Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

This air fryer chicken thighs recipe will get you super crispy chicken without deep frying! Dry rub your chicken thighs and then air fry for around 16 minutes, flipping halfway through. It’s that simple.

chicken thighs on plate

We love to air fry chicken thighs and so do you! This is one of our most popular air fryer recipes and so many of you have rated it 5-stars and made it time and time again.

If you are used to whipping up baked chicken thighs or grilled chicken thighs to get them nice and crispy, the air fryer is going to change your life. When I say these are so crispy, I mean it!

What You Need for Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs (bone-in): for this recipe, we’re using bone-in thighs. We love how juicy the insides come out with bone-in thighs. Feel free to use boneless skinless chicken thighs if that is your jam. We recommend lowering the cooking time by a few minutes on each side to prevent over-cooking.

Olive oil: olive oil is used to make sure these chicken thighs come out nice and crispy. Feel free to swap for a different oil.

Spices: the spice combination in this recipe is so delicious. We’re using salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, and brown sugar.

chicken seasoning ideas!

If you have any of our homemade seasonings on hand, feel free to use around 1-2 tablespoons in place of the listed spices.

patting chicken thighs with paper towel

Variations and Substitutions

You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe. Just lower the cooking time to 16-18 minutes, depending on how thick your chicken thighs are.

Marinated chicken thighs in the air fryer are delicious too, but they may not come out as crispy due to the added moisture.

dry rub on chicken thighs on plate


How long should I cook chicken thighs in air fryer?

Set your air fryer to 400ºF and cook your chicken thighs for 16 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Can you put raw chicken in an air fryer?

Yes, you can cook raw chicken in the air fryer. It’s one of the best ways to get it nice and crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

How many minutes do you air fryer chicken?

Chicken thighs will take around 16-20 minutes depending on the size of the thigh. Make sure to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temp for doneness.

How long to air fry chicken thighs?

Cook chicken thighs in the air fryer for 20 minutes at 400ºF, flipping halfway through.

How do I know when my chicken thighs are fully cooked?

The best way to know if your chicken thighs are fully cooked is to use a meat thermometer. Make sure that the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken is 165ºF.

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chicken thighs in basket


Once your chicken thighs have cooled, transfer them into an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-5 days.

To reheat: air fry at 350ºF for 2-3 minutes. Or, microwave on high for around 60 seconds.

chicken thighs with green beans

Serving Suggestions

Complete your meal with some of our favorite easy side dishes.

chicken thighs on plate

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Perfectly cooked, crispy air fryer chicken thighs come together with bone-in chicken thighs and a delicious chicken seasoning.

Prep:10 minutes

Cook:20 minutes

Total:30 minutes

Fat 27

Carbs 3

Protein 55


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF and spray the inside of the basket with non-stick cooking spray. 

  • Prepare the chicken by patting them dry with a piece of paper towel.

  • Add the garlic powder, paprika, dried thyme, salt, and brown sugar to a bowl and mix until combined. Then sprinkle the dry rub over the chicken thighs. Be sure the dry rub covers the entire chicken thigh. 

  • Place the chicken thighs skin side down into the air fryer and drizzle the chicken thighs with olive oil. You may have to do this in two batches depending on the size of your air fryer. 

  • Set the air fryer for 8 minutes, flip the chicken thighs, and cook the chicken thighs for an additional 6-10 minutes depending on the size of your thighs. 

  • If the internal temperature of the chicken is 160ºF – 165ºF and the skin is crispy, remove the chicken thighs from the air fryer. If you would like your chicken thighs crispier, cook them for an additional 2 minutes. Let the chicken sit for 3-5 minutes and enjoy.

Tips & Notes

  • The cook time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken thighs.
  • If you’re using boneless, skinless thighs, decrease the cooking time by 2-4 minutes.
  • For best results, do not stack the chicken thighs in the air fryer.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 477kcal Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 55g Fat: 27g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.

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