Air Fryer Chicken Thighs – Spend With Pennies

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

Air fryer chicken thighs are simply seasoned, incredibly delicious and ready in about 20 minutes!

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs on a plate

An Easy Way to Prepare Chicken

  • Crispy chicken thighs are easy to make in an air fryer, and they’re budget-friendly.
  • The air fryer cooks thighs much faster than the oven and with less mess.
  • Simply Season and cook – this recipe requires just a few ingredients.
ingredients to make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Chicken Thighs – This recipe uses bone-in chicken thighs with skin. You can cook chicken thighs right from frozen however, I prefer to thaw them first if time allows. See recipe notes for boneless chicken thighs.

OilOlive oil helps the skin crisp and the seasonings stick. You can skip the oil and spray the thighs with cooking spray if desired.

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

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs in the air fryer before cooking

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

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

Air fryer chicken thighs pair well with veggies like broccoli, roasted potatoes, and a salad.

cooked Air Fryer Chicken Thighs in the air fryer

Tips for Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

  • Preheat the air fryer for the best results.
  • I recommend skin-on chicken thighs for extra crunch.
  • Avoid crowding the air fryer so the food cooks evenly.
  • To prevent 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

Keep leftover air fryer chicken thighs in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Enjoy them cold or reheat them in the air fryer.

Freeze thighs in a zippered bag for up to 1 month and reheat them on 50% power in the air fryer, flipping 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 turn out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside every time.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Seasoning Blend (or use pre-made chicken seasoning)

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.

  • Combine the seasoning 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 seasoning.

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

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

Cook time can vary slightly based on the size of chicken thighs (and brand of Air Fryer). Ensure internal chicken temp reaches 165°F.
For frozen chicken thighs: Cook at 360°F for 25-28 minutes.
For boneless skinless chicken thighs: Use 6 boneless 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 the thighs skin-side down and flipping them makes for crisp skin without burning the seasonings.

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

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

Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
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