Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Tragedy struck yesterday. I honestly couldn’t be more excited that it’s finally Tuesday. Because tragedy struck yesterday. I was trying to make some molten lava cakes and I was failing pretty hard. So I decided to go a different route that wouldn’t lead me into failure. Problem was, I spilled the molten lava cakes everywhere and had slippery chocolate fingers, which led me to drop the basket of my air fryer and dent it. Now it doesn’t fit in my air fryer correctly. That meant I couldn’t make my Creamy Garlic Air Fryer Potatoes. It was all quite upsetting. New recipe failure then a dinner failure. It was a Monday I don’t care to relive.

And it really doesn’t make sense that it was such a bad Monday because it was an awesome weekend. It was the most social I’ve been in at least 7 years. You see, I don’t love being excessively social come weekends. I don’t like going out to sh*tty bars or ordering crappy drinks while making small talk with friends I haven’t seen in a while. But my husband is really good at that. And problem is, he has about a million friends to keep up with. So I pulled on my big girl pants over the weekend and I pretended to be a social butterfly as much as possible. Big crowds give me anxiety and small talk gives me even more anxiety. I’m much more of a one-on-one kind of person.

Which was perfect for our double date with two of our friends on Saturday! We are so lucky to have some bomb ass neighbors who have now become our friends, too. The guy golfs with my husband and the girl likes to workout and eat delicious food as much as I do. And she’s an amazing photographer who is just kicking off her photography business. We just shot some photos together for this post last week and she braved 9 degree weather for me to get the shot. She’s the best. So on Saturday night, we all grabbed sushi together then we went to Comedy Works where we saw Eric Griffin. And he was AWESOME!! I laughed so hard that I couldn’t breathe and thought I would pass out at one point. Being a comedian must be so damn hard and for me to laugh the ENTIRE time says something. I have a cold soul, as you may know from reading this blog regularly.

But anywho, it’s now Tuesday and I’m ready to have the best week yet, filled with non-broken appliances and some time to myself, not making small talk in large groups of people. And I’m going to kick that week off by making these chicken thighs. I go in spurts of making chicken thighs every day then forgetting about them for a while. But I’m back on that train because skin-on chicken thighs in the air fryer are LIFE CHANGING!! It’s the crispiest skin of all time with the most moist chicken you’ll ever eat. And stop being grossed out by the word moist. It works here, ok?

PS have you seen the new season of True Detective? I’m two episodes in and already obsessed!

PaleOMG Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Prep Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
20 minutes

Total Time
25 minutes



  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. While air fryer preheats, pat chicken thighs dry. Sprinkle with salt and garlic powder on all sides.
  3. Once preheated, add chicken thighs to wire basket leaving room between each chicken thigh to help cook evenly throughout.
  4. Turn temperature up to 400 degrees F and time up to 18 minutes. Once time is up and chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, let rest for a couple minutes, then top with black pepper before slicing!

by juli

Recipe Notes

*I cut out the bone myself, but you can also ask your butcher to do this for you!

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