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Air Fryer chicken thighs on green platter.

Air Fryer Marinated Boneless Chicken Thighs

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  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Marinate: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


Boneless skinless chicken thighs are marinated for maximum flavor and then quickly cooked in your air fryer. You will love that the chicken is so juicy on the inside and lightly crisped on the outside.


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  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1/4 cup balsamic dressing
  • 1 teaspoon general chicken seasoning ( combination of onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup, regular or sugar free
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (6 thighs in this recipe)


  1. Stir together the ingredients for the marinade.
  2. Pour into a plastic storage bag or glass bowl.  
  3. Add the chicken, refrigerate covered, and marinate for 1-8 hours.
  4. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.  
  5. Drain marinade from chicken thighs and pat dry.
  6. Place thighs in basket without overlapping.
  7. Air fry for 8 minutes.
  8. Flip the chicken thighs and fry for another 7-8 minutes.
  9. Test with meat thermometer.  If it registers 165°F, it is done.  If not, cook another 5 minutes or as needed.


* If you don't have a general, all purpose seasoning, mix up a blend of available spices.  You can use onion powder, paprika, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.

*To lessen some cleanup, line the air fryer basket with paper liners specifically made for air fryers.  They have holes perforated in them and are used in the basket after the fryer has been preheated, as per instructions.

*Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  Or freeze for up to 3 months.  Defrost overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in 375°F oven for 10 minutes or until hot. Or air fry for 5 minutes, until hot.