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5 from 4 votes

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Air fryer chicken thighs - crispy on the outside and deliciously juicy and tender on the inside. Air Fried chicken thighs are so simple and easy to make.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 274kcal


  • 4 boneless chicken thighs skin-on
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil or oil spray
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  • Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Pat chicken dry with a paper towel.
  • Combine the brown sugar, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl and sprinkle half the seasoning mixture evenly over the chicken thighs. Turn thighs over and evenly sprinkle remaining seasoning mixture on top. Place chicken thighs in the air fryer basket in a single layer, skin-side up.
  • Fry in the preheated air fryer until chicken is nicely browned and juices run clear about 14-18 minutes, turning the chicken halfway. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).


  • Bone-in chicken thighs can also be used but will take longer to cook. Skinless chicken thighs are also an option but won't give you the same crispiness as skin-on chicken.
  • The spice mixture is optional, you can use your favorite spice mixture like or swap out different spices to go with a wide variety of meals.
  • Leftovers will last up to 3 days in an airtight container stored in the fridge. 


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg