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Italian Baked Chicken Thighs on a white platter.

Air Fryer Italian Chicken Thighs

Air fryer chicken thighs are a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken. This method of cooking plus our simple Italian seasoning combination yields an amazing recipe that it is done in a flash.

Yield: 6 servings 1x
Prep: 5 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 25 minutes


  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 2 lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed in hand
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

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Make It Now:

  1. Prep: Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Make Rub: In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, and paprika.
  3. Season Chicken: Arrange the chicken on the baking sheet. Pat dry with paper towels and trim off any excess skin/fat. Drizzle the oil evenly over the chicken and rub in on all sides. Sprinkle the seasoning evenly over the chicken and rub in on all sides.
  4. Air Fry: Spray air fryer insert with cooking spray. Add seasoned chicken thighs and air fry for 18-20 minutes, flipping half way through. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F and/or have no more pink inside. 

Freeze For Later: Place the seasoned, raw chicken thighs into a gallon-sized freezer bag in a single layer. Seal and freeze flat.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw using one of these safe methods and then cook as directed in Step 4.

© Author: Polly Conner
Cuisine: Italian Method: Air Fryer