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Easy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs (in 3 Steps!)

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These simple to make air fryer boneless chicken thighs in no time! The juiciest, tender chicken with only a few simple ingredients.

If you have an air fryer, 20 minutes and a few ingredients, this amazing chicken will practically make itself! 

chicken thighs in the air fryer
Air frying chicken is easy to do!

Can I air fry chicken thighs from frozen? 

Yes, air frying chicken from frozen is effortless.

After a few minutes in the air fryer, I do recommend removing them and chopping them into smaller pieces, and adding your seasonings at that time. 

This will allow them to cook more evenly and allow for the juicy flavors to get in. I often serve these chicken thighs with Mexican Cauliflower Rice.

What to do with leftover chicken thighs? 

I love to add my shredded chicken thighs to soups, roasted veggies or served over cauliflower rice. 

If you like a creamy spinach chicken, check out my easy chicken spinach casserole.

What is the best seasoning for air fryer chicken thighs? 

The basic, must-have seasoning for chicken thighs is poultry seasoning. It really brings out the flavors of the chicken and it’s not spicy or too overpowering. 

Like your chicken spicy? Add a mix of ground red pepper, black pepper or Cajun seasoning. 

Like a mild seasoning? Use lemon pepper or garlic powder instead of poultry seasoning.

Love an Asian-style sauce? Try them with our keto sweet chili sauce.

prepping chicken thighs
Gallon-sized bags are the best for shaking chicken

How do I prepare chicken thighs for the air fryer? 

These shake n bake chicken thighs are not only delicious and healthy, but they air fry in no time.

First, place your poultry seasoning into an air-tight gallon freezer bag. 

Next, add your chicken thighs, seal and shake the bag to disperse the seasoning.

With tongs, remove the thighs and add to your air fryer. 

Don’t forget to spray with non-stick cooking spray (this will add a bit of crisp).

How many calories do chicken thighs have? 

One chicken thigh without skin has about 206 calories.

How many carbs do air fryer boneless chicken thighs have? 

There are no carbs in chicken. And, these thighs aren’t covered in breading, so they are very low in carbs. If you prefer breading, try our keto breadcrumbs.

How long will chicken thighs keep in the fridge? 

These should keep up to two full days if cooked thoroughly.

tender juicy air fryer keto chicken thigh
Juicy and tender!

Can I freeze cooked chicken thighs? 

Yes, you can freeze these chicken thighs for up to 3 months in a sealed freezer bag.

I like to place mine in a bag and then into an air-tight container.

How do I make chicken thighs in oven?

To make this recipe in the oven, follow the same directions, using a non-stick pan. 

You’ll want to bake at 380 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

To keep chicken nice and juicy, cover with aluminum foil after flipping half way through.

piece of tender juicy chicken thigh
Melt-in-your-mouth chicken thighs

Can I make this recipe with bone-in or chicken thighs with skin? 


If you’re making with skin-on thighs, air fry with the skin facing down first and flip halfway through.

What can I substitute for chicken thighs? 

If you do not have chicken thighs on hand, you can use chicken breasts for this recipe

If the chicken breasts are large, cut in half lengthwise, then air fry.

You may also air fry chicken leg quarters or chicken wings

plate of the best chicken thighs
The perfect protein for busy weeknights

What side dishes go with chicken thighs? 

Chicken thighs are deliciously healthy when served up with some awesome vegetable side dishes. 

Easy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Only 3 simple steps for the juiciest air fryer chicken thighs. Shake in a freezer bag, air fry, and dinner is done!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 257kcal
Author: Amber @ Low Carb Quick


  • freezer bag (for shaking / coating chicken thighs)


  • 4 chicken thighs boneless or bone-in and/or skin on
  • 3 tbsp poultry seasoning (add garlic powder and paprika for extra flavor)


  • Preheat your air fryer to 380° F for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add seasoning to freezer bag and shake chicken.
    chicken and spice prep in ziplock bag
  • Spray inside air fryer rack with cooking spray and add seasoned chicken thighs.
  • Fry at 13 minutes per side, flipping halfway through.Chicken is finished cooking when internal temperature reaches 165°F.
    easy keto air fryer chicken thighs


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

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