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Nashville Chicken in the Air Fryer

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. 
Prep Time3 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer Nashville chicken, air fryer Nashville chicken recipe, Nashville chicken
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Jill

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

  • 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.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Pour the flour into a bowl and mix in remaining 1/2 teaspoon or salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  • Whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and remaining tablespoon of hot sauce in a separate bowl.
  • To dredge the chicken, first place it in the flour toss each piece to evenly coat.
  • Then place it into the buttermilk mixture, and then back into the flour.
  • Place the breaded chicken on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Continue to finish the other tenders.
  • Let air dry for 10 minutes.
  • Set your Air Fryer to the chicken setting or 375 degrees.
  • Place your tenders in the Air Fryer dish (in batches) in a single layer and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  • 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:

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

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 555mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 814IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg