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The Crispy Secret to This Air-Fried Chicken Pieces Recipe? Crushed Cornflakes!

This air-fried chicken is juicy and crunchy thanks to buttermilk and crushed cornflakes

The irresistible crunch of this crispy air-fried chicken pieces recipe is oh so satisfying. We marinated cut-up chicken in buttermilk to ensure the pieces cook up moist and juicy. Then, we coated them in crushed cornflakes for the ultimate golden exterior. They have a delicate flavor and ultra crispy texture that makes the perfect upgrade from regular breadcrumbs. Simply put them in a sealed bag and crush them with a rolling pin. And thanks to the wonders of air frying, you’ll enjoy all the crispy goodness you crave with less oil. Just make sure to preheat your air fryer before using (here’s why).

Whether served as a delicious weeknight dinner or a crowd-pleasing party snack, it will sure to be a hit. Pair them with various dipping sauces like honey mustard or BBQ sauce for more flavor. For more chicken tricks, click to learn more about Broasted chicken and why chefs recommend it for crispy yet juicy results.


6 servings

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  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 lbs. chicken pieces
  • 3 cups cornflakes, crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Lemon wedges and fresh parsley sprigs (optional)


In large bowl, combine buttermilk, garlic powder, ¼ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper. Add chicken; toss until coated. Cover; chill 2 hrs. or overnight. Transfer chicken back to bowl; discard marinade.

In separate bowl, mix cornflakes, flour, oregano, ¼ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper. Working with one piece at a time, coat chicken with mixture.

Place crisper plate in basket of 7-qt. air fryer; coat with cooking spray. Place basket in air fryer; heat to 325°F. In 2 batches, place chicken in basket; coat with cooking spray. Place basket in air fryer. Air-fry until golden brown and chicken is no longer pink near bone, 25-30 min. per batch. Remove. If desired, serve with lemon wedges and top with parsley.


  • Calories: 310
  • Fat: 7 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 2 gram
  • Protein: 42 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 18 gram
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Cholesterol: 160 mg
  • Sugar: 2 gram
  • Sodium: 340 mg


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