Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

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Looking for a chicken side for your next dinner? Air fryer chicken thighs are a great idea!

Seasoned with a simple spice blend, these juicy chicken thighs can be enjoyed with lots of different veggies and carbs!

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Air fryer chicken thighs – so good!

Recipe Tips

Before you make chicken thighs in the air fryer, quickly read through these recipe tips so that you achieve the best results!

  • For this recipe, we used boneless skinless chicken thighs. If your chicken thighs are bone-in and/or skin-on, the cooking time can vary slightly.
  • We seasoned our chicken thighs with a simple spice blend (salt, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper). You can modify the seasonings to suit your personal preferences.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. The chicken thighs should fit into the air fryer in one layer – otherwise they might not cook evenly.
  • The size of the chicken thighs as well as your air fryer (some cook hotter than others) can affect cooking time. Always make sure to cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Let the chicken thighs sit for a couple of minutes after cooking so that some of the juices can re-absorb.
  • If you have frozen chicken, you can also make air fryer frozen chicken thighs, too!

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the complete instructions for how to make air fryer boneless chicken thighs, you can follow the recipe process photos in this section.

That way, you see exactly how we made our chicken thighs!

If you are feeling confident and want to skip the visuals, you can find the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

uncooked chicken thighs with spices on top in white bowl
Season the chicken thighs.

First, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Meanwhile, add the chicken thighs to a bowl. Drizzle oil on top, then sprinkle them with salt, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper.

chicken thighs being mixed in spices in white bowl with red tipped tongs
Make sure the chicken thighs are evenly coated.

Toss the thighs or gently mix with tongs until everything is evenly coated.

raw chicken thighs in black air fryer tray on counter top
Add the chicken thighs to the preheated air fryer.

When the air fryer is preheated, add the chicken thighs into the air fryer in one even layer.

Make sure there is no overlap or else the thighs might not cook evenly/thoroughly!

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Flip the chicken thighs halfway.

Cook the chicken thighs at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 16-20 minutes until fully cooked through and slightly crispy on the outside.

Flip the thighs halfway through cooking time.

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Make sure the chicken thighs are fully cooked.

The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

The exact cooking time varies by thickness of the chicken thighs and whether they have skin.

Your air fryer can also affect cooking time (some air fryers cook hotter than others).

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Chicken thighs in the air fryer – ready to serve!

When done, remove the cooked chicken thighs from the air fryer and let them sit for a couple of minutes. Then serve and enjoy!

You could serve them as part of a classic meal with baked potatoes, carrots, or even turnip fries!

Storage Tips

If you have leftover cooked chicken thighs, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge. Properly stored, they’ll last for 3-4 days in the fridge.

You can reheat these chicken thighs in the air fryer if you want. Just keep an eye on them so that they don’t overcook and dry out.

Related Recipes

If you are searching for more air fryer chicken recipes, be sure to check out these creations using fresh (not frozen) chicken:

cooked chicken thighs on white plate on wooden board

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are juicy and delicious. Coated in a blend of simple seasonings, these easy-to-make thighs make a great chicken dinner dish!
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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken thighs, boneless skinless (approximately 4-6; see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the chicken thighs to a bowl. Drizzle oil on top, then sprinkle them with salt, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper. Toss the thighs or gently mix with tongs until everything is evenly coated.
  • When the air fryer is preheated, add the chicken thighs into the air fryer in one even layer. Make sure there is no overlap or else the thighs might not cook evenly/thoroughly!
  • Cook the chicken thighs at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 16-20 minutes until fully cooked through and slightly crispy on the outside. Flip the thighs halfway through cooking time. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The exact cooking time varies by thickness of the chicken thighs, whether they have skin and your air fryer.
  • When done, remove the cooked chicken thighs from the air fryer and let them sit for a couple of minutes. Then serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • We used boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Chicken thighs with bone-in and skin-on will likely take a little bit longer to cook.
  • Also, the size of the chicken thighs can affect cooking time. Don't consume chicken that is not fully cooked. The internal temperature should be at 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 177kcal | Protein: 18g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 308mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Chicken

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