Crispy Air Fryer Golden Chicken Delight Recipe

Experience the perfect blend of crispiness and flavor with this easy and delicious air fryer chicken recipe. Perfectly golden and juicy, this chicken dish is sure to become a family favorite.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cooking spray


  1. Prepare the Chicken:
  • Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper.
  • Pound them to an even thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin.
  • Cut each breast into two or three pieces, depending on size.
  1. Marinate:
  • In a large bowl, pour the buttermilk over the chicken pieces.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight for best results.
  1. Prepare Breading Station:
  • In one shallow bowl, mix the flour with garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  • In a second shallow bowl, beat the eggs.
  • In a third shallow bowl, place the panko breadcrumbs.
  1. Bread the Chicken:
  • Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, letting the excess drip off.
  • Dredge each piece in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
  • Dip the floured chicken into the beaten eggs, coating completely.
  • Finally, coat the chicken with panko breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere.
  1. Preheat the Air Fryer:
  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes.
  1. Cook the Chicken:
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • Place the chicken pieces in the basket in a single layer, making sure they do not touch.
  • Lightly spray the tops of the chicken pieces with cooking spray to ensure even crisping.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then flip the chicken pieces and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through (internal temperature should reach 165°F or 74°C).
  1. Serve:
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauces or sides. Enjoy!


  • For an extra layer of flavor, you can add some grated Parmesan cheese to the panko breadcrumbs.
  • Ensure the chicken pieces are not overcrowded in the air fryer to allow proper air circulation for even cooking.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the flour mixture.

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