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Air-Fryer Southern-Style Chicken

I call this America’s best-loved air fryer chicken. The secret is in the breading, which makes the chicken super moist and flavorful, herby and golden brown. —Elaina Morgan, Rickman, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep:15 min. Cook: 20 min./batch
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cups crushed Ritz crackers (about 50)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat air fryer to 375°. In a shallow bowl, mix the first 7 ingredients. Place egg in a separate shallow bowl. Dip chicken in egg, then in cracker mixture, patting to help coating adhere. In batches, place chicken in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket, spritz with cooking spray.
  • Cook 10 minutes. Turn chicken and spritz with cooking spray; cook until chicken is golden brown and juices run clear, 10-20 minutes longer.

Test Kitchen tip
  • In our testing, we have found cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we have given wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.
  • Nutrition Facts
    5 ounces cooked chicken: 410 calories, 23g fat (6g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 36g protein.


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    • Andrea
      Jun 18, 2020

      Very, very good. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your liking here - I plan to use more garlic and paprika next time. I had to fry in batches, but I kept the cooked chicken covered in foil and it stayed plenty hot. I took one star off because the cooking times are way off. I’m glad I read the comment that said to cool for 15 minutes total, as that worked out perfectly for me. Use two eggs!

    • twinknitter
      Aug 17, 2019

      This is the easiest chicken recipe! I crushed the crackers in a sandwich bag for even less cleanup. I used 3 chicken breasts and one sleeve of crackers. I still had lots of crumbs left over so will probably use half that much next time. I cooked mine at 360 degrees for 10 minutes then turned and cooked an additional 5 minutes. The chicken was perfect and so moist!

    • Holly
      May 20, 2019

      It doesn't get easier than this! Chicken came out crispy outside - moist inside - delic throughout! Note: I minced my fresh parsley with the crackers and spices in the food processor and used two eggs just to be sure it was evenly coated.

    • olliesmom
      Apr 7, 2019

      Crispy, tasty, juicy fried chicken without all the mess and grease. Absolutely delicious and soooo very easy!