Air Fried Buttermilk Soaked Chicken

Regular fried chicken tastes so good (if properly done). Now, imagine the taste if the chicken is soaked in buttermilk before frying. With the air fryer, you don’t have to spend time dreaming of eating buttermilk soaked fried chicken when you could actually eat some, and it is healthy too. With all the debates surrounding cholesterol and its role in blood pressure, using the air fryer ensures you can enjoy the meals you love without having to deal with these health implications, and this is thanks to its use of less oil compared to the deep fryers.

This recipe of the air fried buttermilk-soaked chicken would have you questioning your strong affiliation with the regular fried chicken. The former is tastier and tender. Your household would be glad you gave this a try. Without further ado, let’s get cooking!


  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Black pepper
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken thigh
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Lemon
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 egg
  • ½ Paprika
  • ½ cup regular flour
  • 1 onion bulb
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • Salt


Grind the garlic, black pepper, and onion separately.

Juice the lemon

Mix the cup of milk with one teaspoon of the lemon juice. This coagulates the milk forming the thicker buttermilk.  


Get a bowl. Mix the buttermilk and hot sauce in the bowl.

In a different bowl, pour the tapioca flour and some of the garlic and black pepper. Then mix them vigorously.

In another bowl, beat the egg thoroughly until an even mix of the different parts is obtained.  

In a bigger bowl, add the brown sugar, ground onion, oregano, flour, salt and what is left of the garlic and black pepper. Then, mix these ingredients vigorously until it becomes an even paste.  

Wash the chicken thighs and roll them in the mixture of ingredients. It is important you roll the chicken thighs in that of the buttermilk first before proceeding to the tapioca mixture, then the beaten egg and finally, the flour mixture. Don’t allow the chicken thigh to be overburdened by excess dripping as it could jeopardize the taste.   

Turn on the air fryer. Detach the basket. Depending on the kind of air fryer you have, you might have to place some parchment paper at the base of the basket. But if you own an air fryer with a pan that is truly non-stick, you might not need the parchment paper.

Set the temperature of the air fryer to 190ºC and the time to 10 minutes. Once the time elapses, detach the basket and flip the chicken thighs. Reset the time for another 10 minutes. This should help the chicken thighs cook well while ensuring the ingredients have a unified taste.


While you can use bone-in chicken thighs, it would take longer for the chicken thighs to cook.      

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