Enjoy this low carb twist on the classic southern staple with ease using an air fryer. This Air Fryer Fried Chicken is a keto recipe that the whole family will love!
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In case you aren't familiar with air fryers, they are small countertop appliances that cook food by circulating hot air. Essentially they are like turbocharged convection ovens.
They get food really crisp on the outside and nice and juicy on the inside similar to a traditional deep fryer. Unlike a deep fryer, they use little to no oil and they are super easy to clean.
I recently upgraded to a new and much larger air fryer, so I figured that some new air fryer recipes were in order! And as far as I am concerned, you can't talk about fried food without talking about the OG - Fried Chicken!
Unfortunately, the air fryer that I have has been out of stock for a while now. THIS is the model I have and absolutely LOVE. I wasn't able to find it on amazon, but I did link to a similar air fryer below 🙂
Ingredients and substitutions
For this recipe, I recommend using skin-on chicken pieces. You can use skinless, but it isn't going to have quite as much flavor. You can use any combination of chicken pieces that you like. I generally just do thighs and legs, since that's what we like, but breasts and wings will work just as well.
The only really necessary ingredient in the breading is almond flour. It gets super crisp and is a great carrier for the other seasonings. Unfortunately, I have never been able to get similar results with any other breading.
Feel free to play around with the seasoning to suit your taste. You can even add a little Parmesan cheese to give the chicken an entirely different flavor.
Cooking Method and Tips
Making this fried chicken seriously couldn't be any easier. All the spice and the almond flour go into a gallon zip-top bag, along with the chicken. You give it all a shake, then transfer the chicken to the air fryer and let it do the rest of the work!
Each and every air fryer will vary a little bit, so be sure to check your chicken for doneness with a meat thermometer. Chicken should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F (75 degrees C).
Also, if you don't have an air fryer, you can make this in the oven. Just double the cooking time from the recipe and if possible, bake the chicken on
Looking for more low carb air fryer recipes? Check these out:
- Air Fryer Pork Chops | Keto, Gluten-Free
- Keto Chicken Strips
- Air Fryer Crab Cakes | Low carb
- Low Carb Coconut Shrimp with Pina Colada Dipping Sauce
- Air Fryer Bacon and Brown Sugar Little Smokies
- Salmon Patties
Air Fryer Keto Fried Chicken | Paleo, Gluten Free
- Air Fryer
- Combine everything except the chicken and oil spray in a large zip-top bag. Add 4 chicken pieces to the bag with the spices and seal the top.
- Shake the bag to coat the chicken, then transfer it to the air fryer. Arrange chicken in a single layer and spritz it with the avocado oil. (the oil helps the almond flour get brown, but isn't required)
- Repeat with the remaining chicken.
- Cook at 370 degrees for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), flipping the chicken halfway through the cooking time.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Be sure to read the entire post for tips, tricks, and help troubleshooting.
The nutrition information listed here is only an estimate and is simply provided as a courtesy. It nor any other information within this post should constitute medical or nutritional advice. Be sure to read all packaging and ingredient labels for potential allergens. Optional ingredients are not included unless otherwise specified.