Healthy Air Fryer Fried Chicken – Is There Such a Thing?

Posted on 15th February 2017 in Easy Recipes, Small Kitchen Appliances
Healthy Air Fryer Fried Chicken – Is There Such a Thing?

Healthy fried chicken


Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to make healthy fried chicken?  Who doesn’t love the crunch when you bite into a hot juicy piece of fried chicken.  That is until you think about the 320 calories, 16 grams of fat and 4 grams of saturated fat that comes with deep frying chicken in a vat of fat.

Now there is a way to make delicious and healthy crunchy hot juicy fried chicken at home your family will love.

Most “healthy fried chicken” recipes I have found use almond flour to coat the chicken, and then bake the chicken in the oven to create a healthy alternative to deep fried chicken.   This is not really frying chicken.  The consistency is not like fried chicken and it doesn’t taste like your favorite fried chicken.

That was until I discovered the best alternative to deep frying chicken that creates real hot, crunchy fried chicken, and has fewer calories than that stuff from the fast food restaurants, that is delicious but not very healthy.

The best way to make healthy fried chicken is with an oil less air fryer.  This is small kitchen appliance that makes healthy fried chicken and more with super heated air, usually between 400 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

An air fryer uses convection cooking technology that rapidly circulates the super heated air around the food to cook it to crispy deliciousness.

Rather than using hot fat like a traditional deep fryer does, an air fryer uses just a tablespoon of hot oil to make healthy fried chicken that has fewer calories and less fat.


How Does an Air Fryer Work? 



Here is a delicious and healthy recipe from Recipe This to make a healthier version of KFC Fried Chicken in an air fryer.


  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 300ml Bread Crumbs
  • 30ml KFC Spice Blend (get the recipe here)
  • 3 Small Eggs (beaten)
  • 100g Plain Flour
  1. Chop up your chicken into pieces. Chop up as you prefer your chicken but we love to have wings, thighs, drumsticks and breast or the breast with the wings. You can access our guide for chopping up a chicken here.
  2. In a bowl add your KFC spice blend to your bread crumbs. In another bowl have your flour and in a third your beaten egg.
  3. Roll your chicken pieces in the flour, the egg and then in the spicy bread crumbs.
  4. Place in the Airfryer at a temperature of 180c for 18 minutes and then check to make sure it is cooked in the middle.
  5. Serve.


"kfc chicken in the air fryer"

Recipe courtesy of Recipe This


What Air Fryer Do We Recommend?


We recommend the Black and Decker Air Fryer, because it is one of the best rates air fryers on the market for all your frying needs,  and it also works as a convection oven to cook anything you would cook in your regular oven, and costs less than $100 at


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  1. sunny0ne February 15, 2018 at 11:06 AM - Reply

    After a couple of disasters with my air fryer I did a little research, found some recipes, added my own touches and I’ve made delicious air fried chicken and salmon croquettes. All crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. I have a deep fryer that I will never use again. My food tastes cleaner and lighter. My house smells better. And I am always anxious to air fry something else.

  2. Amanda September 18, 2017 at 11:19 PM - Reply

    Hi Ken Weiss,

    Nice thoughts about air fryer. I agree with all your words here. I used to cook with oil earlier after I started using air fryer I’m in love with my food. I don’t need to worry much about healthy food.

    I personally use Philips air fryer.

    I think it’s time to try KFC recipe now :)

  3. Heloise March 6, 2017 at 3:31 PM - Reply

    Hello Ken,
    Thanks for these deicious healthy recipe. I own a TFal air fryer and with his oil less features, I can really make healthy fried wing.
    Thanks for the article
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    • Ken Weiss March 7, 2017 at 3:56 PM - Reply

      Hi Heloise,

      Thanks for your comment, and I am glad you liked the recipe.

      Also, you should add an About Me page to your blog. This will help readers connect with you.



      • Scott Marshall February 6, 2018 at 5:05 PM - Reply

        For your KFC air fryer recipe, how much oil do I need to use?

        • Ken Weiss February 7, 2018 at 12:21 PM - Reply

          Hi Scott,

          Air fryers use just about a tablespoon of oil. In reality, you can fry without oil, which is why air fryers are also called oil-less fryers.

          The cooking is done through convection technology.
          The oil is really just to crisp the chicken as it is cooking.

  4. Marc March 3, 2017 at 5:13 PM - Reply

    Ok I had never heard of an air fryer till today. Have to show my wife. :)
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