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Air Fryer Chicken and Waffles

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large servings 1x


Dig into this southern classic at home with this Air Fryer Chicken and Waffles recipe! Air fried buttermilk honey fried chicken on top of crispy cornbread waffles!



Fried Honey Buttermilk Chicken

1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 cup white all-purpose flour

1 tbsp corn starch

3 tsp smoked paprika, divided

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1 egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

cooking spray

2 tbsp honey

Cornbread Waffles

1 cup cornmeal

1 cup white all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

3 tbsp white sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

maple syrup (optional)


Pat chicken dry with a paper towel, slice the chicken thighs in half

In a shallow bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, 2 tsp smoked paprika, onion powder, salt and black pepper

In another shallow bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, baking powder and baking soda

Working one piece of chicken at a time, dip first into the dry mixture to coat, then dip into the wet mixture and then back into the dry

Repeat with all pieces of chicken

Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes

Spray the air fryer with cooking spray

Working in 2 batches, place half of the chicken thighs in the basket*

Air Fry for 6 minutes on each side, when you flip spray again with cooking spray

Carefully remove the chicken from the air fryer and place on a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil

Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with the remaining paprika

Cornbread Waffles

Before you put the chicken in the air fryer, mix together the waffle mix

In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk and vegetable oil

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix with a spoon or spatula until fully combined

Heat waffle maker

When you put the chicken in the air fryer start making the waffles

Spray hot waffle maker with cooking spray

Add enough waffle batter to fill the waffle maker

Cook until golden brown

Serve honey chicken on top of the waffles and top with maple syrup, if desired


*you may have to do more than 2 batches depending on the size of your basket

  • Prep Time: 38 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: Southern

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