air fryer chicken thighs (with bone in thighs)

Air fryer thighs are packed with flavors, easy to cook, and ready in 30 minutes or less.


4 Big chicken thighs (bone in and skin on)
¼ teaspoon salt or less
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onions powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dry thyme
2 teaspoons paprika
½ – 1 teaspoon “Slap ya mama” Cajun Seasoning by Walker and sons
1 Maggi; crushed (or 1 teaspoon Knorr seasoning)
1 tablespoon EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil)
1 lemon


Wash the chicken thighs very well using ½ of one lemon (juiced). Pat dry with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible.
Add seasonings and olive oil to the thighs, wear gloves, and rub the dry rub on every part of the chicken thigh using your hands. Cover and allow the thighs to marinate for 2 hours or cook immediately if in a hurry.
Preheat the Air Fryer to 400, place chicken skin up, flip/turn after 10 minutes, and cook for another 5 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350, and cook for another 10 – 15 minutes. I cooked these big thighs for a total of 27 minutes.
*Please note that cooking time can vary due to the chicken size of your chicken thigh or the type of air fryer. I have big chicken thighs, and they cooked at a good time. Equally, I have the Instant Pot Air Fryer, which works very well! Your best bet for cooking meat in the Air Fryer is to use a meat thermometer.

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