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Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs

This air fryer boneless chicken thigh recipe is a quick and easy chicken recipe the whole family will love. Using the best chicken thigh marinade to achieve delicious tasting poultry that is ready in under 30 minutes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Chicken
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4
Calories 278 kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs trimmed substitute with bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika substitute with sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil substitute with any other flavourless oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • To a small mixing bowl, add smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, sage, red pepper flakes, parsley salt and pepper and mix to combine to form a dry rub.
  • Pat the chicken thighs dry with a kitchen towel so it is moist free, trim off excess fat (the chicken can be washed with water and lemon if desired) and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the dry rub to the chicken thighs and mix to combine making all the chicken is coated. Then add olive oil and Worcestershire sauce and mix.
  • Marinade the chicken for 30 minutes to 24 hours if time is not of the essence. Otherwise, proceed to cook immediately.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 180C/380F for 5 minutes. spray cooking oil in the air fryer basket. This is optional as the marinade already contained oil.
  • Arrange the chicken thighs in the air fryer basket in a single layer. You should be able to fit about 6 in the basket depending on the shape of the basket. If need be, cook the chicken in batches.
  • Cook for 15 to 18 minutes depending on how you like your chicken cooked flipping it halfway for even cooking. The internal temperature of cooked chicken should register 165F/63C. If using bone-in chicken thighs, please check my cooking time guide below.
  • Serve immediately as desired.



How long to cook chicken thighs in the air fryer
This is a simple guide for cooking frozen or fresh bone-in and boneless chicken thighs in the air fryer. Please note that the cooking time would vary slightly depending on the size of the poultry. If in doubt, check with an instant-read meat thermometer and internal temperature reaches at least 165F/63C One of the beauties of cooking in this little gadget is that you can open it frequently to shake and flip without losing too much heat. Make sure to flip halfway through the cooking.
Boneless chicken thighs at 180C/360F 15- to 18 minutes
Boneless chicken thigh at 200C/400F – 12 to 15 minutes
Bone-in chicken thighs at 180C/360F – 25 to 30 minutes
Bone-in chicken thigh at 200C/400F – 22 to 25 minutes
Frozen chicken thighs at 180C/360F for 18 to 20 minutes depending on the size, then at 200C/400F for 5 to 8 minutes to crisp up the skin.
How to store
This chicken thigh makes the best leftover and it can be served cold too with salad, wraps or as a side to main meals. It is great for meal prep too.
To store in the fridge: Make sure it is completely cooled before storing in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
To reheat: Reheat in the air fryer at 160C/325F for 2 to 3 minutes.


Calories: 278kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 33gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 200mgPotassium: 515mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 984IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients and brands you use. Under no circumstances will thedinnerbite.com be responsible for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information.

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