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How To Air Fry Chicken Quarters



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How To Air Fry Chicken Quarters For A Quick Dinner

Do you want to know how to air fry chicken quarters? If so, you’re in the right place. There is nothing better than air-fried chicken leg quarters. In addition to being highly affordable, you also get two pieces of meat in one serving – juicy and flavorful!

It wasn’t until I noticed my grocery store frequently sells chicken leg quarters that I realized how rarely I ate chicken leg quarters. I splurged on a whole bag and still don’t regret it. They are incredibly meaty, reminding me of my mom’s cooking when I was a child.

Usually, chicken leg quarters come with the skin still attached. It is possible to remove the skin.

Cooked properly, chicken quarters are known for their health and tasty qualities. Unfortunately, chicken breasts that are overcooked or not cooked properly will often become dry. The aim of today’s post is to show you how to cook your chicken quarters in the air fryer so that they are tender and delicious.

How To Bread Frozen Chicken Quarters To Cook In Your Air Fryer?

If you attempt to bread your frozen chicken quarters the traditional way, there will be a slight issue. When you fry chicken, you usually take it through a breading process of flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs. The breading will fall off frozen chicken quarters if you attempt to do this.

So how do you bread your frozen chicken quarters? All you need for the perfect breading is a little cooking oil an seasoned breadcrumbs mixture that you’re going to use on the chicken. You will use the oil here to hold your breading in place. Apply oil generously to the chicken quarters. Once the breadcrumb mixture is on the frozen chicken quarter, press it down firmly. Using a spoon, I usually pour the breadcrumbs onto the chicken quarter. After that, use the spoon’s back to press it down.

Benefits of Air Frying Chicken Quarters

Is there any benefit to eating this chicken leg quarter air fryer recipe? In my opinion, the following reasons are valid:

  • Chicken legs provide a lot of high-quality protein in a large portion. Protein content is 50 grams, to be precise. This recipe is great if you want to increase your protein intake. (Each leg could easily be divided into two portions.)
  • Do you want a clean up after cooking chicken in the oven or on the stove? Easy cleanup is one of the main benefits of air fryers.
  • If you’d prefer, you can use hoisin sauce or BBQ sauce instead of mustard in these air fryer chicken legs (no breading). Panko or flour are also good options for breading chicken leg quarters.
  • It will be great for people who are on a low carb diet because it is keto-friendly. In each serving, 3.4 grams of net carbs are present, ideal for those following a ketogenic diet.
  • This recipe contains no gluten at all, assuming you use gluten-free mustard. As an alternative to breading, the mustard used here is flavorful and adds a lot of flavor. You can use this recipe whether you need a gluten-free recipe or not!
  • The chicken is air fried, not deep fried. As a result, the skin on your chicken becomes crispy and the meat becomes moist and tender.
  • A good source of cheap chicken is chicken legs quarters because they are among the cheapest cuts available. Those with limited budgets should be on the lookout for them!
  • Recipe is incredibly easy, and it’s also very tasty.

Getting The Skin Off Chicken Leg Quarters:

As most chicken leg quarters contain skin, you are presented with two options for removing the skin.

The skin can be removed before cooking as a first option.

Leg quarters usually have firmly attached skin in a couple of places, making it difficult for the skin to just be pulled off. Grasping the edge of the thigh, I pull as much skin as I can off. I use a clean pair of kitchen shears (they’re basically sharp scissors) to cut it off anywhere it gets stuck to meat or bone.

The second option is to rest the chicken with the skin on, then pull it off as instructed below.

Pull the skin off with your fingertips after it has rested for two minutes. There is no need to worry about it coming off. Using those kitchen shears, cut it if it happens to be stuck somewhere. It is only necessary to ensure that the shears are clean, and that they haven’t come in contact with raw chicken.

How to Air Fry Chicken Quarters

The first step is to drizzle a little oil over the chicken leg quarters. The procedure is the same regardless of whether the chicken has a skin. This oil sprayer is what I use to spray olive oil. The beauty of this product is that it can be filled with olive oil, which makes it much cheaper and more convenient than canned cooking spray. I am also very satisfied with the sprayer. Mine has been with me for years!

Salt, pepper, and garlic powder should be added next to the chicken. Salt is always a must, and you can season it differently if you wish.

Using the air fryer basket, place the chicken leg quarters skin-side-down (or round sides down if the leg quarters are skinless) in it then air fry for 20 minutes.

Flip them over. To avoid scratching my air fryer’s nonstick basket, I use tools made of non-metal, so they will not scratch the surface. The silicone-coated tongs I usually use for this are ideal for the job. After flipping the chicken, cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit as proven by an instant read thermometer. Approximately 10-12 minutes more.

Let the chicken rest for 2 minutes before serving it.

Dig into a hearty, delicious piece of chicken with a knife and fork!

Conclusion

Cooked properly, chicken quarters are known for their health and tasty qualities. Unfortunately, chicken breasts that are overcooked or not cooked properly will often become dry. The aim of today’s post is to show you how to cook your chicken quarters in the air fryer so that they are tender and delicious.

 

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