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Crispy on the outside and juicy in the center, Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs are the perfect protein to serve with your favorite sides! These can be on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes, prep time included!

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Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs cook up tender and moist and are one of our go-to choices for a quick and easy main for dinner. All you need is some olive oil, and taco seasoning, and in less than 30 minutes you can have these on the dinner table.

They’re fast, they’re flavorful and because they’re cooked in the air fryer with very little oil, they’re healthier than if you had pan-fried them. Air fryers cook by circulating air all around the food like a convection oven, which helps to make this crispy on the outside while staying nice and juicy on the inside. Pair your air fryer chicken thighs with some couscous or rice, and roasted veggies, and you’ll have a family-friendly meal that everyone will love!

Like to meal prep? This air-fried chicken thighs recipe is perfect for making ahead of time! It stores well in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Recipe Summary

  • Quick and easy: Rubbing the chicken with seasoning is the only prep needed. This meal can be ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes!
  • Healthy: Only 1 tbsp of oil is needed, and boneless, skinless chicken thighs are packed with protein. Add a side salad or a green vegetable like Brussels sprouts for extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.
  • So delicious: The simple spice mix of taco seasoning provides wonderful flavors that will take your chicken to the next level.
  • Perfect for meal prep: These chicken thighs are great for meal prep because you can store them in the refrigerator for days, and serve with all types of other sides like potatoes, pasta, and more.
A fork in seasoned chicken served over rice.

Ingredients needed

This air fryer boneless chicken thighs recipe is super simple! In fact, you might have everything you need to make these in your kitchen right now! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Chicken thighs: For this recipe, you’ll need 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs, which is typically 4 thighs.
  • Olive oil: Helps the spices stick to the chicken, and ensures the outside of the chicken gets a nice crispy crust. You may also use avocado Oil.
  • Taco seasoning: The perfect combo of flavorful spices. Try this homemade taco seasoning for amazing flavor!
  • Kosher salt and pepper: Enhances the flavors.
  • Lemon juice: Adds a bit of freshness. We also like to serve the chicken with lemon slices for garnish.
  • Parsley: Freshly chopped to garnish for extra color!
Raw chicken thighs in a bowl near fresh parsley, a lemon, olive oil and a small bowl of taco seasoning.

How to make air fried chicken thighs

These could not be easier! This is the perfect quick protein for those weekdays that are super busy. Instead of ordering takeout you can have a healthy meal in no time. Here’s the simple process:

  1. Prep: Preheat the air fryer at 380ºF for 4 minutes.
  2. Add seasoning: Rub the chicken thighs with the taco seasoning making sure you fully coat them on all sides. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle with oil and lemon juice. Stir well to combine.
  1. Cook: Place the coated chicken thighs in the air fryer basket and cook at 380ºF for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway.
  2. Serve: Chicken thighs are done when the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and enjoy!

Expert tips

  • Similar-sized thighs: It’s best if your chicken thighs are similar in size to ensure that they all cook at the same rate.
  • Don’t overcrowd: Don’t place too many thighs in the air fryer at once. If there is overlap, the air won’t be able to circulate and the meat will not cook properly. If your air fryer is small, it may be necessary to cook in batches. Keep any cooked thighs warm by covering them with foil.
  • Check for doneness: To ensure your chicken is fully cooked and safe to eat, check that the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F. Use an instant-read meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh to check. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can poke the thickest part and make sure that the juices run clear and you don’t see any pink.
  • Vary the seasoning: If you want to change these up, feel free to use different seasoning blends. Try using cajun seasoning or Italian seasoning to change the flavor.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to cook thighs in an air fryer?

The amount of time it takes to cook boneless thighs in the air fryer will depend on the size of the thighs and the model of the air fryer, at 380 degrees F, it will take about 18 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Is it better to bake boneless chicken thighs at 350 or 400?

We like to bake boneless chicken thighs in the air fryer at 380 degrees F. They will take less time to cook than if they are cooked at 350 degrees, and this will help them to stay plenty moist. If they cook too long at a lower heat, they are more likely to become dry.

How do you keep boneless chicken thighs from drying out?

Adding some oil to the outside of the chicken and also choosing to cook them in the air fryer rather than the oven will help keep these from becoming too dry.

Air fryer boneless chicken thighs sliced and served over rice.

Serving suggestions

The best part about chicken is that it’s so versatile and is great served with a variety of sides. Here are some delicious serving options:

Storage recommendations

  • Storing leftovers: Allow chicken to completely cool, then place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat: Rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the air fryer.
  • Freezing: Freeze cooked and cooled thighs in an airtight freezer-safe storage container or bag for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Sliced chicken served over rice with lemon slices.

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5 from 3 votes

Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs

By: Rena
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
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Total: 25 minutes
top view of a round white bowl with steamed white rice and sliced air-fried boneless chicken thighs
Crispy on the outside and juicy in the center, Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs are the perfect protein to serve with your favorite sides! These can be on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes, prep time included!

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon + lemon slices, for garnish
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer at 380ºF for 4 minutes.
  • Rub the chicken thighs with the taco seasoning making sure you fully coat them on all sides. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle with oil. Stir well to combine.
  • Place the coated chicken thighs in the air fryer basket and cook at 380ºF for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Chicken thighs are done when the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and enjoy!

Notes

Storing leftovers: Allow chicken to completely cool, then place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
To reheat: Rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the air fryer.
Freezing: Freeze cooked and cooled thighs in an airtight freezer-safe storage container or bag for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 44gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 215mgSodium: 886mgPotassium: 572mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 424IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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