Crispy Air Fryer Golden Chicken Delight

Crispy Air Fryer Golden Chicken Delight is a fantastic way to enjoy crispy, juicy chicken without the need for deep frying. This recipe ensures your chicken is perfectly seasoned and cooked to a golden perfection in the air fryer. Let’s dive into the details to create this delicious dish!


Table of Contents

For the Chicken:

  • Chicken thighs or drumsticks: 2 pounds (900g), bone-in and skin-on
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Paprika: 2 teaspoons
  • Garlic powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Onion powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Dried thyme: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Baking powder: 1 teaspoon (helps to crisp the skin)

For the Optional Dipping Sauce:

  • Mayonnaise: 1/2 cup (120ml)
  • Dijon mustard: 2 tablespoons
  • Honey: 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper: To taste


  • Air fryer: For cooking the chicken.
  • Mixing bowl: For seasoning the chicken.
  • Tongs: For handling the chicken.
  • Measuring spoons: To measure ingredients accurately.


Step 1: Prepare the Chicken

  1. Preheat the air fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.
  2. Season the chicken: In a mixing bowl, combine the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, salt, black pepper, and baking powder. Add the chicken pieces and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat the chicken evenly with the seasoning mixture.

Step 2: Air Fry the Chicken

  1. Arrange the chicken: Place the chicken pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd the basket; cook in batches if necessary.
  2. Cook: Air fry the chicken at 400°F (200°C) for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the chicken is golden brown and crispy, and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
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Step 3: Prepare the Dipping Sauce (Optional)

  1. Mix the ingredients: In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, honey, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  2. Chill: Refrigerate the sauce until ready to serve.

Step 4: Serve

  1. Serve immediately: Arrange the crispy golden chicken on a serving platter. Serve with the optional dipping sauce on the side.
  2. Garnish: Garnish with fresh herbs such as parsley or chives if desired.

Tips for Perfect Crispy Air Fryer Chicken

  1. Pat dry: Pat the chicken dry with paper towels before seasoning to help the skin become crispy.
  2. Baking powder: The baking powder in the seasoning mixture helps to create a crispier skin.
  3. Do not overcrowd: Cook the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket to ensure even cooking and crispiness.
  4. Check for doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).


Crispy Air Fryer Golden Chicken Delight is a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken. This recipe ensures that your chicken is perfectly seasoned, juicy, and crispy every time. Enjoy making and savoring this delightful dish with your family and friends!