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Full Of Flavour Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Have you tried air fryer chicken thighs yet?

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

Read on to learn the easy steps to air frying perfect chicken thighs.

four chicken thighs on a plate next to an air fryer

How To Cook Chicken Thighs In An Air Fryer

This recipe uses four chicken thighs; scale up or down depending on how many you need.

What You Need For Air Fryer Chicken Thighs:

  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs – use more or less depending on how many you serve.
  • Seasoning – use 1 to 2 teaspoons of your favourite chicken seasoning; see below for some suggestions.
  • Oil – this is optional; I like to rub some olive oil over each chicken thigh to really crisp them up.
ingredients for air fryer chicken thighs

Chicken Seasoning Ideas

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;

seasoning for air fryer chicken thigh

Preparing Chicken Thighs For The Air Fryer

Start by preheating your air fryer to 200°C (400°F) for 5 minutes. This step isn’t essential, but I think it helps to really crisp up the skin.

Take the chicken thighs from the fridge and pat them dry with some kitchen roll. I like to rub a little olive oil over each chicken thigh, but this is optional.

Next, 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.

seasoned chicken thighs in a bowl

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

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.

chicken thighs in air fryer basket

I’ve used various different air fryers over the years; any model is good for chicken thighs.

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 5 minutes or as long as it takes to be cooked through.

You can use a meat thermometer to check they are cooked all the way through; it should be at 165°F (75°C).

golden crispy chicken thighs in air fryer

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

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golden crispy chicken thighs in air fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Yield: 4
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.


  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp chicken seasoning


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 200°C/400°F.
  2. Pat chicken thighs dry with some kitchen paper before adding a little oil and seasoning to coat them.
  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 165°F (75°C).
  5. Serve with your favourite side dish!

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Wednesday 4th of October 2023

Hello Liana I am going to try the chicken thighs this week, I like the variety of recepies for the different methods IE air fryer,soup maker and slow cook I have tried quite a few and enjoyed them,keep up the good work

Liana Green

Thursday 5th of October 2023

Thanks for your kind comments Derek!

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