Air Fryer Spicy Chicken and Waffles with Honey Butter


Air Fryer Spicy Chicken and Waffles with Honey Butter

Recipe by Chef ShamyCourse: Breakfast


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  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • ½ cup hot sauce

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp pepper

  • 3 cups flour

  • 3 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp pepper

  • Fresh Churned Rich and Creamy Honey Butter

  • Buttermilk Waffles, toasted


  • Place chicken thighs in a large bowl. Pour buttermilk and hot sauce on top. Add salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours (or overnight). Remove 30 minutes before cooking to bring to room temperature.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
  • One at a time, lift each chicken thigh from the buttermilk brine and into the flour. Bury it in the flour, coating it completely. Shake off excess, then dredge it in the flour again. Shake off excess flour one more time before placing gently in the air fryer.
  • Cook at 390°F for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. You may have to do this in two batches.
  • Serve over buttermilk waffle(s) with a big dollop of Honey Butter.


  • To fry traditionally, heat 3 cups of oil in a large pot to 325°F. Lower breaded chicken into the oil and cook 4-5 minutes on each side, until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 165° F.