Boneless Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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!

air fryer boneless chicken thighs on white plate.

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.
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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 image of boneless chicken thigh in air fryer.

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 146 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 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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. Donna Murray says

    This chicken recipe is absolutely delicious! I’m new to air-frying and found you online because I really wasn’t sure what to do. The rub is so flavourful! The only thing I do differently is use less oil. I use an oil sprayer and just spritz a little on so the rub will stick. Probably the equivalent of a teaspoon. Thanks for a great recipe! I look forward to trying more of yours!

  2. Lisa says

    Excellent! Ended up putting them on the grill instead and they turned out perfect. The rub is the secret sauce!

  3. Diane says

    Wow! I loved this recipe. Doing keto and needed a quick and easy recipe. I did 5 thighs and needed to double the rub. Very flavorful and I will definitely make this again. Thanks for posting.

  4. Shannon says

    I was looking for an easy, flavorful recipe for my boneless thighs and this was it!! I cook these up for my workday chicken salad sandwiches. These came out delicious and moist! Thank you. 😊

  5. HNT says

    Delicious! The seasoning was great. I doubled it just in case. I will check my chicken at 10 minutes next time, but I think my air fryer runs hot. Great recipe! Thanks!!

  6. Sharon Pauley says

    I find it so frustrating when the temps are only given in Fahrenheit . Not everyone runs in this old measure.

  7. Jeff says

    How much water is 1/4 LOL there’s a mistake in the paragraph that talks about reheating chicken thighs it only says 1/4 water LOL kind of funny

  8. Pandora says

    The best air fryer chicken thighs I’ve ever made – the key ingredient is the brown sugar, as I have made thighs with just the other seasonings before, but adding the brown sugar is what gives it a crispy carmelization. SO delicious!

  9. Kathleen Taylor says

    I just tried it last night. I doubled the recipe and it was delicious. Have given the recipe to several of my friends and family. This will be my go to for chicken now. Thank you.

  10. Sherry says

    My husband’s favorite, have made many times and just finished eating it tonight. Delicious as always! Thanks for a great, easy recipe!!

  11. Ali says

    First time trying chicken thighs in the air fryer and they turned out perfectly. Super juicy and flavorful. Entire family loved them. Adding this to my go-to recipe list. Thank you!!

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