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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipe

Tired of added fats and artificial liquids? Take the easy way out with this air fryer chicken thighs recipe! It calls for budget-friendly and readily available ingredients only. The result? Incredibly juicy and satisfying chicken thighs with a crispy exterior done in just 40 minutes!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken thighs, air fryer chicken thighs recipe, chicken thighs in an air fryer, how to make chicken thighs in an air fryer
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 508kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 30 oz skin-on bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder divided
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder divided
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 10 oz cooked penne equals 4 oz raw
  • 4 oz green peas
  • 0.5 oz red onion


  • Make the spice mix for the chicken: In a small bowl, combine 1 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp chili powder.
  • Rub 30 oz chicken thighs with the spice mix evenly. Let them rest for 5 minutes.
  • Cook the chicken thighs skin-side down in the air fryer at 360℉ for 15 minutes.
  • Flip sides and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Flip sides again (back to skin-side down) and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • While cooking, make the dressing for the pasta-veggie mix: In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon zest, 2 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 tbsp chopped parsley, 2 tbsp Greek yogurt, and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir well.
  • Stir 10 oz penne, 4 oz green peas, and 0.5 oz red onion in the large dressing bowl.
  • Remove the chicken thighs from the heat. Enjoy with a light pasta salad on the side.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 492mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1169IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg