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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Your search for the best air fryer chicken thigh recipe is over with these incredible yogurt marinated Air Fryer Chicken Thighs. Fresh lemon and dill add the perfect finish to this crispy on the outside, tender on the inside chicken.

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Easy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipe

These crispy Air Fryer Chicken thighs are marinated in combination of Greek yogurt and lemon bringing the bright citrus notes then they’re seasoned with oregano and fresh dill for that Mediterranean flair. The result is tender and juicy chicken with the bonus of  just the right amount of char from the process of cooking it in an air fryer. How to make Greek Air Fryer Chicken Thighs: (Scroll down for full printable recipe.)

  • Prepare Yogurt Marinade – In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, parsley, dill, lemon juice, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder, oregano and red pepper flakes in a small bowl
  • Chicken – Place chicken thighs into a large Ziploc bag. Add marinade. Seal and shake to evenly coat chicken pieces. Place into the fridge to marinate overnight or at least 8 hours.
  • Prepare Air Fryer – Preheat the air fryer to 380°F. Spray basket of air fryer with cooking spray or an oil mister.
  • Cook – Remove chicken from marinade letting excess drip off. Discard marinade. Place chicken thighs skin side down in basket cooking for 12 minutes.
  • Flip and continue to cook skin up for another 8-10 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165°F is reached and juices run clear.
  • Let rest 5 minutes, then garnish with reserved parsley and dill.
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How to Make the BEST Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipe

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Air Fryer Chicken Thighs: Skin on bone-in chicken thighs, Greek yogurt, Italian parsley,fresh dill, lemon,granulated garlic or garlic powder, salt, freshly ground black pepper, onion powder, dry oregano, crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: Air Fryer, measuring cups and spoons, sharp knife and cutting board.
  • Plain Greek yogurt is best for this recipe. Should you choose to use regular plain yogurt, it’s more tart, so decrease the lemon juice by 1 tablespoon.
  • You absolutely will love this meal if you marinate the chicken overnight! Yogurt marinades allow the chicken to slowly break down and soften in such a way that you end up with the juiciest chicken in the world. Not to mention the air fryer allows the outside skin to get really crispy and delicious. The fresh flavor combination will blow your socks off.
  • In a pinch you could use lemon juice from concentrate or even lime juice, if desired.
  • The amount of time this is left in the air fryer will make the chicken look a little charred, but it
    actually ends up being deliciously crispy and yummy that way. If you don’t like that, you can
    decrease the cooking time by 1-2 minutes.
  • I highly recommend making a double batch of the marinade so you have some extra to serve for dipping.
  • You could also use buttermilk to thin out marinade to use as a salad dressing. Add in small amounts until it reaches the consistency that you want.
  • On the slight, miniscule chance that you have any of these incredible pieces of Air Fryer Chicken Thighs leftover you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • You can also freeze them for 2-3 months.
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How to Make Baked Chicken Thighs

Please note when baking the appearance and skin texture will be different than air frying. 

Baking Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Fit a rimmed pan with a rack. Spray liberally with cooking spray.
  • Remove chicken from marinade allowing excess to drip off.
  • Place on a baking rack skin side up.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until juices run clear and a thermometer registers 165°F.
  • May broil to char skin further at the end of baking, if desired.
  • Rest for 5 minutes, then enjoy.
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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time22 minutes
Marinade time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 27 minutes
Course: Main Course, Poultry
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: air-fryer-chicken-recipes, air-fryer-chicken-thighs, yogurt-marinated-chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 300kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp fresh Italian parsley finely chopped, divided use
  • 3 Tbsp fresh dill finely chopped, divided use
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced (to equal 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 large chicken thighs bone in skin on

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp parsley, 2 Tbsp dill, lemon juice, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder, oregano and red pepper flakes in a small bowl
  • Place chicken thighs into a large Ziploc bag. Add marinade. Seal and shake to evenly coat chicken pieces. Place into the fridge to marinate overnight or at least 8 hours.
  • Prepare: Preheat the air fryer to 380°F. Remove chicken from marinade letting excess drip off. Discard marinade.
  • Spray basket of air fryer with cooking spray or an oil mister. Place chicken thighs skin side down in basket cooking for 12 minutes. Flip and continue to cook skin up for another 8-10 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165°F is reached and juices run clear.
  • Let rest 5 minutes, then garnish with reserved parsley and dill.

Notes

Please note when baking the appearance and skin texture will be different than air frying. 
To Bake Chicken Thighs:
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Fit a rimmed pan with a rack. Spray liberally with cooking spray.
  • Remove chicken from marinade allowing excess to drip off.
  • Place on a baking rack skin side up. 
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until juices run clear and a thermometer registers 165°F.
  • May broil to char skin further at the end of baking, if desired.
  • Rest for 5 minutes, then enjoy. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 989mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 478IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This air fryer chicken is so flavorful and juicy. I cut the meat off the leftover chicken and used it in wraps the next day. This chicken recipe is great for meal prep.

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