Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Transform your chicken thighs into a masterpiece of crunch and flavor with this air fryer recipe. This method delivers all the crispy goodness you crave without the extra oil. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a casual gathering, these chicken thighs will be your new go-to!

Cooking Time

  • Total Time: 25-30 minutes

Serving Size

  • Serves 4 people


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (190°C).
  2. Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels. This step is crucial for achieving that crispy skin.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, salt, and dried thyme.
  4. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken thighs, ensuring both sides are evenly coated.
  5. Place the chicken thighs skin-side down in the air fryer basket. Make sure they’re not overlapping for even cooking.
  6. Cook for 10 minutes, then flip the thighs and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the skin is crispy to your liking.
  7. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.

Nutritional Info (per serving)

Calories280 kcal
Total Fat20g
Saturated Fat5g
Trans Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates1g
Dietary Fiber0g

Enjoy your delicious and crispy air fryer chicken thighs, a dish that promises both simplicity and flavor in every bite!