Boneless Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

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These Asian glazed boneless Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are tender on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. They’re smothered with a sweet Asian glaze and then topped with crunchy sesame seeds and green onions. It’s the perfect quick and easy Asian-inspired chicken recipe!

Cooked chicken thighs in an air fryer basket.


Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipe

Embrace the flavors of the East with our Asian Glazed Boneless Air Fryer Chicken Thighs. Delicately crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside, the luscious, sweet Asian glaze just takes them over the top! It’s the perfect chicken recipe for those busy nights when you want a delicious meal without the fuss. And thanks to the air fryer, we can do that swiftly and easily.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love my Air Fryer. I’m starting to wonder how I ever survived without it. With summer and warmer days just around the corner, you will want this little appliance. It doesn’t heat the whole house and cooks food that turns out juicy and crispy. I know this summer, it will be my go-to for air fryer chicken recipes when I don’t feel like standing in front of a hot stove. 

Boneless air fryer chicken thighs cut up and served on a plate with rice.

How Long To Cook Boneless Chicken Thighs In Air Fryer

  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs should be cooked at 400˚F for 8 minutes; flip over the chicken thighs and cook for 6 more minutes or until cooked through.
  • Bone-in skin-on chicken thighs should be cooked at 400˚F for 8 minutes; flip over the chicken thighs and continue to cook for 8 to 10 more minutes or until cooked to an internal temperature of 165˚F.

Ingredients For Chicken Thighs

This chicken recipe has all of the Asian flavors you love, and if you cook in this style often, you’ll likely have everything on hand.

  • boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
  • low sodium soy sauce or Tamari
  • honey
  • garlic
  • ketchup
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • dried oregano
  • sesame seeds and chopped green onions, for garnish, optional

How to Marinate Chicken Thighs

  • Marinating chicken is a process that plays a critical role in ensuring a tender and flavorful outcome in any chicken recipe. For this dish, begin by creating a blend of soy sauce, honey, garlic, ketchup, parsley, and oregano for the marinade.
  • Add the chicken to this savory concoction in a large bowl, ensuring all pieces are thoroughly coated. Cover the bowl and allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 8 hours for an even deeper flavor. If you’re marinating beyond 2 hours, the chicken should be refrigerated.
  • Before moving on with the recipe, set aside a 1/4-cup of the marinade, as it’ll serve as a glaze later on in the process.

How to Cook Boneless Chicken Thighs in Air Fryer

These Asian-glazed Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are both easy to make and tasty. They’re juicy on the inside with a light crisp on the outside, coated in a savory Asian glaze, and finished with sesame seeds and green onions.

  1. Prep: Preheat the air fryer to 400˚F.
  2. Cook: Remove the chicken from the marinade and transfer the chicken thighs to the air fryer basket. Cook for 8 minutes. Then, flip the chicken over and continue to cook it for 6 more minutes.
  3. Sauce: In the meantime, pour the reserved sauce in a small pan or pot and cook it over medium low heat for about 2 minutes or until it thickens and it’s slightly reduced.
  4. Serve: Remove chicken from the air fryer and transfer to a plate. Brush the reserved sauce over the chicken.
  5. Garnish the chicken with sesame seeds and green onions, and serve.
Cut-up cooked chicken thighs served over rice.

Tips for the Best Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

  • Ensuring your chicken thighs are not touching in the air fryer basket is crucial for even cooking. You’ll probably need to cook them in batches for optimal results. Typically, I find that my air fryer accommodates four chicken thighs comfortably without overlapping.
  • If you’re new to the air fryer and you’re not 100% sure the chicken is cooked through, use an instant read meat thermometer to make sure the chicken’s internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
  • Flip Halfway Through: For an even crisp, flip the chicken thighs halfway through the cooking time.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheating your air fryer before adding the chicken can help achieve a crispy and well-cooked result.
  • Rest Before Cutting: Allow your chicken to rest for a few minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the chicken, making it more flavorful and moist.
  • You could use this same technique with a different marinade or glaze. I’m thinking of an Italian theme, curry, or BBQ.

