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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are a quick and delicious dinner to make any night of the week. They are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and ready in less than 25 minutes!!

Close up image of six crispy chicken thighs on a white platter.

This is one of those recipes that doesn’t feel like a recipe!! They could not be any simpler to make, and they are crazy delicious.

Ingredients:

Six skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs on a large plate with southwest seasoning in a small bowl.
  • Six bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs – about two pounds. They skin gets crispy and keeps the inside nice and juicy. Six is the most that will fit in the air fryer basket without overcrowding.
  • Southwest seasoning – this is my all-purpose, use on everything seasoning! Feel free to substitute your own favorite if you prefer, they will be delicious either way.

How to make chicken thighs in an air fryer:

Place chicken thighs on a large plate and sprinkle seasoning over both sides.

Six chicken thighs on a large plate sprinkled with seasoning.

Plug in the air fryer and press the “Air Fry” button. Next, press the “Time” button and set the time for 22 minutes by turning the knob. Then press the “Temperature” button and turn the knob to 380 degrees. Press start to preheat.

Air Fryer set to twenty two minutes at three hundred eighty degrees.

When the air fryer beeps, open the basket and place the chicken thighs inside skin-side down. Secure the basket to start cooking.

Six chicken thighs skin side down in an air fryer basket.

Set a timer for eleven minutes, mine does not display the alert to “Turn Food” until three minutes until it is finished cooking.

Remove the basket and flip the chicken thighs over. Secure the basket again and cook for the remaining eleven minutes.

Remove the chicken and allow to rest for ten minutes before serving.

Six crispy bone-in chicken thighs on a white platter with dark blue rim, sitting on a blue and white striped towel with two blue glasses in an right hand corner.

Serving suggestions:

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • My goal was to create moist and juicy chicken thighs so I have not tried boneless, skinless thighs in the air fryer.
  • You may not need all of the seasoning, I cut the original recipe down as low as I could and still have the amounts work out.
  • To be safe, use an instant read thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees the first few times that you make them.
  • If your chicken thighs are smaller than mine, you may want to adjust the cooking time down a bit. Just like regular ovens, air fryers cook differently as well.

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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are a quick and delicious dinner that is crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, in less than 25 minutes!!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy chicken thighs recipe
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 339kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

Southwest Seasoning

  • 0.5 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 0.5 tablespoon onion powder
  • 0.5 tablespoon chili powder
  • 0.5 tablespoon paprika
  • .25 teaspoon cumin
  • .25 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 chicken thighs about 2 pounds

Instructions

  • Mix the seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Place chicken thighs on a large plate and sprinkle seasoning over both sides.
  • Plug in the air fryer and press the "Air Fry" button. Next, press the "Time" button and set the time for 22 minutes by turning the knob. Then press the "Temperature" button and turn the knob to 380 degrees. Press start to preheat.
  • When the air fryer beeps, open the basket and place the chicken thighs inside skin-side down. Secure the basket to start cooking.
  • Set a timer for eleven minutes, mine does not display the alert to "Turn Food" until three minutes until it is finished cooking.
  • Remove the basket and flip the chicken thighs over. Secure the basket again and cook for the remaining eleven minutes.
  • Remove the chicken and allow to rest for ten minutes before serving.

Notes

  • My goal was to create moist and juicy chicken thighs so I have not tried boneless, skinless thighs in the air fryer.
  • You may not need all of the seasoning, I cut the original recipe down as low as I could and still have the amounts work out.
  • To be safe, use an instant read thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees the first few times that you make them.
  • If your chicken thighs are smaller than mine, you may want to adjust the cooking time down a bit. Just like regular ovens, air fryers cook differently as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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