The Best Air Fried Buffalo Chicken
  • Alaina Hinkle

The Best Air Fried Buffalo Chicken

Updated: Apr 15

This whole quarantine has my brain on not knowing what day it is, what is actually going on & apparently taking the wrong meat out of the freezer for dinner lol. I was going to make my buffalo chicken meatballs with the ground chicken thigh.... well I actually ended up taking our chicken thighs instead hahah. So I had all the ingredients out & made the homemade creamy blue cheese dressing... to find out I needed to switch my plan around :)

So I decided to use similar ingredients & make it buffalo chicken thighs, air fried to perfection & use the blue cheese for dipping. Also if you are not a huge blue cheese fan, this is my favorite if you want to try it, because it is not too strong at all-- just has that hint of blue cheese! These are so easy, delicious & way lighter than the typical fried buffalo chicken, without skimping on the taste!


8 chicken thighs

1 cup Italian bread crumbs

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan

1 cup The New Primal Mild Buffalo Sauce

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 large clove garlic minced

2 tsp salt

1 tsp dill

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing:

-4 oz cream cheese

-4 oz blue cheese crumbles ( you will need 8 oz total in the recipe)

-1/2 cup milk

-2 tbsp mayo

-2 tsp Worcester Sauce

-1/2 tsp garlic powder

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions for dressing:

1. In a large bowl that is hand mixer safe. Add in cream cheese, 3 oz of the crumbles, milk, mayo, Worcester sauce, garlic powder & start with 1/2 tsp of salt & pepper. Take hand mixer and on medium setting blend until smooth & fully combined about 3 minutes. Then taste to add in any more salt or pepper to taste, then add in the last oz of blue cheese. Then place in a mason jar or any other tight fit jar & refrigerate until chicken thighs are ready!

Directions for Buffalo Chicken Thighs:

1. In a 9 X 11 baking dish lay out the chicken thighs at the bottom of the pan. Then in a small bowl whisk together 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp dill, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder & set aside. After, in a large bowl add in the 2 cups of bread crumbs, parmesan & the last 1 tsp of salt, whisk together & set aside as well.

2. In a medium size bowl add in hot sauce, garlic clove minced & 1 tbsp butter melted, whisk together & set aside as well. Take the spice mixture you just put together & sprinkle over the chicken thighs in the baking dish. Half the mixture on one side, then flip over & use the second half of the mixture on that side. Take your hands & rub in the seasoning on both sides. Then pour the hot sauce mixture over the chicken thighs. Make sure they are all covered, then cover your baking dish & marinate in the refrigerator for an hour or two.

3. After your buffalo chicken has marinated take you will start coating in your breadcrumb mixture. As you take each thigh out, dip in the buffalo remaining sauce at the bottom too, to make sure it is all nice & coated. Then dip into the breadcrumbs, pressing down on it to make sure the thigh is fully coated/sticks to the thigh. Layer as many as you can get in your air fryer without overlapping.

4. Then cook on chicken setting or 400 for 20 minutes. 10 minutes on one side & then 10 minutes on the other. REDUCE cooking time by 2 minutes after EACH USE. The air fryer gets hotter after each time you have used it.

Thank you for looking at this scrumptious recipe!! Remember to follow me @honestfoodie_blog and #honestgrubhonestfoodie to let me know what you are making!

** Also KEY tip to making it extra crispy: if you have olive oil spray, the first side before you start air frying it. Once you flip to the last side, spray that side before you put it back in again. This makes it perfection. If you don't have spray, pour a little olive oil in a bowl & drizzle lightly over the thigh or brush with a basting brush. However, the spray allows you to use less oil, while creating the effect you want!

Then serve with your dressing of choice! ( here is the link to HGHF ranch too if you don't want Blue Cheese) Also the highlights are saved on my instagram page : @honestfoodie_blog, of me making them.

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