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How to Cook Fried Chicken in Ninja Air Fryer

Cooking fried chicken in a Ninja Air Fryer is a fantastic way to enjoy this classic dish with less oil and mess compared to traditional deep frying. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you cook delicious crispy fried chicken:


The following items are required to cook Fried Chicken in a Ninja Air Fryer and produce the desired flavour:

  1. Chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks, wings, etc.)
  2. Buttermilk (or regular milk)
  3. All-purpose flour
  4. Bread crumbs or panko (optional, for extra crispiness)
  5. Cooking oil spray
  6. Salt and pepper (to taste)
  7. Paprika, garlic powder, or other seasonings (optional, for added flavor)


Simply adhere to the detailed yet easy directions below to produce Fried Chicken in a Ninja Air Fryer:

Step 1: Marinate the Chicken (optional):

If you have time, you can marinate the chicken pieces in buttermilk for a few hours or overnight. This step is optional, but it helps tenderize the chicken and adds flavor.

Step 2: Prepare the Coating:

In separate shallow dishes, place the all-purpose flour, egg wash (whisked eggs with a splash of milk or water), and bread crumbs or panko. Season the flour and bread crumbs with salt, pepper, and any optional seasonings you prefer.

Step 3: Coat the Chicken:

Remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk (if marinated) and pat them dry with paper towels. Dredge each piece in the flour mixture, making sure to coat them thoroughly on all sides. Next, dip the flour-coated chicken into the egg wash, allowing any excess to drip off. Finally, coat the chicken with the seasoned bread crumbs or panko, pressing lightly to adhere the crumbs to the chicken.

Step 4: Spray with Cooking Oil:

Lightly spray the coated chicken pieces with cooking oil on both sides. This step helps to achieve a crispy texture similar to deep-fried chicken.

Step 5: Preheat the Ninja Air Fryer:

Turn on your Ninja Air Fryer and preheat it to 375°F (190°C) for about 3 minutes.

Step 6: Air Fry the Chicken:

Place the coated chicken pieces in the Ninja Air Fryer basket in a single layer. Do not overcrowd the basket, as this will prevent proper air circulation.

Step 7: Air Fry:

Slide the loaded basket into the Air Fryer. Set the timer for approximately 20-25 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning.

Step 8: Check for Doneness:

After the timer is up, check the internal temperature of the chicken using a meat thermometer. It should reach a minimum of 165°F (74°C) to ensure it’s fully cooked. Additionally, the chicken should be golden brown and crispy on the outside.

Step 9: Serve:

Once the chicken is cooked and crispy, remove it from the Ninja Air Fryer and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy your healthier version of fried chicken!


  1. Cooking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of the chicken pieces and the specific model of your Ninja Air Fryer. Adjust the time as needed to achieve your desired level of crispiness.
  2. Serve the fried chicken with your favorite dipping sauces, such as barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or ranch dressing.
  3. With the Ninja Air Fryer, you can enjoy crispy and flavorful fried chicken without the need for excessive oil. Happy cooking!

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