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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
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).
Remove the chicken thighs from the air fryer and serve with your favourite side dish!
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- Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks
- Air Fryer Honey and Mustard Chicken Thighs
- Air Fryer Whole Chicken
- Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
- Air Fryer Chicken Kiev