Air Fryer Crispy Chicken (The Best Guilt-Free Fried Chicken Ever)

By Jess

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Would you believe that it’s possible to enjoy legitimately fried chicken in a completely guilt-free and paleo-friendly fashion? You definitely can with the use of an air fryer. Instead of using the unhealthy cooking oils commonly used to fry food, an air fryer accomplishes the same thing using nothing but air. I was a bit skeptical myself at first until I gave it a try. Now I absolutely love using it, especially when it comes to making recipes like this tasty air fryer crispy chicken. It takes chicken drumsticks, coats them in a delicious homemade seasoning mix with shredded coconut, and then air fry's them to make one unbelievably tasty fried chicken meal.

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I know there are plenty of readers out there who absolutely love fried food, especially fried chicken. If that sounds like you, then you are definitely in for a treat today. I’m going to be sharing an awesome recipe for air-fryer crispy chicken that rivals the best fried chicken you’ve ever had. It’s even got a delicious homemade seasoning mix using herbs, spices, and shredded coconut. And the best part about this fried chicken? It’s totally healthy and 100% paleo-friendly.

It’s All About the Seasoning

Before you start air frying your chicken, you need your homemade seasoning mixture. There’s going to be two components used to season the drumsticks — the first is a mixture of almond flour, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne powder, salt, and pepper followed by a delicious layer of shredded coconut. Where traditional fried food recipes rely on using things like vegetable oil, which can cause inflammation and increase your risk of cardiovascular disease (1), this recipe actually provides quite a few great health benefits.

The mixture of herbs and spices could actually play a role in preventing and even helping to treat certain cancers. (2) That is in addition to the fantastic amount of flavor they add to your chicken which makes it a complete win-win situation for fried food lovers. After dipping your drumsticks in eggs and coating them with the seasoning, you’ll then once again dip them in the egg mixture before coating them with the finely shredded coconut. If you’ve never tried coconut flavored chicken before then you are in for a real treat once you make this recipe.

air fried chicken

Of course, this recipe wouldn’t be possible without using an air fryer. It makes it possible to fully enjoy delicious fried chicken meals just like this in a completely healthy and paleo-friendly way. The number one air fryer that I recommend, and the one that I personally use, can be purchased directly from Amazon by clicking here. You can use it to air fry everything from sweet potato coins (chips, anyone?) and fries to pork rinds, if you dare.

paleo air fried crispy chicken

P.S. – There’s definitely more than one way to enjoy tasty fried chicken style recipes that are totally paleo-friendly. Here are some more excellent fried chicken recipes to give you some ideas:


    • 2 pounds chicken drumstick
    • 1 cup almond flour
    • 1 ½ cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • ½ tsp smoked paprika
    • ½ tsp garlic powder
    • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • salt, black pepper


  1. Generously season the drumsticks with salt and black pepper.
  2. In a shallow plate add the almond flour, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and good pinch of salt and black pepper. Mix to combine.
  3. Beat the eggs in a small bowl. Season with pinch of salt.
  4. Place the shredded coconut in a shallow dish.
  5. Dip each chicken drumstick in the eggs then dredge in the almond flour mixture.
  6. Dip each drumstick into the eggs again, followed by the shredded coconut.
  7. Place the drumsticks on a chopping board and brush with olive oil.
  8. Preheat a Philips air fryer to 360°F.
  9. Place the drumsticks in a single layer in the fry basket and insert into the air fryer.
  10. Cook for 18 minutes. Remove the drumsticks from the basket.
  11. Repeat this process with the remaining drumsticks.
  12. Serve warm.


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Total Time

45 minutes

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

35 minutes

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  1. This recipe was a hit with my family! We are not fans of “bone in” chicken, so I made it with tenders instead, and it turned out great. Thank you! I will make it again.

    Rating: 5

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