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Air Fryer Nashville Chicken

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I’m obsessed with this Nashville Chicken in the Air Fryer. The flavor is incredible and the best part is that it’s cooked so quickly in the air fryer. 

Nashville Chicken in the Air Fryer

Air Fryer Nashville Chicken 

This Nashville chicken is juicy, crispy and delicious fried chicken brushed with hot sauce for a delicious dinner. Using the air fryer means the chicken is super crispy without the mess and effort of deep frying.

Ingredients you will need:

  • boneless chicken breast tenders
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • hot sauce
  • pickle juice
  • all purpose flour
  • egg
  • buttermilk
  • cooking spray

Sauce ingredients:

  • cayenne pepper
  • dark brown sugar
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • olive oil

Nashville Chicken in the Air Fryer

How To Make Nashville Chicken In The Air Fryer

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, salt, black pepper and 1 tablespoon hot sauce, 1 tablespoon of pickle juice until well combined.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hours.
  3. Pour the flour into a bowl.
  4. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and tablespoon of hot sauce in a separate bowl.
  5. To dredge the chicken, first place it in the flour toss each piece to evenly coat.
  6. Then place it into the buttermilk mixture, and then back into the flour.
  7. Place the breaded chicken on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  8. Continue to finish the other tenders.
  9. Set your Air Fryer to the chicken setting or 360 degrees
  10. Place your tenders in the Air Fryer dish in a single layer.
  11. Let cook for 5-7 minutes and then flip. Then cook for another 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Continue to cook all of the tenders.

Nashville Chicken in the Air Fryer

Sauce directions

  1. To make the hot spicy sauce, whisk together the spices, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of olive oil until evenly combined.
  2. Immediately pour it over the fried chicken tenders.
  3. Serve with pickles.
  4. Enjoy!

Nashville Chicken in the Air Fryer

3.6 from 5 votes
Servings: 8 servings

Nashville Chicken in the Air Fryer

Prep Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
 
I’m obsessed with this Nashville Chicken in the Air Fryer. The flavor is incredible and the best part is that it’s cooked so quickly in the air fryer. 

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breast tenders
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp. pickle juice
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • cooking spray

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 tablespoon of pickle juice until well combined.

  2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  3. Pour the flour into a bowl and mix in remaining 1/2 teaspoon or salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

  4. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and remaining tablespoon of hot sauce in a separate bowl.

  5. To dredge the chicken, first place it in the flour toss each piece to evenly coat.
  6. Then place it into the buttermilk mixture, and then back into the flour.
  7. Place the breaded chicken on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  8. Continue to finish the other tenders.
  9. Let air dry for 10 minutes.
  10. Set your Air Fryer to the chicken setting or 375 degrees.

  11. Place your tenders in the Air Fryer dish (in batches) in a single layer and lightly coat with cooking spray.

  12. Cook for 5-6 minutes or as your Air Fryer sets on its chicken settings. Then turn over the chicken and coat with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown 5-7 minutes longer.

Sauce:

  1. To make the hot spicy sauce, whisk together the spices, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of olive oil until evenly combined.

  2. Immediately pour it over the fried chicken tenders.
  3. Serve with pickles.
Nutrition Facts
Nashville Chicken in the Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 555mg24%
Potassium 507mg14%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 814IU16%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Guilt Free Nashville Chicken

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6 comments

  1. I bought an air fryer but have not used yet. I will try the chicken tender recipe. Hopefully you will share more air-fryer recipes in the future. Thanks

  2. I just made your Nashville Chicken and I changed a few things. I substituted almond milk for butter milk and  egg whites for 3 eggs. The chicken tasted amazing! Now for the sauce, 6 tablespoons of Cayenne for only 2 lbs of chicken is way pushing it. I used only 3 and it cleared my sinuses. I love spicy food but it can’t be so over powering that it masks the taste of the food. If I were going to serve this for company then I’d use even less. I’ve just never seen a recipe that calls for that much Cayenne in anything, and I’m from the south. Other than that, I’d highly recommend this recipe. Good job and thanks

  3. This was Delicious! 

  4. This sounds like a great recipe, however, I’m from Australia, can you tell me an Aussie equivalent to pickle juice?

    • Base:  
      One cup of water
      1/2 cup of white vinegar
      kosher salt as much as 2 tbsp
      Then add various combinations of spices like peppercorn, mustard seed, dill….
      You can google how to make pickle juice for all sorts of recipes.

  5. Excellent.
    My husband said it was the best chicken he has ever had!