Air Fryer Crispy Sumac Chicken with Lemons
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Air Fryer Crispy Sumac Chicken

Air Fryer Crispy Sumac Chicken is a Middle Eastern dish, which is very simple to make and uses few ingredients.  The Sumac herb adds a delicious and flavorful tangy lemon flavor, without any bitter or tart taste.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Marinate Time1 hr
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings: 4
Author: Jill Selkowitz


For Plating

  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • pinch Ground Sumac


  • Cut Chicken into pieces and place into a 2 quart container or a baggie.  Cut one Lemon in half and squeeze juice from one half over Chicken.
  • Use a microplane and Zest the spent Lemon Half.   Add Olive Oil, Garlic, Ground Sumac, Salt and 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest to the container and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours.
  • Slice the rest of the Lemons and place Lemon slices in Air Fryer Basket. Place Chicken pieces on top, skin side up.  Spray Chicken with Oil. 
  • Cook at 350 for 35 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and Chicken Skin is brown and crispy.
  • Remove Chicken from Air Fryer and place Chicken onto a serving plate.  Remove Air Fryer Basket from Drawer. Use a spoon to remove the surface fat. Spoon a little Sauce over Chicken and Rice.
  • Serve with a Roasted Plum Tomato, Basmati Rice and a sprinkling of Lemon Zest, Ground Sumac and Fresh Cilantro.