Food Network Kitchen’s Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs, as seen on Food Network.
Recipe courtesy of Nikki Scott for Food Network Kitchen

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Juicy, tender dark-meat chicken with the crispiest skin in less than twenty minutes—who could ask for anything more? Serve these lightly seasoned chicken thighs as is, or toss them while still hot with your favorite barbecue or buffalo sauce to give this quick and easy anytime meal an extra kick.



Special equipment:
a 3.5-quart air fryer
  1. Mix together the granulated garlic, onion powder, thyme, paprika, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Pat the chicken dry and add to a medium bowl. Add the olive oil and half of the spice mix, then toss to combine.
  2. Add the flour to the remaining spice mix and stir to combine. Transfer the flour mixture to a large resealable bag. Add the seasoned thighs to the bag, seal well and toss until the chicken is fully coated in the flour.  
  3. Preheat a 3.5-quart air fryer to 400 degrees F. Add the chicken thighs to the air fryer basket, skin-side down and without touching. Cook, flipping skin-side up halfway through, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part (avoiding the bone) reads 165 degrees F, about 18 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.