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Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 egg
  • cups buttermilk
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper, more if you want it really hot
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper sauce
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • tsp garlic powder


  • In a large shallow dish, whisk together the egg and buttermilk.
  • In a separate shallow dish, whisk together flour, kosher salt, white pepper and cayenne pepper
  • Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Dip each chicken strip in flour, then coat with buttermilk, then back in flour. Place on parchment lined pan.
  • Allow to rest 10 minutes
  • Add all sauce ingredients to a bowl and whisk together.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F
  • Spray air fryer rack or basket with non stick spray
  • Working in batches, place chicken breasts on rack or basket, keeping ½" space between pieces to allow air flow.
  • Spoon ½ tablespoon of sauce over each piece of chicken
  • Spray chicken lightly with cooking spray
  • Place in air fryer and cook 6-8 minutes, turning after 5 minutes and adding more sauce to each piece.
  • Internal temperature of chicken should be 165°F internally.
  • Continue until all chicken is cooked.
  • Serve hot on white bread with pickle slices and additional sauce.
Keyword Chicken