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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

These crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are delicious, quick, and seriously juicy! With plenty of garlic and herbs, our air-fried chicken thighs make for a fantastic meal.

overhead shot of three cooked chicken thighs placed inside a black air fryer basket.


This juicy and crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs recipe combines ease, speed, and flavor, perfect for busy days. This chicken is versatile enough to pair with any side, from soups to salads, and the best part is that it’s super quick, cooking in just about 20 minutes, making it a go-to option for a tasty, hassle-free dinner that everyone will love. The air fryer not only simplifies the cooking process but also makes it quicker, healthier, and more flavorsome.

Why We Love This Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipe

  • Efficient: The air fryer streamlines the cooking process, making it quick and hassle-free, perfect for busy schedules or last-minute meals.
  • Healthier Cooking Method: Air frying requires less oil than traditional frying methods, resulting in a lighter and less greasy dish without compromising on flavor.
  • Flavor-packed: The combination of spices like paprika, garlic powder, and herbs ensures that each bite of the chicken bursts with flavor and deliciousness.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chicken Thighs: Bone-in, skin-on thighs are super-flavorful and are easy to cook without drying them out.
  • Oil: Olive oil is my favorite, but you could also use peanut oil, avocado oil, or any other neutral cooking oil that you like.
  • Herbs, Spices, and Seasonings: Garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano and thyme, salt, pepper, and paprika bring out the best in simple baked chicken.

How To Make Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

  1. Prep the Chicken. Pat the chicken thighs dry with some clean paper towels.
  2. Season the Chicken. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix well, then rub the seasoning mixture all over the chicken thighs. 
  3. Air-Fry the Chicken Thighs. Place the chicken thighs in the air fryer basket, skin side down. Lightly spritz the chicken with oil, and cook for 8 minutes. Flip the chicken thighs and cook for 8 to 10 more minutes or until done. Chicken is done when its internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
  4. Cool and Serve. Remove the chicken from the air fryer, and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Tips

  • Cooking Time: The exact cook time will depend on the size of your chicken thighs, so keep that in mind when cooking and always check for doneness before serving. The easiest and most accurate way to check for doneness is when you use a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer deeply into the meat, but do not let it touch the bone, or the temperature won’t be accurate. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can test the chicken for doneness by cutting into the meat and pulling it away from the bone. If the meat comes away from the bone easily, and the juices run clear, the chicken is done.
  • Crispier Chicken: If you like your chicken crispier, just air-fry for an additional minute or two.
  • To avoid those extra 100+ calories, remove the skin before consuming, but not before cooking. Keeping the skin on while cooking is probably the best way to preserve flavor and moisture.
cooked and sliced chicken thigh on a white dinner plate, served alongside sugar snap peas, and a fork placed next to the chicken.

What to Serve with Chicken

Crispy chicken is good, but it really shines when you add my favorite salad, which is this Shopska (Macedonian Chopped Salad). This Creamy Asparagus Pasta Recipe is a comforting yet nutritious pasta dish that goes beautifully with chicken. My Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes are excellent with almost anything, but chicken thighs are a perfect companion.

overhead close up shot of cooked chicken thighs placed inside a black air fryer basket.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Place leftovers in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  • To freeze cooked chicken thighs, take the meat off the bone and pack it into a freezer bag. Press out as much air as possible before sealing, and keep it in the freezer for 3 to 4 months. Thaw before reheating.
  • To reheat the chicken thighs, just warm them in the oven at 350°F until heated through. You can also take the meat off the bone, and warm it on the stove, in a skillet over low to medium heat.

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overhead shot of three cooked chicken thighs placed inside a black air fryer basket.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Katerina | Diethood
Whip up these flavorful, garlicky, and crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs for a delicious dinner, prepared much quicker than traditional oven-baked methods.
5 from 14 votes
Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400˚F.
  • Pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towels.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper; mix until well incorporated.
  • Brush the seasoning rub all over the chicken thighs.
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • Place the chicken thighs in the air fryer basket, skin side down. If the basket is too small for all four chicken thighs, you can cook them in batches.
  • Lightly spray the chicken thighs with cooking oil and cook for 8 minutes; flip the chicken thighs and continue to cook for 8 to 10 more minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken thighs registers at 165˚F. The exact cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken.
  • For crispier chicken, cook them a little longer, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken thighs from the air fryer and rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.


  • Preheat the Air Fryer for a few minutes before adding the chicken can help achieve a crispier skin.
  • For extra crispy skin, pat dry the chicken thighs before seasoning. Moisture can prevent the skin from crisping up.
  • Avoid overcrowding the basket; the thighs should not touch each other to ensure even cooking and crispiness. Please make sure to cook in batches if necessary.
  • Note that the size of the thighs can and will affect cooking time. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
  • For crispier chicken, add another 1 to 2 minutes to the air fryer.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. For freezing, remove meat from the bone, store it in a freezer bag, and freeze for up to 4 months. Defrost before reheating.


Serving: 1 piece | Calories: 387 kcal | Carbohydrates: 2 g | Protein: 24 g | Fat: 31 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 142 mg | Sodium: 404 mg | Potassium: 341 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 616 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 24 mg | Iron: 2 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken thighs recipe, air fryer recipes healthy, bone in chicken thighs recipe, how to cook chicken thighs
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