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Cosori Air Fryer chicken vs KFC. Like real, but guilt free!

Love KFC but feel guilty about the calories? This Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe will banish all those guilty feelings!

Kentucky Fried Chicken is well-known for Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe for their delicious fried chicken recipe. Indulging in a delightful KFC bucket of chicken is admittedly a guilty pleasure of ours, so we were over the moon when we discovered the KFC spices mix.

Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe KFC

Even more, were we excited when the idea clicked that this would work wonders in our Cosori Air Fryer. We were hoping for all the flavour for less of the fat.

We were delighted with the result. This Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe works perfectly in the Cosori Air Fryer. All you need to do is swap the original deep-fried recipe for just a few oil sprays. Your cholesterol levels will thank you!

Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe spices

If you’re worried about the flavour, you will not be disappointed. It was hard to tell the difference between the original KFC bucket and the Cosori Airfryer recipe.

Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe spices mixed

The Original Variety Bucket contains 4 Original Recipe Pieces, 2 Original Recipe Strips, 4 Hot Wings, 2 Portions Fries, and 2 Portions Onion Rings. We decided to replicate this by using the same chicken pieces, which means 2 chicken thighs, 2 chicken drumsticks, half a chicken breast sliced into strips, and 4 chicken wings. We also added the fries and onion rings for completion’s sake.

Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe pour mix

The two components make this homemade Chicken Variety Box delicious with a much lower fat content; the right spice mix and buttermilk. The spice blend includes paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, celery salt, black pepper, dried mustard powder, ground ginger, thyme, basil and basil and oregano.

Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe chicken coating

Those are the 11 spices which will completely transform how you make your chicken from now on. Using buttermilk for the coating enables the chicken to remain tender.

Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe beating eggs

The best part of this Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe is its simplicity. You’ll need your chicken, spices, buttermilk, flour, eggs, cornstarch and chicken pieces by mixing the dry ingredients and mixing the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl.

Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe leg

Dip your chicken pieces in the buttermilk mixture and then in the dry ingredient mixture, lightly spray with oil and cook in your Cosori for 25 minutes. This is best eaten straight from the Cosori Airfryer.

Air Fryer chicken recipe crunchy

Let’s take a look at the recipe.


Chicken coating

240ml buttermilk

200g all-purpose flour

65g cornstarch

2 eggs

Olive Oil spray

Spices Blend

3 tbsp paprika

1.5 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp onion powder

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp dried mustard powder

2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp salt

2 tsp celery salt

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried basil


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients, i.e., flour, cornstarch, and spices, in a large bowl.

  2. Mix the eggs and buttermilk in a separate bowl.

  3. Wash the chicken pieces and dry thoroughly

  4. Preheat the Cosori Airfryer by using the preheat function on your appliance.

  5. Dip the chicken pieces into the liquid mixture (buttermilk and eggs). Drip to make sure any excess is removed

  6. Cover the chicken with a dry coating. Make sure the chicken is thoroughly coated with the dry mixture coating by pressing the blend deeply into the chicken pieces.

  7. Spray the Cosori basket with oil spray (olive oil is our choice). We also like to spray the chicken pieces, covering each area of the chicken.

  8. Cook chicken for 12 minutes at 180oC on each side. When turning the chicken, spray the chicken again.

  9. The chicken is ready when it is golden brown.

We love this Cosori Air Fryer chicken recipe and think it is easily comparable to a deep-fried chicken recipe without excess fat. It is best to serve immediately, and we recommend sides of fries, onion rings and grilled corn on the cob. Mashed potatoes would work as well.

What did you think of this recipe? This is one of our favourite Cosori recipes, and we are sure you’d love it.


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