Air Fryer Chicken Thighs – Spend money.


Crispy skin, juicy meat, and only 5 minutes of preparation – these are an easy favorite!

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are simple, incredibly delicious and ready in about 20 minutes!

Air fryer chicken thighs on a plate

Easy way to prepare chicken

  • There are crispy chicken thighs. Easy to make In an air fryer, and they are Budget friendly.
  • An air fryer cooks thighs much faster and with less mess than an oven.
  • Just season and cook – this recipe only requires a few ingredients.
Ingredients for making Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

chicken thighs – This recipe uses bone-in chicken thighs with skin on. You can cook chicken thighs from frozen, however I prefer to thaw them first if time permits. See the recipe for boneless chicken thighs.

The oilOlive oil helps the skin crisp and the spice stick. You can skip the oil and spray the thighs with cooking spray if desired.

spices – Use pre-made chicken seasoning or mix in the DIY recipe below. Feel free to add your favorite spices and seasonings – almost anything goes!

Place the air fryer in the air fryer before cooking the chicken thighs.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

  1. Preheat air fryer to 380°F.
  2. Toss the chicken with the oil and seasonings and place in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry for 20-22 minutes.

Air fryer chicken thighs pair well with vegetables like broccoli, roasted potatoes, and salads.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Cooked in Air Fryer

Tips for Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

  • Preheat the air fryer for best results.
  • I recommend skin-on chicken thighs for extra crunch.
  • Avoid crowding the air fryer so that the food cooks evenly.
  • To avoid over- or undercooking, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. For chicken, it should read 165°F in the thickest part (away from the bone).

Storing leftovers

Refrigerate the air fryer chicken thighs in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Cool them or reheat them in the air fryer.

Freeze the thighs in a ziplock bag for up to 1 month and reheat them in the air fryer at 50% power, turning them every few minutes.

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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

These 3 Ingredient Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are so easy to cook in the Air Fryer! They come out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside every time.

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 25 minutes

Full time 30 minutes

A black air fryer
Instant read thermometer on white background

seasoning blend (or use pre-made chicken seasoning)

  • Preheat air fryer to 380°F.

  • Combine the spice mix in a small bowl.

  • Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Place them in a medium bowl and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle both sides generously with the seasoning.

  • Place the chicken thighs in the basket, skin side down, and cook for 12 minutes. Flip them over and cook for another 8-10 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165°F.

  • Transfer the chicken to a place and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Cooking time may vary slightly based on the size of the chicken thighs (and the brand of air fryer). Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
For the frozen chicken thighs: Bake at 360°F for 25-28 minutes.
For the boneless skinless chicken thighs: 6 Use skinless chicken thighs, and cook at 400°F for 12 to 14 minutes, flipping the chicken after 6 minutes.
Preheat the air fryer for best results.
Starting skin down on the thighs and flipping them creates crisp skin without burning the herbs.

Calories: 168 | Carbohydrates: 1Yes | Protein: 22Yes | fat: 8Yes | Saturated Fat: 2Yes | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1Yes | Monounsaturated fats: 4Yes | Trans fats: 1Yes | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 1Yes | Sugar: 1Yes | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, dinner, entree, main course
the meal American
Air fryer with chicken thighs and tittle
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs in Fryer with Writing
Place the air fryer chicken thighs in the fryer and with a lid
Close-up of air fryer chicken thighs with lettering


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