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Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs

As a mom, I celebrate anytime I find a quick and easy dinner recipe my kids will eat. These air fryer boneless chicken thighs are quick and easy to make. Yes, air fryer boneless skinless chicken thighs! With just a few ingredients and a few minutes in the air fryer, you’ll have a delicious and healthy meal that the whole family will love.

Air fryer chicken on a white plate

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Kid-friendly chicken dinner

Kids love boneless chicken because it’s easy to eat and not as greasy as bone-in chicken.

In fact, even if I sometimes prefer the crispy skin and bone, my kids will turn up their noses at the mess and trouble of getting the tender meat off the bone.

With the skin removed, there is little to no mess, and the chicken is cooked through so it’s safe to eat. I know my kids always beg for these air fryer chicken thighs, and I’m happy to give them a meal that they love. Kid friendly chicken thighs are also healthy and nutritious, making them the perfect meal for any night of the week.

Boneless skinless chicken thighs, air fryer

Air fryer boneless chicken thighs are a great alternative to traditional fried chicken. They’re lower in calories and fat, and they’re a good source of protein.

Plus, it’s quick and easy to make thighs in the air fryer, so you can have a delicious and healthy meal on the table in no time. I love that you don’t have to put a breading on the chicken to air fry them, and the result is fabulous gluten free chicken thighs.

My kids love the spice and don’t even miss the breading!

Overhead view of a white rectangular plate of cooked chicken thighs

Are air fryer chicken thighs, boneless, skinless keto?

Yes! Air fryer chicken thighs are a great option for those on a keto diet or a keto diet. They’re low in carbs and high in healthy fats, making them a perfect keto-friendly food.

This boneless chicken thighs recipe is a regular on our family meal plan.

👨‍🍳 What’s the best way to cook air fryer chicken thighs?

I like to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe, but you can use bone in chicken thighs or just boneless thighs if you prefer to keep a crispy skin. If you use bone in chicken, you’ll need to air fry it for a few minutes longer than boneless chicken.

Chicken thighs in the air fryer macros

For a second, let’s look at the macros. In this recipe for air fryer boneless chicken thighs, one serving is one chicken thigh. It has 132 calories22 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and 0 grams of net carbs per serving.

📏 How I figure macros in one chicken thigh

These macros for air fryer boneless chicken thighs are figured with MyFitnessPal, with the ingredients I use in the recipe. I always recommend figuring out your own with the exact items/brands you use.

It’s especially important to determine your own if you’re keeping close track of nutrition calories saturated fat, etc., and want to be accurate.

Overhead view of chicken thigh and fried zucchini

🍽 Equipment needed to make air fryer boneless skinless chicken thighs

Cooking chicken thighs can be tricky, but if you air fry them it doesn’t have to be! All you need to make air fryer boneless chicken thighs is an air fryer and a few basic kitchen utensils.

Air fryers

I like to use my Ninja Foodi Air Fryer, but any air fryer will do. You don’t need any extra air fryer accessories to cook chicken thighs other than the air fryer basket.

🥘 Ingredients in air fryer boneless chicken thighs

This recipe for air fryer boneless chicken thighs is a great option if you’re on a low carb diet. The high protein makes them the perfect keto-friendly food. Making air fryer boneless chicken thighs is quick and easy.

Quality organic ingredients

The most important thing I always say is to be sure to choose good quality ingredients. The better the ingredients, the better for you, and the better it will taste! Always choose organic, antibiotic and hormone-free boneless chicken thighs.

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs – select good quality organic meat, if possible (4-6 boneless chicken thighs depending on size)

Air fryer boneless chicken thighs dry rub

  • 1 tsp salt – sea salt, Real salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (I prefer smoked paprika!)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or garlic granules)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (or onion granules)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional: adjust for spice preference!)
Overhead view of raw chicken and ingredients

🔪 Instructions: How to cook air fryer boneless skinless chicken thighs

Making air fryer boneless skinless chicken thighs is quick and easy! This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight meal.

First of all, spray the air fryer basket with avocado oil cooking spray or other oil. Preheat the air fryer with the air fryer basket in it, to 390 degrees F for 5 minutes.

After that, while the air fryer is preheating, get the chicken ready by trimming any fat you don’t want and pat it dry it with a paper towel. Place chicken thighs in a large zipper bag or another sealable container.

Chicken recipe dry rub

Then, in a small bowl, mix together the salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried thyme. Whisk it all together well to create the rub for the chicken.

After that, sprinkle it all over the chicken, seal the bag (or container), and shake it around until all of the chicken is coated with the rub.

Zipper bag with chicken and spices

Next, place the chicken in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray the tops of the chicken thighs with avocado oil or olive oil.

⏲ Air fryer chicken thighs: cooking time

Now, cook boneless chicken thighs in the air fryer basket at 390 degrees F for 17-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer.

Raw chicken thighs with spices in the air fryer basket to cook

I prefer to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer than just call it good because no one wants raw chicken!

You can flip them over halfway through to evenly cook boneless chicken thighs, but I don’t generally bother. Be careful of the hot air if you do open it in the middle to flip.

When ready, let the chicken rest 1-2 minutes. Then, all that’s left in this easy recipe is to remove them from the air fryer with silicone coated tongs. After that, place the air fried chicken thighs on a plate to serve with a side salad or other vegetables.

🥣 How to store air fryer boneless skinless chicken thighs

These deliciously easy air fryer chicken thighs keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, to be on the safe side. Also, they keep well in the freezer for 2-3 months in a freezer bag or other freezer container.

If you’re ready to reheat chicken thighs, put them back in the air fryer at 390 degrees F. Air fry for 5-7 minutes or they’re heated through. You can also reheat them in a 350 degree F oven for 10-15 minutes. Reheating chicken thighs can sometimes dry them out so be sure to watch the time! Or use a really good low carb BBQ sauce to add moisture!

Front view of an air fryer chicken thigh

🍱 Variations on air fryer boneless chicken thighs

There are so many ways to mix this dinner up a bit! Air fryer chicken thighs are delicious on their own, but here are a few ideas to try:

  • Add BBQ sauce, hot sauce, buffalo sauce, teriyaki or other delicious sauce after cooking chicken thighs in air fryer (I suggest keto friendly and sugar free!)
  • Top with a garlic butter
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese during the last minute of cooking
  • Serve over cauliflower rice
  • Add vegetables to the air fryer basket and cook them at the same time
  • Cook raw chicken after using a chicken marinade (air fry)
  • Top with fresh lemon juice
Fried zucchini with an air fryer chicken thigh

🥗 What to serve with boneless chicken thighs: side dishes

As I mentioned, air fryer boneless chicken thighs are delicious on their own, or you can serve them with side dishes of vegetables. Here are a few ideas to go with these crispy chicken thighs:

Overhead view of air fried radishes

Boneless chicken thighs in air fryer

I hope you enjoy this quick meal recipe for air fryer boneless skinless chicken thighs! There are so many options to air fry chicken (bone in chicken thighs, chicken breasts, legs) but cooking boneless chicken thighs is probably my favorite!

Let me know how it turns out in the comments below!

Air frying is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken because it’s a quick and easy recipe, and it always comes out perfectly cooked and juicy. With just a few ingredients and minutes in the air fryer, you’ll have a delicious and healthy meal that the whole family can enjoy or an easy meal prep for the week!

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy this boneless chicken thigh recipe!

Piece of chicken on a fork with a blurred background

I love to meal prep by air frying tender meat like this chicken recipe. What other air fryer chicken recipes do you like, or what else do you like to air fry?

📋 More air fryer recipes

Brats in Air Fryer: Quick and Easy

How to Cook Frozen Burgers in an Air Fryer

Air Fryer Radishes

Keto Turkey Burgers

Keto Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

👩‍🍳 Or some of my favorite chicken recipes!

I love chicken thighs and many chicken recipes! Most of these require you to cook either chicken thighs or chicken breasts so you can use what you have on hand.

Easy Keto Butter Chicken in the Instant Pot

Keto Mexican Chicken Bowls

Low Carb Keto Teriyaki Chicken

Keto Chicken Enchiladas

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Air fryer boneless chicken thighs, whole piece and a bite

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Air fryer boneless skinless chicken thigh on a white plate.

Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Super easy air fryer boneless skinless chicken thighs are the perfect family weeknight dinner! With just the right amount of spice, pair with a salad or green veggie for a delicious low carb or keto meal.

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 1.5 pounds (4 if extra large)

Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs Rub

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or garlic granules)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional: adjust for spice preference!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  2. Spray the air fryer basket with avocado oil cooking spray or other oil.
  3. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and place it in a zipper bag or other container that can be sealed.
  4. Combine everything but the chicken into a small bowl and whisk to combine: salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  5. Sprinkle the spice mix rub over the chicken.
  6. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal.
  7. Shake the bag to coat the chicken thighs.
  8. Carefully remove and place chicken thighs in the air fryer. in an even layer. Spray the tops of the chicken with avocado or olive oil spray.
  9. Cook boneless chicken thighs in air fryer for 17-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
  10. Remove from the air fryer and serve with a side salad or other vegetables.

Notes

Add 2-3 minutes to the cooking time for bone in chicken thighs.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 chicken thigh
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 5gCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 22g

*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For the most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

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I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.  

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