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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 debate..do 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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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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Nutrition

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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Amanda Schaible

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

I haven’t tasted these yet. But an FYI for anyone using the instapot vortex plus cooking time or temp will need to be adjusted. I am on about 25-30 min at 360*F.

Suzy

Friday 17th of September 2021

I enjoyed the recipe very much. I doubled the lemon juice because I accidentally squeezed too much and I wasn't going to throw it away. I added a little salt. I got called away and had to leave it. I left it marinate for about 1/2 hour. I don't know if these things changed anything but it was excellent.

Gretchen A Riley

Thursday 15th of July 2021

When do you put thelemon juice on? Or do you mix all the dry ingredients together with the lemon juice? I sprinkled tge juice on the thighs then rubbed the dry ingredients all over the thighs. I had mixed the dry ingredients together 1st. The chicken thighs were good.

Tanya

Saturday 17th of July 2021

Hi Gretchen, I mixed all the ingredients together. I'll update the card to indicate that. Glad you liked them and thank you :)

Niamh

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

This was so quick and so tasty and my 17yo son ate 5 of them after swim practice. Super picky eater, he loved them. This is going to be a weekly dinner for sure!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

Lana

Friday 30th of April 2021

Forgot to mention: made those in Instant pot duo crisp. Time worked perfectly for me.