The Best Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

The Best Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are super juicy inside with extra crispy seasoned skin. Once you try them, you will never want to cook them any other way!

The Best Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are super juicy inside with extra crispy seasoned skin. Once you try them, you will never want to cook them any other way! #airfryer #chicken

Chicken thighs are one of the easiest things you will cook in your air fryer with the best results.

Chicken thighs are dark meat, as opposed to breasts which are white meat. Dark meat is a little darker in color, but that's not all that's different about it. Dark meat is super flavorful, extra juicy, and actually richer in nutrients than white meat!

The Best Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are super juicy inside with extra crispy seasoned skin. Once you try them, you will never want to cook them any other way! #airfryer #chicken

Air frying a piece of dark meat chicken like a chicken thigh takes only 15-20 minutes as opposed to baking, which requires a longer cook time.

The best part for me?  The extra crispy skin.  Who can resist crispy chicken skin? Not me!

The simple seasoning blend takes this chicken over the top. It adds so much flavor. I know you will love it as much as I do!

The Best Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are super juicy inside with extra crispy seasoned skin. Once you try them, you will never want to cook them any other way! #airfryer #chicken

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER BONE-IN CHICKEN THIGHS

It is so easy to make chicken thighs in your air fryer! First, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Drizzle with olive oil and season with paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and onion powder. Air fry until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F. See below for detailed recipe instructions.

HOW LONG TO COOK CHICKEN THIGHS IN AN AIR FRYER

The cook time for chicken thighs in the air fryer will vary depending on the size of your thighs and the style of the air fryer. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of your chicken. When the chicken is cooked through, the thermometer should read 165 degrees F.

The Best Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are super juicy inside with extra crispy seasoned skin. Once you try them, you will never want to cook them any other way! #airfryer #chicken

WHAT KIND OF AIR FRYER SHOULD I USE?

I use a basket-style Ninja 4-quart air fryer for this recipe. This recipe will also work with oven style air fryers. Cook time may vary depending on which air fryer you use.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHICKEN THIGHS

Chicken thighs are great served with simple side dishes like potatoes au gratin, mashed cauliflower, or parmesan corn. Chicken thighs really go with just about anything!

The Best Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are super juicy inside with extra crispy seasoned skin. Once you try them, you will never want to cook them any other way! #airfryer #chicken

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If you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

4 servings

Extra Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs


Extra Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are super juicy inside with extra crispy seasoned skin. Once you try them, you will never want to cook them any other way!

  prep time: cook time: total time: 25 MIN 

INGREDIENTS


4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


INSTRUCTIONS


1. Cut off any excess skin from your chicken thighs. Pat the chicken thighs with paper towels to remove any moisture.

2. In a small bowl, combine the paprika, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, onion powder, and pepper. Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and season both sides of the thighs with the seasoning mixture.

3. Lightly brush your air fryer with olive oil or spray with olive oil spray. Arrange the chicken in the air fryer in a single layer. (Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to prepare them in several batches.)

4. Air fry the chicken thighs at 400 degrees F skin side up for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken and continue frying for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.


NOTES


Cooking time will vary between different models of air fryer. I use the Ninja 4-Quart Air Fryer (basket style).

Author: Becky


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