On busy weeknights, this recipe for frozen chicken thighs in the air fryer is perfect the next time you forget to defrost something for dinner.

Air Fryer frozen chicken thighs come out tender and juicy with seasoned crispy skin and are ready to serve in minutes.

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Easy Way to Cook Frozen Chicken Thighs

  • The air fryer makes chicken that tastes like fried but with much less fat and a lot less cleanup.
  • Air fryer chicken thighs are tender and juicy with a crispy skin.
  • This recipe cooks chicken thighs in minutes, raw or frozen.
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4 Simple Ingredients!

Chicken – Bone-in, skin-on thighs will have more flavor than boneless and skinless, but either will do.

Seasonings – Buy or make Italian seasoning. Even a simple sprinkle of garlic powder and salt and pepper will add flavor to the crispy skin.

Variations – Brush on your favorite BBQ sauce or buffalo sauce halfway through cooking so it glazes onto the skin.

How to Air Fry Frozen Chicken Thighs

  1. Spray chicken pieces with cooking spray and toss them in the seasonings.
  2. Cook thighs in a single layer in the Air Fryer.
  3. Flip the chicken over and cook until crispy and ready.
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Tips for Chicken Thighs

  • Chicken thighs should read 165°F on a thermometer, but can be pulled from the air fryer at around 162°F since they will cook a little longer as they rest.
  • The key to perfectly air-fried food is always to preheat the air fryer. The burst of hot air circulates the chicken, making it crispy without using a lot of fat.
  • Be sure to separate pieces of chicken that might be frozen together and avoid overcrowding the air fryer or the chicken won’t cook evenly. Keep cooked chicken warm in the oven if cooking in batches. Broil chicken for about 2 minutes for even crispier skins.
  • Keep leftover chicken thighs in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the air fryer at 400°F for 3-4 minutes.

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are quick and easy to prepare with minimal seasonings and cooked straight from frozen!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4



  • 4 frozen bone-in chicken thighs
  • cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt or to taste


  • Spray the chicken thighs on both sides with cooking spray and sprinkle with the seasonings.
  • Place the thighs in the air fryer basket, skin side down and cook for 15 minutes at 360℉.
  • Flip the chicken over and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked through and the chicken reaches 165°F.


Ensure the chicken thighs are separated before air frying.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1chicken thigh | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 121IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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