Chicken Legs in Air Fryer
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Chicken Legs in Air Fryer

Buttermilk chicken legs in air fryer are crispy on the outside but tender and juicy on the inside. Copycat Kentucky Fried Chicken without the oil!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, buttermilk, chicken, chicken legs, crispy, ninja foodi
Servings: 8
Calories: 347kcal
Author: The Typical Mom



  • In a gallon freezer bag add buttermilk and chicken legs. Allow to soak at least 2 hours to overnight in fridge.
  • Preheat air fryer when ready to 390 degrees.
  • Mix together bread crumbs, flour, baking powder and dry seasonings in a shallow dish.
  • Take one leg out at a time and roll in panko mixture so coating sticks well, shake off excess.
  • Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray and put coated chicken legs inside so they are not overlapping.
  • Cook at 390 for 15 minutes. Then remove each one one at a time, brush with melted butter and flip over, placing it back into your air fryer basket.
  • Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, timing will depend on how large your legs are.
  • Remove one leg after 10 minutes and check with thermometer to ensure it is 165 degree internally. If not add a few more minutes until it is done thoroughly.
  • Keep batch warm when done and put second batch in.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 533IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg