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Air Fryer Fried Chicken Thighs

Two ingredients and 30 minutes is all you need to get these Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Thighs on the table. The perfect weeknight meal!

If you are looking for a quick and easy main dish to get on the table fast on busy weeknights, I have got you covered. This Air Fryer Fried Chicken Thighs Recipe requires only TWO ingredients and just 30 minutes. 

It doesn’t get much simpler than that! The other fabulous thing is that this recipe is family approved. My kiddos gobbled these up. And I don’t know about you but when my kiddos gobble something up, it makes dinner a whole lot easier! 

Crispy Chicken Thigh on white plate.

What ingredients do you need: 

Like I said, just two! You do need some non-stick spray to spray the bottom of the air fryer rack but other than that it’s just the chicken and the seasoning. 

Overhead photo of raw chicken thighs on a white plate with old bay seasoning.

CHICKEN THIGHS: Bone-in, skin on chicken thighs is what you need for this recipe. I prefer chicken thighs because they cook quickly and the skin crisps up perfectly. If you choose to use another cut of chicken, the cooking time will vary. Also, if you don’t want the skin, you can use boneless chicken thighs. Keep in mind that the cooking time will be a lot less because there is no bone. 

OLD BAY SEASONING: This seasoning blend is kind of becoming my new favorite seasoning. It is a blend of celery salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and paprika. You can usually find it in the spice aisle of the grocery store or near the seafood department.  

Instructions for making chicken thighs in the air fryer: 

STEP #1: Place chicken thighs in a resealable plastic bag or container. Sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning. Rub the seasoning into the chicken thighs. 

Raw chicken thigh rubbed with old bay seasoning on a white plate.

STEP #2: Spray air fryer basket with Place chicken thighs in the air fryer skin side down. Air Fry for 12 minutes at 375. Turn and cook an additional 10 – 12 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees and the chicken skin has reached desired crisp. Serve immediately. 

Close up of air fried chicken thigh in air fryer.

DES TIP: Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the chicken thighs in batches. I have a 4.5 quart air fryer and I needed to cook this in two batches. You can keep the cooked thighs in a warm oven while the other batch cooks. 

See how easy that is!! This air fryer fried chicken thigh recipe is a life saver for busy weeknights. To round out the meal I like to serve it with sautéed broccoli and creamy mashed potatoes

Overhead photo of air fryer chicken thighs on white plate with broccoli and mashed potatoes.

If you’re looking for more easy chicken recipes, here are some reader favorites: 

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Air Fryer Fried Chicken Thighs Recipe

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5 based on 3 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning

Instructions

1

Place chicken thighs in a resealable plastic bag or container. Sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning. Rub the seasoning into the chicken thighs.

2

Spray air fryer basket with Place chicken thighs in the air fryer skin side down. Depending on the size of your air fryer basket, you may need to do this in batches. Air Fry for 12 minutes at 375. Turn and cook an additional 10 - 12 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees and the chicken skin has reached desired crisp. Serve immediately.

Notes

Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 445 , Total Fat: 28.9g , Saturated Fat: 8.9g , Cholesterol: 256mg , Sodium: 324mg , Protein: 46.7g

Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    Sarah
    April 8, 2021 at 9:37 am

    What an easy dinner idea! Looks delicious!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    April 6, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Guess what’s on my Mother’s day wish list…My daughters have air fryers but I never considered buying one, I’m convinced too.

  • Reply
    Bernice Hill
    April 6, 2021 at 10:06 am

    These thighs look absolutely perfect! Wow, I think this recipe alone has convinced me to get an air fryer.

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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    Have new recipes emailed to you.