Save on Pinterest

Air-Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken

I live in Tennessee and absolutely love our famous Nashville hot chicken. To make cooking it easier, I thought I’d try air-frying. I’m so glad I did—this is almost better than the original. —April Lane, Greeneville, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dill pickle slices

Directions

  • In a bowl or shallow dish, combine 1 tablespoon pickle juice, 1 tablespoon hot sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour. Drain, discarding any marinade.
  • Preheat air fryer to 375°. In a shallow bowl, mix flour, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. In another shallow bowl, whisk egg, buttermilk, remaining 1 tablespoon pickle juice and 1 tablespoon hot sauce. Dip chicken in flour to coat both sides; shake off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then again in flour mixture.
  • In batches, arrange chicken in a single layer on well greased tray in air-fryer basket; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes. Turn; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes longer.
  • Whisk together oil, cayenne pepper, brown sugar and seasonings; pour over hot chicken and toss to coat. Serve with pickles.
Nutrition Facts
5 ounces cooked chicken: 413 calories, 21g fat (3g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 39g protein.

Recommended Video

Reviews

Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • Todd
    Jun 6, 2020

    I have made this recipe several time each time adding and subtracting. I add a little more spice to the dry mix.... use thighs and have no issues with browning in my airfryer (which is small)

  • sample71549
    Apr 28, 2020

    Foxycook the oil is used in step 4

  • Jodie
    Mar 8, 2020

    Not good at all. The breading doesn’t brown at all and is very clumpy... would not make again.

  • Millie
    Mar 8, 2020

    I made this. I used the 1/2 cup of olive oil as part of the marinade. I put the salt and pepper in the flour and used swerve brown sugar with the cayenne, chili powder, paprika and garlic powder. I used boneless chicken thighs. And it worked out well. My even better if I’d myself flipped the chicken to get crispy ness on both sides. I am new to air fryer but glad I invested in one

  • Foxycook
    Mar 2, 2020

    This recipe doesn't make sense. Where is the 1/2 cup olive oil used? Surely not in the air fryer basket. I wouldn't even try this recipe until it is revised.