Air frying chicken thighs has several benefits over traditional frying or baking methods. Here are a few:

  1. Healthier: Air frying uses less oil than traditional frying, making it a healthier option. It also eliminates the need for breading, which can be high in calories and carbs.
  2. Crispy texture: Despite using less oil, air frying still produces a crispy texture on the outside of the chicken thighs. This is due to the hot air circulating around the food, creating a crispy exterior.
  3. Faster cooking time: Air frying chicken thighs takes less time than oven baking, as the hot air circulates around the food, cooking it more quickly and evenly.
  4. Easy clean-up: Air fryers are easy to clean, with most models having removable trays and baskets that can be washed in the dishwasher.
  5. Versatile: Air fryers can be used for a variety of foods beyond chicken thighs, making them a versatile kitchen tool.

    Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Servings 4
    Calories 213 kcal


    • Air fryer You will need an air fryer to cook the chicken thighs. There are many different models available, ranging in size and features. Choose one that is suitable for the amount of chicken thighs you want to cook.
    • Chicken thighs You will need bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. These can be purchased at a grocery store or butcher shop.
    • Seasonings You will need seasonings such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, or any other spices you prefer.
    • Cooking oil Although air frying uses less oil than traditional frying, you may still need a small amount of oil to coat the chicken thighs and help them crisp up.
    • Tongs You will need tongs to flip and remove the chicken thighs from the air fryer.
    • Meat thermometer (optional) A meat thermometer can be helpful to ensure the chicken thighs are cooked to the appropriate internal temperature, which should be 165°F (74°C).


    • 4 skin-on  boneless chicken thighs
    • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
    • ¾ tbsp garlic powder
    • ½ tbsp salt
    • ½ tbsp ground black pepper


    • Step 1
      Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    • Step 2
      Wipe chicken thighs off with a paper towel and brush skins with olive oil. Place chicken thighs, skin-side down, in a solitary layer on a plate.
    • Step 3
      Join smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 of the flavoring combination equally over thighs. Turn thighs over and equitably sprinkle with outstanding flavoring. Organize thighs, skin-side up, in a solitary layer in the air fryer bin.
    • Step 4
      Cook in the preheated air fryer until thighs are brown and the juices run clear, around 18 minutes. A moment read thermometer embedded into the middle ought to peruse something like 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).