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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Meet your latest weeknight dinner. Chicken thighs are soaked in a zesty balsamic marinade to tenderize and add tons of flavor to the meat. They’re then cooked in an air fryer until crispy and golden brown. It’s a super easy recipe and minimal clean up with the help of the air fryer!

Tasty Team
83% would make again
Total Time

4 hr 25 min

4 hr 25 min

Prep Time

10 minutes

10 min

Cook Time

15 minutes

15 min

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Total Time

4 hr 25 min

4 hr 25 min

Prep Time

10 minutes

10 min

Cook Time

15 minutes

15 min

Ingredients

for 2 servings

  • 4 chicken thighs, large bone-in, skin on
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar (60 mL)
  • ½ cup olive oil (60 mL)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • fresh herb, for garnish, chopped

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 393
  • Fat 25g
  • Carbs 6g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 4g
  • Protein 34g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Generously season the chicken thighs with salt on both sides, including under the skin.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning.
  3. Add chicken thighs to the marinade and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Let the chicken come to room temperature before cooking.
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 380°F (195°C) for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry with a paper towel. Lightly spray with cooking spray or rub with a bit of olive oil.
  6. Add the chicken thighs (as many as will fit) to the air fryer, skin-side down, and cook for 5–7 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook 5 –7 minutes more, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C). Repeat with the remaining chicken thighs, if needed.
  7. Garnish with herbs of choice and serve.
  8. Enjoy!
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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs