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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

by Karly

AIR FRYER CHICKEN THIGHS turn out so moist and juicy on the inside with the perfect crispy skin! These chicken thighs cook in just 20 minutes, making them the perfect weeknight dinner!

Close up of a cooked chicken thigh in an air fryer basket.

Okay, I’ve gotta know…are you a dark meat or white meat person?

Personally, I prefer the white meat, but my kids LOVE dark meat! Our air fryer chicken legs are a major favorite in this house!

We decided to test out our air fryer on some chicken thighs and oh man. Total perfection.

Crispy skin, moist and tender meat, and it’s all ready in less than 30 minutes? Sign me up for that every night of the week!

These are delicious with our air fryer green beans and air fryer sweet potato cubes. Yes – we often do the whole dinner in our air fryers…we have three. 😉

Ingredient Notes:

Chicken thigh ingredients spread out on a counter.

Chicken-We are using bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe. Definitely want the skin on as it is the best part!

Seasonings– We are trying to keep it simple with just 5 different seasonings. We like using smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. This is our go to seasoning for meat.

How to make air fried chicken thighs:

Close up of raw chicken thighs in an air fryer basket.

Season the chicken- Add the chicken, oil, and all of the seasonings except for the parsley to a zip top bag and seal. Move your chicken all around inside the freezer bag to coat the chicken in the seasoning.

Overhead view of four chicken thighs in an air fryer basket on a white counter top.

Cook the chicken- Place the thighs in your air fryer with the skin down and cook for 10 minutes. Then flip the chicken over and cook for 10 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with parsley for serving.

close up of cooked and seasoned chicken thigh in an air fryer basket.


What should I serve with chicken thighs?

Roasted vegetables, such as green beans, asparagus, and broccoli are always a good option. Baked or mashed potatoes are also a favorite with chicken.

Why are thighs (usually) cheaper than other chicken meats?

Thighs, while richest in flavor, are the least desired portion of chicken for consumers. This seems to be because they take longer to cook and because the bones annoy some people to try and eat around.

How do I store and reheat leftover chicken thighs?

Store in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 5 days. Reheat in your air fryer at 350 degrees F until warm.

Chicken thigh meal on a small black plate

More air fried chicken recipes you might like:

Overhead view of four chicken thighs in an air fryer.

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close up of cooked and seasoned chicken thigh in an air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Yield: 4 thighs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

The air fryer really turns out the perfect chicken. It's so moist and tender with a perfectly crispy skin. Plus, these only take around 20 minutes so they're easy enough for any night.


  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley


  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the parsley to a large zip top bag and seal. Smush the chicken around in the bag to coat in the seasoning.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees for 5 minutes. 
  3. Place the chicken thighs, skin side down, in the air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Flip the chicken over and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees.


Sprinkle chicken with parsley just before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 756mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 31g

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Ed November 18, 2021 - 1:06 pm

Just bought 20 pounds of back attached chicken thighs at 89¢/ pound, cheaper than apples around here. Separated the backs from the thighs, did a few thighs according to the recipe (froze the rest) and they turned out amazing. Put BBQ sauce on them for the last 5 minutes. Didn’t want to waste the backs or make broth so I ended up seasoning the chicken backs and cooking in the air fryer, great to nibble on. Thank-you for a great, straight forward recipe.

Karly November 20, 2021 - 6:35 am

Sounds delicious! Thanks, Ed!


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