Spicy Buttermilk Ranch Fried Chicken

  • Prep 8h 20 mins
  • Total 8h 50 mins
  • Advanced
  • Serves 4

This spicy buttermilk ranch fried chicken is the ultimate fried chicken to serve at your next gathering!

TIP: If you want to cut back on the spice, reduce Buffalo seasoning to 1 /4 cup.

TIP: Check the internal temperature of the chicken breasts by inserting the thermometer in one of them. Then press and hold the MANUAL button.  


  • Contains Milk/Dairy

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy

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  • 1/2 cup ranch seasoning, divided
  • 1/2 cup buffalo-style seasoning, divided
  • 1 quart (4 cups) buttermilk
  • 2 uncooked bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 uncooked bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, each split in half
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup canola oil


  • Extra buffalo seasoning for garnish
  • Ranch dressing for dipping


  • Large Bowl
  • Silicone-Tipped Tongs
  • Step 1

    Stir together ranch and buffalo-style seasoning. Place half the mixture in a large resealable plastic bag or container. Add buttermilk and combine with spice mixture. Set aside remaining spice mixture. 

  • Step 2

    Place chicken in the buttermilk mixture and marinate in refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight. 

  • Step 3

    Strain chicken from marinade. Combine remaining spice mixture with flour in a large mixing bowl. Working in batches, toss chicken in flour mixture until evenly coated. Gently tap chicken to remove excess flour 

  • Step 4

    Rub each piece of chicken with oil, using a total of 1 /4 cup for all pieces

  • Step 5

    Plug thermometer into unit. Insert crisper basket in unit and close hood. Select AIR CRISP, set temperature to 360°F, then select PRESET. Use the arrows to the right of the display to select CHICKEN. The unit will default to WELL to cook chicken to a food-safe temperature. Press START/STOP to begin preheating. 

  • Step 6

    Insert thermometer horizontally into the center of the largest piece of chicken close to (but not touching) the bone.

  • Step 7

    When unit beeps to signify it has preheated, place chicken in the basket. Close hood over the thermometer cord.

  • Step 8

    When unit beeps and the display reads FLIP, use silicone-tipped tongs to flip the chicken, then close hood to continue cooking. 

  • Step 9

    When unit beeps to signal the chicken has almost reached its doneness, transfer to a plate or cutting board with thermometer still inserted. Allow to rest for 10 minutes or until thermometer indicates final temperature has been reached.