December 4, 2023

Air fryer chicken thighs recipe! This marinated chicken thighs in air fryer are so good! soaked in the best marinade then air fried to perfection, they are flavorful, the meat is tender, the skin crispy, and delicious.

It’s perfect served with potatoes, rice, vegetables, sauces, gravy, or dips. Learn how to cook chicken thighs in air fryer.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipe (Marinated Chicken Thighs in Air Fryer)

This crispy air fryer chicken thighs recipe is the best! It’s easy, simple, and straightforward.

I’m glad to tell you that this air fryer marinated chicken thighs recipe is a quick one that is ready in 25-30 minutes which makes it great for weeknight dinner.

It can be made with bone in skin-on or boneless skinless chicken thighs although I’ve used bone-in chicken thighs in this step-by-step tutorial.

Air fryer chicken thighs cook faster in the AF than to make it in the oven. In fact, it cooks in half of the time to cook it in the oven.

The marinade used is packed full of bold flavors, simple, yet so tasty. It’s just perfect and you will find yourself using it on all other parts of chicken like legs, wings, and chicken breasts.

Less than 10 ingredients are used to make this delicious dish.

It is perfect served with vegetables, rice, potatoes, or any side of your choice. It’s versatile when it comes to what to serve it with.

It’s great for weeknight dinner when you want to make a quick meal but one that is flavorful and tasty.

You will love this air fryer bone in chicken thighs that are high in protein, low carb, and can be adapted to keto.

Let me show you how to air fry chicken thighs in quick steps.

The Marinade

For this recipe, I used a simple but tasty marinade that tenderizes the meat and infuses it with flavor. The ingredients in the marinade are:






Garlic granules

Black pepper

Lemon juice

Soy sauce

Olive oil


Chicken thighs – Bone in chicken thighs or boneless skinless.

Soy sauce

Garlic granules

Onion powder




Olive oil

Lemon juice

Black pepper


How To Cook Chicken Thighs in Air Fryer

Use a paper towel to pat the chicken thighs dry. This is to remove excess moisture from them.

Add the paprika, rosemary, thyme, parsley, black pepper, garlic powder, soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt in a small bowl. Mix till well combined.

Add the marinade to the chicken thighs and rub it in to make sure that all parts of the chicken are coated in the marinade.

Cover the chicken and put it in the fridge to marinate for 1- 4 hours. You can marinate it overnight but it should not exceed 48 hours.

Arrange the marinated thighs in the air fryer basket in a single layer.

Don’t overlap them and don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket.

Put the air fryer on and air fry chicken thighs at a temperature of 380F/190C for 15 minutes then after the 15 minutes, flip the chicken thighs over with a tong then air fryer for another 15 minutes.

When they are cooked, remove them from the air fryer.

How Long To Cook Chicken Thighs in Air Fryer

How long to cook chicken thighs in the air fryer depends on if using bone in chicken thighs or boneless, the size, and the brand of AF used. Temperature and cooking time varies slightly with the type of air fryer so you might have to adjust the recommended cooking time below:

How long to cook bone in chicken thighs in air fryer is between 25-30 minutes at a temperature of 190C/ 380F.

How long to air fry marinated boneless chicken thighs is between 20 – 25 minutes.

For how long to cook marinated thighs in air fryer at a temperature of 180C/350F is 30 minutes.

It is cooked when the juice runs clear and there’s no blood around the bone. When checked with a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should be at least 165F/75C.

Serving Suggestion

The below are some side dishes you can serve it with:

Pan fried vegetables

Air fryer potatoes







How To Store

To store leftovers, let them cool completely before packing them in an airtight container, or food bag then label.

Store it in the fridge where It will last up to 5 days or in the freezer where It can be frozen for up to 6 months.

It can be reheated in the air fryer, oven, or microwave.

To reheat in the air fryer, arrange the chicken in the air fryer basket and air fry at a temperature of 180C for 4 minutes or till they are heated through.

Tips for Air fryer Marinated Chicken Thighs

  • Marinate the chicken for at least one hour up to 12 hours so it gets the full benefit of the marinade.
  • If you don’t have time to leave it to marinate, you can cook it immediately.
  • Discard used marinade. Don’t reuse it.
  • You can substitute black pepper for cayenne pepper or any other ground pepper.
  • You can use other good marinades like lemon pepper, peri peri, buffalo, etc.
  • Don’t overlap the chicken, arrange in a single layer. Cook in batches if it doesn’t fit all at once.
  • Air fryer brands vary with their temperature settings, so you might have to adjust the temperature of your air fryer and it might also require you to cook for a lesser time or for longer. I advise you check for doneness after 22 minutes.
  • This was made using probreeze 5.5 litres basket type AF.

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