RECIPE: Gluten-Free Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken Thighs with a Cilantro-Garlic Aioli

If you haven’t peeped my Destination: Nashville guide yet, then this may come as a surprise to you: Nashville Hot Chicken is my shit.

And if there’s one thing you absolutely must do in Nashville, it’s get some chicken.

But when you’re stuck at home sans the real deal, what’s a gal to do? Improvise, I say!

This recipe uses the Ninja Foodie Air Fryer, which is downright the best appliance you will ever own. Air frying food not only significantly cuts down on cook time, but it’s healthier and gets the food crispier. Once you make something in it, you’ll be hooked, I swear.

Check out the Nina Foodie Air Fryer here.

And since y’all know I have a gluten issue, I’m gunna go ahead and make this recipe gluten free too, which is definitely not the case with regular Nashville Hot Chicken. But, we’ll still get the skin nice and crispy since we’re using the air fryer, which will mimic the typical crunch you get from the breading.

I would definitely recommend serving this up on a sandwich with some pickles, as is the traditional method.

GLUTEN-FREE AIR FRYER NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN THIGHS WITH A CILANTRO-GARLIC AILOI

Serves 2-4 people

Ingredients:

For the Chicken:

-4 bone-in chicken thighs

-4 tbsp. olive oil

-salt and pepper

For the Nashville Hot Sauce:

-4 tbsp. butter, melted

-4-5 tbsp. Bold Sauce Co. Sweet Habanero Sauce (depending on how HOT you want it). Order your sauce here, and use code GINGER when you order to save 10%!

For the Cilantro-Garlic Aioli:

-2 cloves garlic, minced

-1/4 cup cilantro with stems on, loosely packed in the measuring cup

-1 tsp. salt

-1/4 tsp. black pepper

-1/2 tsp. onion powder

-2 tbsp. Primal Kitchen Mayo

-1 tsp. olive oil

-2 tbsp. whole milk

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat your Ninja Foodie Air Fryer to 400 degrees. Place the rack inside the fryer basket.

Step 2: Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, and generously season with salt, pepper and olive oil.

Step 3: Arrange the chicken in the air fryer so that two thighs are on the bottom in the basket, and the other two are on the rack. Cook for 18 minutes.

Step 4: Meanwhile, prepare your Cilantro-Garlic Aioli.

Add garlic, spices and cilantro to a food processor and blend thoroughly.

Once blended, add mayo, olive oil and milk, then blend again until fully mixed.

Step 5: Once the chicken is done, remove it from the air fryer using tongs and place it on a cutting board to rest.

Step 6: Prepare your Nashville Hot Sauce.

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Then add the Bold Sauce Co. Sweet Habanero Sauce and mix well, continuously stirring for 2-3 minutes.

Order your sauce here, and use code GINGER when you order to save 10%!

Step 7: Transfer the chicken to a large mixing bowl and pour the hot sauce over the chicken. Serve immediately.


Hey kids! Just a heads up that this post may contain affiliate links to products I love and use. If you take action after clicking one of these links (i.e. subscribe, make a purchase, etc.) I’ll earn a bit of a commission, which helps me keep this blog up and running – so you can keep finding dope recipes like this one to recreate yourself! Thanks in advance for supporting The Northeast Ginger – xoxo Gossip Girl

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