Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

These Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are perfectly crispy, extra juicy, and so flavorful!  Ready in less than 20 minutes and perfect with all of your favorite dinner side dishes. If an official “best way” to cook bone-in skin-on chicken thighs existed, the air fryer would be the clear winner. Not exaggerating, the crispness of that chicken skin was complete perfection. So mind-blowing, I can still hear the crackling. I doubt I’ll ever make chicken thighs any other way again.

Why Air Fryer Chicken?

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Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels. Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Mix well to coat.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs


Combine the paprika, brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper in a small bowl. Mix well. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken thighs with the seasoning mixture.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs


Spray the inside basket of the air fryer with non-stick cooking spray. Add the chicken thighs so that they are not overlapping (see notes).

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs


Cook for 10 minutes at 380°F. Flip the chicken over and continue to cook for an additional 8-12 minutes, or until the internal temperature registers 165° as measured with an instant-read thermometer (cooking time will vary).

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs


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