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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

In the fiery embrace of the air fryer, we’re transforming humble chicken thighs into a culinary masterpiece. Picture this: golden-brown, crispy skin giving way to succulent, perfectly cooked meat. This isn’t just a recipe; it’s a flavor journey, a symphony of Italian seasoning and the sultry smokiness of paprika dancing on your taste buds.

First, we prep. Grab those bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs – they’re the unsung heroes of this dish, ready to soak up the flavor barrage we’re about to unleash. A quick pat-down with paper towels ensures they’re poised for optimal crispiness.

Now, the spice magic begins. A blend of Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic and onion powders, salt, and black pepper creates a symphony of flavor that’ll have your kitchen singing. Drizzle with olive oil, and let the rub caress every inch of those thighs.

Into the air fryer they go, sizzling at a blistering 400°F. Close the lid and let the hot currents of air work their crispy charm. The aromas that fill your kitchen will signal the flavor explosion awaiting you.

Flip halfway through – it’s the Bobby Flay shuffle, ensuring an even tan. Precision is key; we want those thighs cooked to a juicy perfection, with a golden hue that screams flavor.

As they emerge, triumphant and aromatic, let them rest. This isn’t just about patience; it’s about letting those juices settle for an unrivaled tenderness. Finally, plate the air fryer chicken thighs – a feast for the eyes and the senses.

This air-fried wonder isn’t just a dish; it’s a canvas for your culinary self-expression. So, grab those thighs, fire up the air fryer, and let’s cook with boldness and flavor!

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Effortlessly cook succulent and flavorful chicken thighs in the air fryer, sparing yourself the mess of traditional methods. A quick 35-minute recipe costing $15-20, it features a spice-infused, crispy exterior and juicy interior. Serve 4 and customize the spice blend to your liking. Say goodbye to oil splatters and savor a hassle-free, delicious meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 350 kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: Lemon wedges for serving


  • Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) to preheat while you prepare the chicken.
  • Prepare the Chicken Thighs: Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels.
  • In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper to create a spice rub.
  • Season the Chicken: Rub the spice mixture evenly over the chicken thighs, ensuring they are well-coated.
  • Air Fry the Chicken: Place the seasoned chicken thighs in the preheated air fryer basket, ensuring they are not crowded.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through the cooking time for even browning.
  • Check for Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • Rest and Serve: Once cooked, let the chicken thighs rest in the air fryer for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, keeping the meat moist.
  • Serve: Plate the chicken thighs and serve with optional lemon wedges for a burst of freshness.


  1. Experiment with different spice blends to customize the flavor profile.
  2. Ensure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket to allow proper air circulation for even cooking.
  3. Adjust cooking times based on the size and thickness of the chicken thighs.
  4. Serve with your favorite sides like roasted vegetables or a simple salad.
Keyword Air Fryer, Chicken Thighs, Italian, Paprika, Quick and Easy
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