for deep-fried food,  we bought a Philips Airfryer recently. Now I can air fry! We have air-fried some "forbidden" snacks at home, and this buttermilk fried chicken is one of the top recipes we have tried so far.


Buttermilk marinade makes the chicken stay juicy and tender. I marinated the chicken thighs overnight, and coated with flavorful breading. Placed in the fryer basket, 8 minutes skin side up, and 10 minutes on second side. The chicken turned out great.  Outside is crispy and golden,  inside is tender and juicy. My children told me that this air-fried chicken taste better than what they had in most restaurants!

AIR-FRIED BUTTERMILK CHICKEN

Ingredients

800g store-bought chicken thighs (skin on, bone in)

Marinade
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper ( I used paprika powder) 
Seasoned Flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. Rinse chicken thighs to remove any obvious fat and residue,  and pat dry with paper towels. 
  2. Toss together chicken pieces, black pepper, paprika and salt in a large bowl to coat. Pour buttermilk over until chicken is coated. Refrigerated for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat airfryer at 180°C
  4. In separate bowl,combine flour, baking powder, paprika and salt and pepper. Remove the chicken 1 piece at a time from the buttermilk and dredge in seasoned flour. Shake off any excess flour and transfer to a plate.
  5. Arrange chicken one layer on the fryer basket, skin side up*,  and slide the basket into the airfryer. Set timer and air fry for 8 minutes. Pull out the tray, turn chicken pieces over, and set timer for another 10 minutes.
  6. Allow to drain on paper towels and serve.

Note:
Place the chicken pieces with skin side up first is to prevent the skin from sticking to the basket when flip over the chicken.

Recipe adapted here.

24 comments:

  1. Wow !! What a beautiful Airfryer Buttermilk Chicken. Most knowledgeable chefs, who are used to the old way of food preparation, will recognize that they have some problems about food preparation with hot oil. Peanut oil, and any other kind of oil that is put into a pot, is going to be extremely combustible if it gets over a certain heat range.

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  2. hi , im interested to get one air fryer , was wondering how does it works on fried chicken .. i have a question , if i marinate my chicken , and the cover with flour and beaten egg , will the air fryer work fine in this way of preparation too ?

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    1. Hi Patricia,

      Airfryer cannot fry food with wet batter. So, you have to use "dry-wet-dry" method. Coat chicken with flour and seasoning, dip into beaten eggs, then coat with flour or breadcrumbs. In this post, I did not use eggs, simply seasoned flour.

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    2. hi , thanks for your reply !! helps a lot !! :)

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  3. Loving all the flavours and spices going on in this dish marinade definitely looks delicious and something I would LOVE to eat.

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  4. Rapid Air Technology. 1. Healthy Cook with little to no oil... Tasty meals with up to 80% less fat compared to fresh fries prepared in a conventional Philips fryer! here

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  5. you don;t need to spray with cooking oil to crisp??

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    1. The chicken generates a lot of oil, no need to spray extra oil.

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  6. I preheat air fryer to 180 and cook it at this same temperature? Just want to be sure-last recipe I tried did not cook hot enough so to get it cooked it had to cook longer and I ended up with fish leather. :) Thank you!

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  7. I was excited to get my Phillips Air Fryer today. I tried Pigs in a Blanket tonight. My problem is they stuck to the bottom of the backet. I preheated as instructed. What did I do wrong. Piggies fell apart when I tried to remove them, lol

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  8. Do you like to cook nutritious, healthy and delicious food? If you answered yes to this question then fair play to you as many people these days do not put enough emphasis on the quality of the food they are eating. What some people don't realize is that they are teaching themselves and their children bad living standards. click here

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  9. My fried chicken stuck to the basket and it ended up being leather, batterless chicken. It says to cook poultry at 360 degrees, which I guess is the same as your 180C. Took me forever to clean the basket.

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  10. How preheating air fryer helps the recipe? Air fried butter milk chicken is one of the unique recipes i am watching on web. Your chicken looks so crisp and tasty to eat. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Air fryer works just like an oven, it requires pre-heating to reach the desired temperature so that the food can start cooking immediately.

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  11. I cooked mine for 15 mins on one side & 20 on the other, they were big thighs & at 390. We liked it, thanks for the recipie

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  12. You mention baking powder in the ingredients section but, you do not use it in your directions. I assume it goes in the flour mixture.

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    1. You are right. Content updated, thank you!

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    2. Simply set the pan in hot soapy water while you eat, cleaning is then a breeze, I've had no trouble using this method !!

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  13. Is cleaning an issue for airfryer

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    1. Nowadays, I always use the grill pan instead of the basket. The fryer basket is really not easy to clean.

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  14. Yumm.... Looks delicious! I will try this recipe with my philips air fryer.

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