Serving Suggestions

  • I absolutely love this chicken served over Jasmine rice, or cauliflower rice if you’re a low-carb pal. If you’re feeling fancy, try it with a fried rice recipe.
  • On the side, I suggest broccolini, string beans, or snap peas. All go great with Asian flavors. I’d even add the sauce right over the veggies, too.
  • If you love this chicken but don’t want to go for a full-on Asian feast, you could serve roasted potatoes or smashed potatoes on the side instead of rice.
Top view of two glazed chicken thighs topped with sesame seeds and green onions, and served over white rice.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • To store your leftover chicken thighs, place them in an airtight container and pour the glaze over them. This will keep the chicken from drying out. Then, you can store them in your fridge for 3 to 4 days.
  • If you choose to freeze them, just make sure your airtight container is freezer safe and store them in the freezer for about 3 months.
  • To reheat, simply place the chicken and sauce on a baking sheet and heat in the oven until heated through.

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Boneless Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

These juicy marinated Air Fryer Asian Glazed Chicken Thighs are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. They're smothered with a sweet Asian glaze and then topped with crunchy sesame seeds and green onions.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4


  • 8 boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 cloves garlic,, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • sesame seeds,, for garnish, optional
  • chopped green onions,, for garnish, optional
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  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, garlic, ketchup, parsley, and oregano; whisk until completely incorporated. Reserve 1/4-cup of the marinade in a small bowl and set aside for later. Pour the remaining marinade into a large bowl.
  • Add chicken to the marinade; cover and marinate for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours. Refrigerate the chicken if you are not planning to cook it within 2 hours.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400˚F.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and transfer 4 chicken thighs to the air fryer; you’ll have to cook in batches. Cook for 8 minutes; flip the chicken over and continue to cook for 6 more minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Continue with the rest of the chicken.
  • In the meantime, pour the reserved sauce into a small pan or pot and cook over medium-low heat for about 2 minutes or until it thickens and is slightly reduced.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and transfer to a plate. Brush the warm glaze over the chicken thighs.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, and serve.


  • Avoid Overcrowding: Give the chicken thighs ample space in the air fryer for even cooking and crispiness.
  • Use a Thermometer: Check chicken doneness with a meat thermometer – chicken is done when its internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Flip the chicken halfway through cooking for an evenly crispy exterior.
  • Marinate/Season: Maximize flavor by marinating for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat: Start with a preheated air fryer for optimal crispness.
  • Rest Post-Cooking: Allow thighs to rest a few minutes after cooking for juicier results.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 1300mg | Potassium: 657mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Edward Bear says:

    Marinating works better if you put the chicken and marinade in a gallon plastic bag. Squeeze the air out before sealing. In a bowl most of the marinating occurs below the “water line” and is uneven if you don’t turn the chicken frequently. In a bag with no air, it’s all chicken and marinade in contact with each other.

  2. Dee says:

    My ninja air fryer completely charred the chicken and it couldn’t be eaten. Prepped and cooked as instructed. Bummed.

  3. TouchedPainter says:

    I first got the air-fryer that is a drawer; I loved it so much I needed to get bigger, and bought the 12qt GoWISE AF oven this past summer. 2 months ago, I put away the toaster oven and use the air-fryer oven in conjunction with the microwave every day, all day. I only use the big built in oven/range for things that don’t fit in the air-fryer; and not very often at all. I amended this recipe a little to make, Asian Orange Chicken using an Asian Orange Sauce I got on Amazon. thank you for this recipe, it is amazing. I have also printed out several other of your recipes, and will be back to check out more. I CAN NOT EMPHASISE ENOUGH HOW AWSOME AIR-FRYER ARE… NO KITCHEN SHOULD EVER BE WITHOUT ONE. Oh ya, GoWise, a great machine, at Amazon are the best prices I have been able to find, so far.
    Thank you so much for your amazing recipes. I will be back.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  4. Devan says:

    Could bbq sauce be replaced instead of ketchup? Thank you !

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Sure! That’d be delicious. 😊