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Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

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These Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are quick, easy, and on your dinner table in less than 20 minutes. Juicy moist chicken made right in your Air Fryer.

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Quick and easy weeknight options are a must in our house, especially these days. We’ve moved outside the city (yay) which means a longer commute after work (nay). Most evenings, I come in the house exhausted, ready to order “la pizza.”

But with this Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Thigh Recipe, pizza gets pushed on the back burner and this gets made in a jiffy. It’s full of flavor and I don’t have to wait for my chicken to marinate, woo hoo! My chicken thighs still come out juicy and moist and full of flavor.

air fryer lemon pepper chicken thighs on a white plate

Chicken thighs are one of my favorite pieces of chicken to cook in an Air Fryer. They don’t dry out, they’re full of flavor, and they’re pretty much hands off.

How do you cook chicken thighs in an Air Fryer?

For this recipe, I start by washing and drying my chicken thighs. Yes, I know the big as you wish when it comes to washing your chicken. But…make sure they are dry when adding the seasonings.

I then season my chicken thighs with my seasonings. For this recipe, I use lemon pepper seasoning, fresh lemon juice, black pepper, paprika, italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Most lemon pepper seasoning by itself just doesn’t move me, so I add to it.

seasoned air fryer chicken thighs before placing in air fryer

I then place my chicken thighs in my Air Fryer…it’s ok if they touch a little.

seasones air fryer chicken thighs before cooking

I follow the following cooktimes:

  • Boneless chicken thighs: 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-17 minutes, flipping halfway through
  • Bone in chicken thighs: 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 22-25, flipping halfway through. Then crank up to 390 degrees for 5 minutes if you want crispy skin.

Then serve and enjoy your delicious moist Lemon Pepper Chicken.

Do I need to spray these chicken thighs with oil?

Not this time! I find that some foods need oil while others don’t. Since there is no breading on this and chicken thighs have their own natural fat, you don’t need oil. I talk about this and more in my 10 Air Fryer Tips every Air Fryer Owner Should Know.

Will these chicken thighs get crispy?

Not if they are skinless, because there isn’t really much to crisp. If you want crispy chicken thighs, skin on would work best.

I hope you enjoy these lemon pepper chicken thighs as much as we do.

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Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Easy and delicious Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs that are made in your Air Fryer. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken thighs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 251kcal
Author Tanya


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 ½ Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ Tbsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Italian Seasoning
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper


  • Wash and dry chicken thighs. Rub remaining ingredients over chicken thighs.
  • Place in Air fryer and cook on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, turning halfway through until the chicken has reached a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

For Skin On Bone in Chicken Thighs

  • For bone in thighs with skin, increase cook time for 22-25 minutes at 360 degrees. Then cook on 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes more.


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Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 238mg | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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Laura Stapleton

Thursday 20th of August 2020

My 13-year-old daughter declared this "better than KFC" tonight. Followed the directions exactly except my skinless, boneless thighs were done cooking after about 12 minutes. So easy! Thanks for the new recipe to add to our rotation!


Friday 21st of August 2020

Thank you Laura :) So glad you all enjoyed the recipe.


Sunday 2nd of August 2020

You don’t specify air fry or bake setting?


Sunday 1st of November 2020

@Paulette, The post says Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken


Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Hi Paulette, my air fryer only has one setting of air fry. You can set the air fry setting on your machine if it gives two options.


Friday 31st of July 2020

Okay. Followed the recipe and placed in my air fryer. My air fryer was dead! I used it less than a week ago--bummer. Had everything ready and read all of the notes beforehand. No choice but to use my skillet. I did and it was great. I didn't add oil, medium heat and used my thermometer. It was delicious! Thank you.


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Made this today and it was spot on. Turned out great and really easy to do. I think this has become my go to for doing chicken thighs. Thanks for recipe.


Thursday 18th of June 2020

Used skin on bone in chicken thighs and accidentally left out the lemon juice. Came out delicious. All the goodness of oven baked without turning on the oven.

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