Air-Fryer Chicken Thighs

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Nov. 23, 2023
This air-fryer chicken thighs recipe creates meat that is crispy on the outside but super juicy on the inside. The paprika and garlic seasoning blend comes through beautifully. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat air fryer to 375°. Brush chicken with oil. Combine remaining ingredients; sprinkle over chicken. Place chicken, skin side up, in a single layer on tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°-175°, 15-17 minutes.

Air-Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipe Tips

Can you cook raw chicken in an air fryer?

Yes! Like in this recipe, you can cook raw chicken in an air fryer.

Do you need to flip chicken in an air fryer?

For this recipe, you do not need to flip the chicken. However, with some other air-fryer chicken recipes, like this Air-Fryer Chicken Parmesan, you do need to flip the chicken to get even browning.

Is air-fried chicken healthy?

Air-fried chicken recipes are typically a bit healthier than deep-fried ones. (Find even more air-fryer recipes to dig into!)

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor, and Alicia Rooker, Taste of Home Recipe Editor and Tester

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken thigh: 255 calories, 18g fat (4g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 511mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein.