Air Fryer Bone In Chicken Thighs are perfectly cooked every time and have a delicious garlic lemon pepper flavor. Just season and air fry!
This recipe uses only a little olive oil for flavor. Cooking in an air fryer lets you get that crispy skin on chicken without needing a ton of oil for frying. Healthy and delicious!
You may be tempted to grab boneless chicken thighs because they are convenient and easy to serve. Bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs have superior flavor, so give it a shot!
If you do not have an air fryer, try my Oven Baked Chicken Thighs recipe.
Air Fryer Bone In Chicken Thighs Ingredients
To make this air fryer chicken recipe, you will need the following (go to the recipe below for detailed amounts and instructions):
- bone in chicken thighs: boneless will cook differently so stick with bone-in for this recipe.
- lemon juice
- olive oil
- black pepper
- garlic powder
How to Make Chicken Thighs in an Air Fryer
- Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees.
- Season the chicken. Add chicken thighs, olive oil, and seasonings to a large ziplock bag. Squish and move until the chicken thighs are covered evenly.
- Air fry the chicken. Add a liner to the basket and place the chicken thighs in a single layer. Cook for 12 minutes, flipping after 6 minutes. Remove once the thighs have reached 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest portion for the meat.
Tips for Cooking Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer
- Leave the bone in and skin on for maximum flavor and for the juiciest chicken. You can also use boneless chicken thighs or chicken breast if you are in a pinch.
- I get my chicken from my local meat store. The quality of the chicken is so much higher than most grocery store chicken.
What Can I Eat With Chicken Thighs?
You can eat chicken thighs by themselves, with a side dish, on top of rice or pasta, or shred the chicken and make tacos! Here is a full list of ideas:
- Over rice or pasta
- Steamed green vegetable, such as asparagus, green beans, or broccoli
- Funeral Potatoes
- Cauliflower Potato Salad
- Bacon Broccoli Salad
Sunday 4th of September 2022
I have an Instant Pot Duo crisp and it took longer than 12 minutes to finish the chicken. It took about 16 in my unit. With the first pieces I turned the food when indicated and my skin hardly got crisp, so I ignored the turn food signal the second batch. Flavor wise the skin was delicious, but none of the marinade touched the meat so the meat was bland. Might try again with boneless skinless thighs.