Make dinner quick and easy with this Air Fryer Chicken Thighs recipe.

The Air Fryer is a one-pot wonder for so many things, and it makes low carb chicken thighs come out tender and juicy with a deliciously crispy skin. If you are following a low carb, Keto or Paleo eating plan, make this recipe your go-to!

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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipe

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How Do You Use An Air Fryer?

Air fryers have gained in popularity in the last decade. They are a wonderfully convenient countertop appliance that cooks by circulating hot air around food placed in the basket or rack.

But the real benefit to the air fryer is that less fat can be used in any recipe, making it healthier. It’s easy to use, just preheat the fryer and place prepared food in the Air Fryer basket. Then start cooking!

Cooking Chicken Thighs In Air Fryer

Using the air fryer to make chicken takes the game up to a whole new level, and it’s as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Preheat the air fryer.
  2. Prepare chicken by rubbing it in olive oil and generously applying the recipe seasoning. (See recipe below.)
  3. Place chicken in the air fryer basket and fry.

chicken and seasoning in the air fryer to make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

How To Serve Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Pop some chicken thighs in the air fryer before the big game or movie night and let the compliments come! Check out these sides to round out the meal! Roasted Asparagus, or Air Fryer Squash, and a bright, tangy Cucumber Salad with Feta or Zucchini Pasta Salad would be delicious. Or try serving them as an appetizer with Low Carb Ranch Dip. Any way these chicken thighs are served, they’ll always end up being a hit!

Can You Put Frozen Chicken In An Air Fryer?

Definitely! Cooking times will differ, expect to air fry frozen chicken thighs an extra 50% of time from the original recipe.


  • We offer a simple seasoning recipe below, but feel free to mix things up if desired!
  • Even packaged chili or Keto Taco Seasoning mix will add a kick of flavor.
  • Chicken drumsticks are a good substitution in the air fryer too, why not try a combination of both?

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs after cooking

Tips for Success

  • Choose pieces of chicken that are of equal size so they cook evenly in the air fryer.
  • If it’s hard to tell if chicken is done, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of one piece of chicken. The internal temp for chicken should be 165°F.
  • Remember to always allow meat to rest before serving, to seal in the juices!
  • Warm sauce in the microwave and brush it on the chicken once it comes out of the air fryer basket.
  • We also like to make more than one batch at a time for healthy school day and work lunches.
  • Chicken thighs will keep about 5 days in the refrigerator and they can be frozen up to a month.

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Other Delicious Air Fryer Recipes To Try!

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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

The air fryer is perfect for making low carb chicken thighs that are tender and juicy, with a deliciously crispy skin.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 pieces
Author Holly



  • 4 chicken thighs with bone and skin 5-6 oz each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chicken seasoning or seasoning recipe below


  • Rub chicken thighs with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning.
  • Preheat air fryer to 340°F.
  • Place chicken thighs in the basket and cook 22-25 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Rest 5 minutes before serving.


Homemade Seasoning: Combine 1/2 teaspoon each paprika, seasoned salt and garlic powder. Add 1/4 teaspoon each black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon oregano. Optional: add 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika for a smoky flavor.
Cook time can vary slightly based on the size of your chicken thighs (and your brand of Air Fryer). Ensure chicken reaches 165°F.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American

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At Easy Low Carb® we believe that every meal should be full of big bold flavor! From amazing main dishes and simple sides to the best party snacks, reducing carbs doesn’t mean giving up your favorites!
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  1. What if we are using boneless and skinless chicken thighs, will it come out just as yummy and what were the cooking time and temperature be?

  2. 5 stars
    Too Ms. Holly:

    Thank you so very much for sharing this most wonderful, tastey and easy way of air frying chicken thighs. I have done it and my spouse wanted more of it. Very juicy and very crispy!!! Thank you again and keep up your wonderful work!!!