Air Fryer Chicken Quarters

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These Air Fryer Chicken Quarters have a flavorful dry rub that helps lock in the flavor while ensuring a crispy skin. Using the air fryer is one of the best ways to cook chicken quarters. Give it a try and you’ll see.

Air fryer chicken quarters

These chicken quarters make for a tasty dinner choice. They’re simple and fast to cook, turning out juicy and delicious. Serve them with a variety of sides, such as crispy potatoes and onions or baby carrots.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Irresistible Crunch: Imagine biting into a piece of perfectly cooked chicken with a crisp, golden-brown exterior. Air frying achieves that satisfying crunch without the excessive grease of deep frying.
  • Tender and Juicy: These chicken quarters retain their incredible tenderness and juiciness, ensuring that every bite is a succulent delight without any concerns of dryness.
  • Convenience and Speed: Cooking crispy chicken quarters in an air fryer is not just about taste; it’s also about convenience. Within minutes, you can have a plate of crispy chicken quarters ready to devour.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredients for air fryer chicken quarters
  • Chicken quarters – If you are unfamiliar, a chicken quarter includes the thigh and drumstick in one piece. I can often find them at the grocery store with 4 in a package.
  • Dry Rub: I like to use this homemade chicken dry rub. It contains smoked paprika, flour, garlic powder, celery salt, onion powder, mustard powder, ground black pepper, ground ginger, oregano, thyme, basil, salt, and cayenne pepper.

Equipment Information

ninja double air fryer

Ninja® Foodi®XL 2-Basket Air Fryer

  • 2 independent XL air fryer baskets
  • Integrated Foodi® Smart Thermometer
  • Cook 2 foods 2 ways that finish at the same time

Expert Tips to Follow

  • Don’t crowd the basket. Allow room for air to circulate around each piece of chicken.
  • Place the temperature probe in the thickest part of the chicken without hitting the bone for the most accurate reading.
  • Allow the dry rub to sit on the chicken for as long as possible. It will build extra flavor.
  • Air fryers come in different wattages, which can affect their cooking power. You may need to cook your food more or less than I do, based on your air fryer’s wattage. Times and temps are a general guideline.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Quarters

Step 1: Season the Chicken

chicken quarters coating in dry rub.

Season the chicken with the dry rub. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Cook the Chicken

Uncooked chicken quarters in the air fryer basket

Position the chicken quarters inside the air fryer basket with enough space for air to circulate around each piece. If you are cooking 4 quarters, depending on the size of your air fryer, you might need to cook them in two separate batches.

Cook on 400˚F (204˚C) for 20 minutes. Flip the chicken and continue cooking for 10-12 more minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).

chicken quarters in the air fryer basket

Keep in mind that all air fryers vary in wattage. Yours might cook slightly faster or slower than the times indicated in the recipe.

Step 3: Rest

Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Air fryer chicken quarters

Cooking Temperature for Chicken

To ensure that chicken is cooked safely and properly, it should reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Using a food thermometer, insert it into the thickest part of the meat without touching the bone to accurately measure the internal temperature.

To ensure meat at the bone is no longer pink, you’d want to cook bone-in pieces, like thighs and wings, to 165°F (74°C) and let it rest to come up to 170°F (77°C).

How to Store

If you’re storing the chicken in the fridge, place it in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out. Store the chicken in the fridge for up to three to four days.

If you’re storing the chicken in the freezer, place it in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. Frozen grilled chicken can last up to three to four months in the freezer.

How to Reheat

You can reheat your chicken in the oven, on the stovetop, or in the microwave.

  • Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), cover the chicken with foil to prevent it from drying out, and heat it until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Depending on the size and quantity of your leftovers, this can take 10-20 minutes.
  • Stovetop: Heat a skillet over medium heat, add a bit of oil or broth to prevent the chicken from drying out, then add your chicken. Cook it, stirring occasionally, until it’s heated through and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • Microwave: Put the chicken in a microwave-safe dish, cover it with a microwave-safe lid or wrap it with microwave-safe plastic wrap, and heat it on medium power, stirring occasionally, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Be careful not to overcook it, as microwaves can dry out chicken quickly.
Air fryer chicken quarter on a plate with steamed veggies

What Side Dishes to Serve?

You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:

Here are 28 more air fryer side dishes to try

Questions About the Recipe

How do you not overcook chicken in the air fryer?

The best way to ensure that your chicken is juicy and not overdone and dry is to use a meat thermometer. Always check the internal temperature of the chicken to ensure it is cooked properly.

How long does it take to cook chicken quarters in an air fryer?

Cooking times can vary depending on the specific air fryer model and the size of the chicken quarters, but generally, it takes about 25-30 minutes at 400°F (204°C). It’s essential to use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C) for safe consumption.

Should I coat chicken in oil before air frying?

There is no need to use oil for cooking these chicken quarters. The skin will crisp up perfectly without it.

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Air fryer chicken quarters

Air Fryer Chicken Quarters

These Air Fryer Chicken Quarters have a flavorful dry rub that helps lock in the flavor while ensuring a crispy skin. Using the air fryer is one of the best ways to cook chicken quarters. Give it a try and you'll see.
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 330 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 4 chicken quarters
  • 1/4 cup (18 g) chicken dry rub

Instructions
 

  • Season the chicken with the dry rub. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Position the chicken quarters inside the air fryer basket with enough space for air to circulate around each piece. If you are cooking 4 quarters, depending on the size of your air fryer, you might need to cook them in two separate batches.
  • Cook on 400˚F (204˚C) for 20 minutes. Flip the chicken and continue cooking for 10-12 more minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

    • Don’t crowd the basket. Allow room for air to circulate around each piece of chicken.
    • Place the temperature probe in the thickest part of the chicken without hitting the bone for the most accurate reading.
    • Allow the dry rub to sit on the chicken for as long as possible. It will build extra flavor.
    • Air fryers come in different wattages, which can affect their cooking power. You may need to cook your food more or less than I do, based on your air fryer’s wattage. Times and temps are a general guideline.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 24gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 228IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 3mg
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