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Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs

These easy air fryer boneless chicken thighs are brushed with a simple but delicious honey mustard sauce for juicy, tender chicken that’s bursting with flavor!

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Boneless chicken thighs prepared in the air fryer on a whit plate with rice and green beans

Busy weeknights don’t mean you have to resort to boring meals or picking up take-out. Instead, try these 20-minute air fryer boneless chicken thighs for a crave-worthy meal the whole family will love!

The boneless skinless thighs are brushed in a simple honey-mustard sauce that caramelizes as they cook for a serious burst of flavor. Meanwhile, the air fryer keeps the chicken tender and juicy for perfection in every bite.

When you’re short on time, quick and easy meals are a must. That’s why I love these air fryer boneless skinless chicken thighs. They don’t need to be marinated, and you can go from fridge to table in 20 minutes flat!

Air Fryer I recommend: Large, easy to clean, square basket, burner on top and bottom. Click to see it.
Overhead view of ingredients needed to prepare air fryer boneless chicken thighs.

How to Make Boneless Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer

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STEP ONE: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.

STEP TWO: In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 

STEP THREE: Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels, then place them in the preheated air fryer basket. Brush the sauce over the chicken thighs.

Boneless chicken thighs in a black air fryer basket.

STEP FOUR: Air fry the thighs for 12-14 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Overhead view of five air fried boneless chicken thighs in a black air fryer basket.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Boneless Chicken Thighs on a white plate with rice and green beans.

How Long to Cook Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer

Any time you’re cooking chicken, you want to make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. The easiest way to tell when your thighs are done is to use an Instant Read Thermometer and insert it at the thickest part of the biggest chicken thigh.

For me, 12-14 minutes is usually the perfect amount of time to cook the thighs. This gives the honey-mustard sauce time to caramelize while the chicken stays nice and juicy without overcooking.

Also, please keep in mind that this recipe is for air fryer chicken thighs that are boneless and skinless. If you have bone-in thighs, check out my Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs or Air Fryer Bone In Chicken Thighs for the most accurate cook time and temperature.

A fork holding a piece of boneless chicken thigh on a white plate with rice and green beans.

Tips for Making the Best Air Fryer Skinless Chicken Thighs

  • Thoroughly pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. The more excess moisture you can remove, the crispier the thighs will get on the outside. This will also prevent the thighs from steaming.
  • Brush the thighs with the honey-mustard sauce really well. You want the sauce to be able to sink into the thighs and caramelize in the air fryer.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket. If you try to cook too many chicken thighs at once, you could end up with uneven results, and the sauce won’t caramelize as nicely.
  • Flip the chicken thighs halfway through the cooking time. This helps the thighs cook all the way through.
A fork holding a piece of boneless chicken thigh on a white plate with green beans in the background.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs

Overhead view of five air fried boneless chicken thighs in a black air fryer basket.

These easy air fryer boneless chicken thighs are brushed with a simple but delicious honey mustard sauce for juicy, tender chicken that’s bursting with flavor!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and place them in the preheated air fryer basket.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Brush the sauce over the chicken thighs.
  4. Air fry for 12-14 minutes, flipping halfway if desired, until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 666mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 28g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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5 thoughts on “Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs”

  1. How do you suggest cooking your recipes in an oven type air fryer that has shelves. What is the difference in time and temperature.

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