A super quick and easy recipe for air fryer boneless chicken thighs with a sticky sauce and lots of flavor!

Fresh or frozen boneless and skinless chicken thighs are simply seasoned with a delicious sauce and popped into the air fryer. The sauce makes a crispy glaze on the outside while the meat stays perfectly juicy and tender!

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Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs

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Best Air Fryer Chicken

  • Everyone loves the ease of the air fryer!
  • It makes foolproof juicy chicken that’s perfect every time.
  • The air fryer means minimal prep and cleanup.
  • Chicken thighs are small enough to be served as an appetizer or a side dish but loaded with flavor!
  • Make in batches and place all thighs in the air fryer for about 2-3 minutes at 400°F to heat through before serving.

Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs ingredients

Ingredients & Variations

CHICKEN The air fryer takes chicken from so-so to amazing! Skin on or skin off, boneless or bone-in, choose pieces that are of a relative size so they cook at the same rate. This recipe is for boneless thighs, if your thighs are bone-in, you’ll need to change the cooking time and add the sauce later so it doesn’t burn.

SAUCE Choose your sauce! Use teriyaki as per the recipe or even a favorite stir fry sauce or hoisin; all will make a delicious sticky glaze. Choose a teriyaki sauce that is thick, like the consistency of bbq sauce. We add garlic for a boost of flavor but feel free to use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in place or a dash of cayenne pepper for a little heat.

Teriyaki sauce is salty so I don’t find the need to add extra salt but you can season the chicken with pepper and your favorites spices.

Marinated chicken in an air fryer basket

How Long to Cook Boneless Chicken Thighs in Air Fryer

This Air Fryer Chicken recipe is easy to make and boneless skinless chicken thighs are ready in no time!

  1. Toss chicken with the sauce.
  2. Place in a single layer in the air fryer basket (per recipe below).
  3. Air fry until fully cooked and crispy on the outside, about 17-20 minutes at 380°F.

Tip: Use a meat thermometer placed in the thickest part of the meat to ensure the chicken is fully cooked. It should read 165ºF.

Cooked Boneless Chicken Thighs in an air fryer basket

Tips for Crispy Air Fryer Chicken

  • Pat chicken pieces dry with a clean paper towel before saucing so the sauce sticks before the pieces are added to the air fryer.
  • There is no need to flip the chicken.
  • Always place the pieces in a single layer so the hot air can circulate around each piece making the outsides extra crispy.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer.
  • If using bone-in chicken, the cooking time will increase. The sauce will need to be added later in the cooking process so it doesn’t burn.

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Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs

Boneless chicken thighs in a sticky teriyaki sauce with sesame seeds.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • ½ cup teriyaki sauce or any sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds

Instructions 

  • Preheat air fryer 380°F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until combined.
  • Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 17-20 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Notes

  • Pat chicken pieces dry with a clean paper towel before saucing so the sauce sticks before the pieces are added to the air fryer.
  • Always place the pieces in a single layer so the hot air can circulate around each piece making the outsides extra crispy.
  • Don't overcrowd the air fryer. 
  • If using bone-in chicken, the cooking time will increase. The sauce will need to be added later in the cooking process so it doesn't burn.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1466mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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Holly is a mom of 4 with a love for all things air fryer! Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making recipes for the everyday home cook!
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  1. This recipe is awesome! I used teriyaki aminos and it was outstanding! I did flip mine and with my air fryer could have cooked for less time but that is something you always have adjust based on your appliance. My husband said to please have this on a regular rotation! I agree, super good. Since this was not used as an overnight marinade, I put the leftover in a small saucepan, brought it to a boil, added a little arrowroot powder and cooked until thickened. It made a beautiful glaze.

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe. I love the idea of using the leftover sauce as a glaze, thank you for sharing Angel!