Boneless Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings

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These Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! With a simple seasoning, they are prepped and cook quickly!

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Table of Contents
  1. How to make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs:
  2. Bone in or boneless chicken thighs?
  3. How do I store leftover chicken?
  4. Can I reheat chicken thighs in the air fryer?
  5. What sides would go well with Air Fryer Chicken Thighs?
  6. Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs Recipe

It’s no secret by now that the air fryer is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken!

After making these Air Fryer Chicken Breasts (the juiciest chicken we’ve ever eaten!) and these Air Fryer Chicken Wings, I knew it was time to throw some chicken thighs in there.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are so juicy and flavorful, and they cook so quickly that they have become a regular recipe in our rotation.

I like to throw a second batch in the air fryer while we are eating so we have lots of leftovers for quick meals through the week!

How to make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs:

  1. Choose your chicken thighs: see my tips below for boneless or bone in thighs!
  2. Preheat your air fryer: this ensures that your chicken cooks quickly and evenly.
  3. Stir together your seasoning while the air fryer preheats, or choose a favorite spice blend if you’re short on time
  4. Toss chicken with oil and season well — this ensures a crispy, flavorful exterior!
  5. Cook! Some people flip their chicken half way through cooking in the air fryer, but I haven’t ever found a need as my air fryer cooks pretty evenly. You can check yours at the 7 minute mark and adjust as necessary.

Bone in or boneless chicken thighs?

Chicken thighs are inexpensive, delicious and easy to cook. They are made of dark meat, so they are extra juicy!

I used boneless chicken thighs for this recipe, though we love bone in chicken thighs in the air fryer, too!

If you choose bone in chicken thighs, you can use the same seasoning and method, but your cook time will be longer, so be sure to use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

close up of boneless chicken thighs in air fryer basket

How do I store leftover chicken?

Store cooked chicken thighs in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Leftover chicken is great for meal prepping and quick lunches!

Chop up leftover chicken and use it in this classic Chicken Noodle Soup or this Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings!

Can I reheat chicken thighs in the air fryer?

Yes! Add ¼ water to the bottom of air fryer basket. Place refrigerated chicken in basket and cook for 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

We also like to make stir fry, casseroles or creamy pasta dishes with it!

What sides would go well with Air Fryer Chicken Thighs?

The options are almost endless! Here are a few of our favorites:

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Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs

4.97 from 54 votes
These Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! With a simple seasoning, they are prepped and cook quickly!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine American, canadian
Course Air fryer, Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 317cal


  • 4 boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black ground pepper


  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Pat chicken dry with paper towel then drizzle with oil and toss to coat.
  • Combine brown sugar and seasonings in a small bowl. Rub over chicken thighs.
  • Coat basket with non-aerosol cooking spray then place thighs in air fryer basket and cook for 12-14 minutes, flipping half way if desired, until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 317cal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords air fryer boneless chicken thighs, air fryer chicken thighs

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  1. Tracy says

    I used boneless skinless thighs.
    For the coating i used Louisiana brand chicken coating for air fryers. I had 6 thighs…2 were larger. I sprayed my basket with olive oil and also misted the chicken with olive oil. For the smaller thighs I, cooked at 400 degrees for 14 minutes, turning them at halfway. I cooked the larger thighs for 15 minutes. I cooked them 2 at a time in my
    Gourmia 5 qt air fryer
    The thighs were crispy and very juicy. I will be cooking these more often. Delicious!

  2. Becky says

    It’s my go to recipe for boneless skinless chicken thighs. My family loves the flavor and its texture.
    I triple the recipe so I can make extra for the next day.

  3. Donna Brombeiss says

    This recipe made an incredible mess in my oven air fryer not to mention the smoke it produced. I spent more time cleaning up than it took to prep and cook the meal.
    Maybe your air fryer is one of the enclosed ones with a basket. Mine is a Breville Air Fryer Pro oven with a mesh tray basket that sits in the oven in the middle rack position. The coating on the chicken dripped and burned onto the air fryer basket, the oven rack beneath and the crumb tray on the bottom of the oven which was likely the cause of the smoke.
    I may try some of the other recipes to be fair but I really think you should consider a disclaimer on what type of air fryer to use.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Helen! I would continue to cook them for another 5-8 minutes or until the internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.

  4. Melissa says

    My family and I loved these chicken thighs!!! My kids (8, 6 and 4 y/o) asked to always make chicken this way. lol. This recipe is a keeper for sure! Thank you!

  5. Amie Chant says

    Deliciousness in every bite. Easy to make and the recipe came out exactly as written. A real winner with entire family. Thank you!!

  6. Laurie says

    I bought some chicken thighs the other day and was looking for some easy and tasty recipes. (I typically don’t eat dark meat) This recipe was great! The rub was great and it was so quick in my airfryer. My family loved it, even myself! Definitely a keeper in my meal rotation!

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Sara, I’ve only stored mine in the refrigerator so I am unsure if it can be frozen, probably yes, but you would have to experiment with that.

  7. Cheryl says

    It turned out great! My man loved it! Question: I know the preheating is 400 F, but is the cooking temp of the chicken also 400F?

  8. Sherry says

    Great recipe – came out absolutely perfect. My family loved it & it will be a weekly staple.
    Thanks so much for your recipe – looking forward to more air fryer recipes.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      If you are looking at cooking sprays in the oil aisle at the grocery store, there are those that say “no propellants” or non aerosol — it just means they are straight oil. The propellants can damage the air fryer liner

  9. Phyllis says

    Please more air fryer recipes. It’s such a new way to cook and I think most of us would like to find out the best way to do it in our air fryer

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