These incredibly easy air fryer chicken thighs are juicy and crispy with just the right amount of herbs and seasonings. This easy recipe works perfectly for bone-in or boneless chicken and skin-on or skinless.
These air fryer chicken thighs are seasoned to absolute perfection. Using your air fryer is a great way to get the crispiest skin and the juiciest chicken.
Air frying is the best way to cook the crispiest chicken thighs in less time and without deep frying. Coated with my simple homemade chicken seasoning, these flavorful chicken thighs not only make an easy dinner for busy weeknights that your whole family will love, but they’re perfect for healthy eating meal prep too.
Tip: You can add halved brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc. at the halfway point and it will cook right along with your chicken.
- Olive Oil
- Chicken Thighs – Bone in or boneless, skin on or skinless (see tips below)
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder
How to make air fryer chicken thighs
- In a small bowl combine the salt and spices with oil to create a paste.
- Coat raw chicken thighs with the seasoning mixture.
- Place chicken thighs in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
- Cook your chicken thighs at 360-degrees for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.
- Cooking time will vary based on the thickness of your chicken thighs. If they are not fully cooked, return them to the air fryer and cook for 2-3 minutes longer.
For skin on chicken thighs
For skin on chicken thighs, after the cook time is up, increase the temperature to 400 degrees and cook skin side up for an additional 5 minutes to crisp up the skin.
How to make ahead & store
360-degrees makes for deliciously moist and flavorful chicken in the air fryer.
Cook your chicken thighs at 360-degrees for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer. Cooking time will vary based on the thickness of your chicken thighs.
For best results, first let the chicken sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Then, preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees. Arrange the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for about four minutes, flipping halfway through.
Sides for air fried chicken
- Vegan Caesar Salad
- Sauteed Spinach
- Easy Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream
- Glazed Carrots
- Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons
- Easy Arugula Salad
- More → side dishes to serve with chicken
Sauces for chicken thighs
- Buffalo Sauce
- Peri Peri Sauce
- Jerk Sauce
- Mushroom Sauce
- Honey Mustard
- BBQ Sauce
- White BBQ Sauce
- More → 25+ tasty sauces for chicken
More air fryer recipes
- Buffalo Wings
- Chicken Drumsticks
- Toasted Ravioli
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Chicken Breasts
- Baked Potatoes
- Chicken Tenders
- Chinese Chicken Wings
More poultry recipes
- Sous Vide Chicken Breasts
- Sous Vide Miso Chicken Recipe
- Leftover chicken soup
- Easy Turkey Swedish Meatballs
- Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipe
- In a small bowl combine the salt and spices with oil to create a paste. Coat chicken thighs with the paste.
- Place in the air fryer basket and cook at 360-degrees for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the internal temperature reaches 165-degrees.
- Can add halved brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc. at the halfway point.
- For skin on chicken thighs, after the cook time is up, increase the temperature to 400 degrees and cook skin side up for an additional 5 minutes to crisp up the skin.
Note: This recipe was adjusted in January 2023 to change the amount of salt in the recipe. Some readers commented that the chicken was too salty for them. This is due to the fact that I typically cook with Diamond Kosher Salt which is about 50% less salty than table or other salt (more on that here).
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