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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

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These crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs have become a weeknight staple in my house. An easy recipe that you can whip up super fast!

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

These easy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs take only minutes to prep and are very versatile. You can switch up the spices to change the flavors. This recipe can serve 3 to 6 people, depending on how many thighs you want per serving. To make it a meal I usually serve it with a big salad on the side. More air fryer recipes you may love are these Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets, Air Fryer Chicken Milanese, and Air Fryer Chicken Breast.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Chicken Thigh Ingredients

  • Chicken Thighs: I used bone-in chicken thighs with the skin on. If you use boneless thighs, you’ll need to reduce the cooking time. Once they reach 165°F with a meat thermometer, they’re done.
  • Lemon: Squeeze the juice from half a lemon.
  • Spices: Salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, sweet paprika, and dried herbs, like herbs de Provence

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

  • Season Chicken: Squeeze lemon juice over the thighs. Next, sprinkle them with all the spices and rub them in.
  • Air fry the chicken thighs at 400°F for 24 minutes, flipping them over halfway. If all six won’t fit in the machine at the same time, cook the chicken in batches.

Are chicken thighs still healthy?

Although chicken thighs have more fat and calories than chicken breasts, they are still a healthy option packed with protein and other nutrients. Plus, they just taste better! I think they’re much more exciting and flavorful than chicken breasts. I personally love the skin, but if you’re looking to cut calories, you can eat them without it. It also helps to cook them in a healthy way, and the air fryer is perfect for that since it uses little to no oil.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

I serve these juicy chicken thighs with a big green salad and a veggie on the side, like roasted butternut squash, shredded brussels sprouts, or roasted green beans. They’d also be good with a quinoa salad, tomato soup, or pasta.

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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

4.90 from 55 votes
These crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs have become a weeknight staple in my house. An easy recipe that you can whip up super fast!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 24 mins
Total: 29 mins
Yield: 6 pieces
Serving Size: 1 thigh


  • 6 chicken thighs, with bone and skin
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs , such as herbs de provence or dried oregano


  • Season the chicken with the juice of 1/2 of the lemon, then season with remaining spices on both sides.
  • Rub the seasoning well all over the chicken then transfer to the air fryer, skin side down.
  • Air fry 400F 12 minutes on each side, until golden and crispy and cooked through in the center.

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Chicken calculated with skin on. Nutritional info will be less if removing the skin before eating.
For boneless chicken thighs in the air fryer you can refer to this recipe.


Serving: 1 thigh, Calories: 213 kcal, Carbohydrates: 1.5 g, Protein: 16 g, Fat: 15.5 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Sodium: 263 mg


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101 comments on “Air Fryer Chicken Thighs”

  1. This recipe was FANTASTIC! I made it exactly according to the directions, but added 4 additional minutes cooking time on each side, as I like to be sure my chicken is DONE. 16 minutes on each side was absolutely perfect! Definitely a keeper!

  2. This was a life saver. Not only for time but flavor. The skin was crispy and tasty, with moist. Told to make this again. This was my first time using the air fryer with chicken. Thank you for a great recipe.

  3. I love chicken thighs and this recipe didn’t disappoint! The only think I did differently was use a local market mixed seasoning as my herb mix and cooked about 10 mins longer. At the recommended time, I still had red and not clear juices. Otherwise, this was perfect!

  4. This was delish! Quick, easy, crispy and juicy! I have made it twice already. Thanks for another yummy recipe!

  5. Being Greek I always season with lemon, olive oil and oregano. I am new to the air fryer. The chicken came out moist and delicious.

  6. I make this recipe every couple weeks. It’s easy, delicious and full of flavor!!! I add some of my own spices(cumin, and turmeric)but it’s great!

    1. I use my convection oven which is part of my double oven. The convection acts like an air fryer.
      So I used the same temperature and time to cook the chicken in your oven air fryer option.

    2. My oven has the air fry option and this recipe turned out great! Depending on the size of the thighs time will vary a bit but the temperature will be the same. Very important to have a rack to place chicken on and a tray that catch any dripping. No need to turn chicken over as the rack should be about a couple inches higher then the tray!

  7. I never liked dark meat chicken until I tried several of your recipes. This is a bi-weekly rotation in our house. Thank you for all the delicious dishes, they never disappoint.

  8. This is a family favorite at our house from the 1st grader all the way up! We add a 1/2 tsp of Pleasoning Chicken Seasoning to the rub and enjoy! This makes great leftovers, that is if it isn’t all gobbled up…Yummo! Highly recommend it – ready in a jiffy too!

  9. Delicious only had fresh lime juice but otherwise didn’t change a thing. Crunchy delicious skin will definitely make again

  10. It was fast and easy to make. It came out very juicy and delicious. I will defiantly add this to my cookbook and make it again.

  11. My air fryer is small and I would have to cook in batches. How can I keep the cooked chicken warm for serving without it drying up or getting soggy?

    1. Set it aside, then when the second batch is done, add it all back together and heat everything 1 minute

  12. We made these last night but instead of lemon juice we soaked the thighs in buttermilk all day (like your whole chicken recipe) and they were delicious! 

  13. After reading the comments (and my own cooking knowledge) I started at 350, flipped after 15 minutes, and raised the temperature to 375. For another 15 minutes. The looked fabulous and we’re delicious! Wish I could post a photo!

  14. This was excellent! I didn’t have enough – we were fighting for the last piece. I added chipotle pepper to the seasoning and it was crispy and amazing. Adding this to the weekly rotation.