Chicken thighs are the unsung hero of the poultry world. Juicier and more flavorful than their white meat counterparts, chicken thighs are a budget-friendly, versatile protein that deserves a spot in every home cook’s repertoire. However, getting them perfectly crispy on the outside while keeping the meat tender and juicy on the inside can be a tricky balance.

Enter the air fryer – the small but mighty appliance that’s revolutionizing the way we cook. With its powerful fan and rapid air circulation, the air fryer delivers restaurant-quality results with a fraction of the oil required for traditional frying. And when it comes to chicken thighs, the air fryer is a total game-changer.

In just 30 minutes or less, you can achieve chicken thighs with gloriously crispy skin and succulent, fall-off-the-bone tender meat. No more dry, rubbery thighs or greasy, oil-soaked skin. The air fryer’s magic transforms even the most basic chicken thighs into a dinner that’s worthy of a standing ovation.

Ready to master the art of air fryer chicken thighs? Let’s dive in!

1. Air Fryer Chicken Thighs


  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels. This helps the skin get extra crispy.

In a large bowl, toss the chicken thighs with the olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper until evenly coated.

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.

Working in batches if needed, arrange the seasoned chicken thighs in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching.

Air fry for 22-25 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F and the skin is golden brown and crispy.

Remove the chicken thighs from the air fryer and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in unbelievably moist and flavorful chicken every time.

Serve them as the main course, or use the crispy thighs as the protein for salads, tacos, rice bowls, and more. They also make a killer base for saucy dishes like barbecue or buffalo chicken.

With just a handful of pantry staple seasonings and a trusty air fryer, you can easily achieve restaurant-quality chicken thighs at home. The rapid air circulation cooks the meat to tender perfection while simultaneously rendering the fat and crisping up the skin to delectable crispiness.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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