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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Tasty, quick, juicy air fryer chicken thighs are here to save you from hunger!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, chicken thighs
Servings: 4
Calories: 410kcal

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika smoked paprika preferred
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper or 1/2 tsp as desired
  • 1.5 lbs bone in skin on chicken thighs or 1lb boneless skinless, see notes

Optional paprika oil for extra shine

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika smoked paprika preferred

Instructions

  • Slice half of the lemon and set aside, then juice the other half. Mix in 1 tbsp olive oil into the lemon juice and stir in the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and pepper.
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  • Lightly pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the chicken in the lemon-pepper sauce.
  • Cook at 360°F for 12-15 mins or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F and the juices run clear. Halfway through, flip the chicken and add lemon slices. Remove from the air fryer immediately when done.
    See notes for bone-in skin-on or frozen cooking times.
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  • Optional: make some paprika oil to drizzle/brush on after the thighs are done: heat up 1 tsp paprika with 2 tbsp oil in a small pan over low heat, until it starts to bubble. Remove from the heat and brush onto the cooked thighs.
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Notes

For bone-in skin-on: Cook at 360°F for 18 mins, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F and the juices run clear. Halfway through, flip the chicken and add lemon slices. Remove from the air fryer immediately when done. Optionally, add an extra 5 minutes at 400°F for crisp skin (for a total cooking time of 23 mins).
For frozen chicken thighs, cook at 360°F for 25 mins, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F and the juices run clear. Halfway through, flip the chicken and add lemon slices. Remove from the air fryer immediately when done. Optionally, add an extra 5 minutes at 400°F for crisp skin (for a total cooking time of 30 mins).

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.6g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 26.8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 0.8g