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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Cooking chicken thighs in an air fryer is the perfect way to enjoy crispy-skinned and juicy chicken in less than 30 minutes.

air fryer chicken thighs

Chicken Thigh Flavourings

The flavour of these air fryer chicken thighs can be altered depending on what taste you are in the mood for. Add any type of seasoning you feel inspired to;

  • Piri Piri
  • Curry
  • Garlic
  • Chilli
  • Fajita
  • Chinese Five Spice
seasoning for air fryer chicken thigh

For this recipe, I used Season-All – salt, paprika, and pepper.

Cooking Chicken Thighs In An Air Fryer

Start by preheating your air fryer at 200C (400f) for 5 minutes.

raw chicken thighs in a bowl

Take the chicken thighs from the fridge and pat dry with some kitchen roll. Generously season the thighs ensuring they are well coated. You can either do this in a bowl or a ziplock bag. I prefer to use a bowl as I find it easier to clean out but use what you prefer to.

seasoned chicken thighs

Note: the step of seasoning can be done the day before, or a few hours in advance if you want to prepare ahead of time.

Lightly spray the air fryer basket and any trivet you might be using. I only use a little oil to prevent any sticking and to also help crisp up the thighs a little more.

low cal spray for air frying

Place the chicken thighs in the air fryer. How many you can do at a time will depend on the size of your air fryer.

I used a Ninja Foodi when air frying these and with the addition of a trivet, I cooked 7 chicken thighs at the same time.

chicken thighs in air fryer on rack

Cook the chicken thighs for 10 minutes before turning them over. Cook for another 10 minutes. They should be crisped up and ready by now but if they are not put them back in for a further 5 minutes, or as long as it takes for them to be cooked through.

To check they are cooked all the way through you can use a meat thermometer – it should be at 165F (75C).

chicken thighs in air fryer

Remove the chicken thighs from the air fryer and serve with your favourite side dish!

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air fryer chicken thighs

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Air fryer chicken thighs are quick to prepare and are ready in less than 30 minutes. Season with your favourite herbs and spices for the perfect air fried chicken meal.


  • 1kg chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp Season All


  1. Preheat air fryer to 200C/400F.
  2. Pat chicken thighs dry with some kitchen paper before seasoning.
  3. Put seasoned chicken thighs in the hot air fryer. Depending on the size of your air fryer you may need to do this in batches, or, if you can, use a trivet or shelf.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes before turning the thighs over. Cook for a further 10 minutes. They should be crispy and cooked through - if they are not, return them to the air fryer for a further 5 minutes, or until they are cooked. The internal temperature should be 165F (75C).
  5. Serve with your favourite side dish!

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