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Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs are tender, juicy and make a simple recipe. I love the crispy skin that the air fryer gives to chicken thighs and how little clean-up is involved. You can change up the spices that are used in the marinade depending on what you have on hand. 

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs on a white plate.

AIR FRYER MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN THIGHS 

You are going to love this low carb, easy recipe for crispy chicken thighs!  

My new favorite way to cook chicken thighs is air frying them. 

There is something about air fryer chicken recipes – I think it is the crispy outer skin that is just so good.  

The three things I love most about my air fryer: very little clean-up, no heating up your house in the summer months and the tender, juicy and crispiness the air fryer produces. 

When it comes to chicken thighs it really helps to hold in the juices and create a tender, mouthwatering piece of chicken. 

Air fryer recipes are my favorite because they are perfect for a busy weeknight. 

I like to make a variety of recipes like this Air Fryer Cod, Air Fryer Chicken Tenders and these Air Fryer Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders

Today’s recipe uses Smart Chicken Organic Bone-in, Skin-on Chicken Thighs. You can locate Smart Chicken near you at this link

You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs but I personally think the bone-in helps keep the juices in the chicken. 

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs ingredients.

I also believe that the brand you purchase impacts the end flavor and tenderness of the chicken.

My favorite thing about Smart Chicken is that they use an air-chilling process rather than cold water, which creates a more tender chicken.

Smart Chicken is a Midwest company – as a Midwest girl for most of my life this makes me happy.

I am all about supporting local companies. 

While most chicken brands are in the deep south they took a much broader view, opting to locate where the natural resources necessary to operate to their standards were most readily available, and available in a manner with the least potential adverse impact on the environment.

In celebration of Earth Day, which was last month, I love that Smart Chicken is committed to helping our environment and holds this as a value of their company. 

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs in a bowl.  

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN AIR FRYER CHICKEN THIGHS?

FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN SALAD

  • TOMATOES
  • CUCUMBERS
  • GREEN ONIONS
  • FRESH PARSLEY 
  • FETA CHEESE
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 
  • LEMON JUICE
  • GARLIC
  • SUMAC OR ZA’ATAR 

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs salad ingredients in a bowl.

HOW DO YOU MAKE AIR FRYER MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN THIGHS?

Trim fat from the chicken as necessary and pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel.

In a large ziplock bag or a large container add the chicken.

In a small bowl combine the olive oil, lemon, zest, garlic cloves, oregano, thyme, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and mix well.

Pour the marinade over the chicken and massage the marinade into the meat until the meat is coated with the marinade.

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs in a ziplock bag.

Refrigerate for two hours in a sealed ziplock bag or an airtight container.

Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees for 5 minutes.

Spray the air fryer with a little oil or cooking spray. 

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs in a bowl.

Depending on the size of your air fryer you will have to work in batches. My air fryer can cook 4 thighs at a time.

Take the chicken thighs out and lay them skin side down in the air fryer basket in a single layer.

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs in an air fryer.

Put the remaining chicken thighs back in the fridge in the container or ziplock until you are ready to use them.

Close the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes. Open and flip the chicken thighs so the skin is up.

Cook for another 14 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer. 

If you want extra crispy skin you can cook in increments of 2 minutes until you get the crispiness you like.

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs in an air fryer.

TIPS FOR MAKING THESE AIR FRYER CHICKEN THIGHS 

MEDITERRANEAN SALAD: When you serve these air fryer chicken thighs I suggest creating the simple Mediterranean salad provided in the recipe or you could make this Summer Orzo Pasta Salad, Mediterranean Bean Salad or this Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts to serve with it. 

MARINADE: Today’s Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs uses one of my favorite Mediterranean inspired marinades from this Greek Marinated Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce recipe. 

OVER-CROWDING: You want to make sure not to overcrowd the chicken in the air fryer. This prevents the hot air from coming up through the air fryer.

I can fit 4 chicken thighs in mine with space between each ensuring juicy chicken thighs every time.

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs on white platter.

FLIPPING: Make sure to flip the chicken halfway through to ensure the chicken cooks evenly.

I start with the skin side down so the chicken cooks evenly to the bone and the skin gets a nice browning this way. 

SPICES: I gave you a Mediterranean marinade to use for this chicken but you can use any combination of olive oil and spices. It can be as simple as a simple seasoning, an Italian marinade or use a yogurt marinade like in this Mediterranean Chicken

PAPER TOWEL: It helps to use a paper towel to dry off the chicken thighs before you marinade them or add spices. This helps to release the moisture which in turn helps the skin crisp. 

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs on a white platter.

HOW LONG DO YOU COOK CHICKEN THIGHS IN THE AIR FRYER?

The cooking time on air fryer chicken thighs depends on if you are using bone-in, skin-on or boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

Here is the rule of thumb when it comes to how long to cook chicken thighs in the air fryer. 

BONE-IN, SKIN-ON CHICKEN THIGHS:

This is my favorite cut of chicken thighs to use because the bone and skin helps create the most tender, juicy chicken thigh ever. You will air fry these at 380 for a total of about 25 minutes, flipping half way.

If you want extra crispy skin you can up the temperature to 400 and cook for another 3-5 minutes. 

BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN THIGHS: 

You will once again cook the chicken at 380 degrees in the air fryer. It will only take about 15 minutes, flipping halfway, since there is no bone in this cut of chicken. 

For both you the chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and the juices should run clear. 

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with spoon. 

OTHER CHICKEN RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

HEALTHY CHICKEN FINGERS

SUN-DRIED TOMATO GOAT CHEESE STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS

CHICKEN SOUVLAKI 

MOROCCAN CHICKEN THIGHS

GRILLED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH A GREEK MARINADE 

AIR FRYER CHICKEN WINGS

AIR FRYER CHICKEN BREASTS 

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with logo.

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs on a white plate.

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs are tender, juicy and make a simple recipe. I love the crispy skin that the air fryer gives to chicken thighs and how little clean-up is involved. You can change up the spices that are used in the marinade depending on what you have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 2 - 1 pound packages of Organic Smart Chicken bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced + 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional}
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh parsley + feta for garnish

FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN SALAD

  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeds removed, diced 
  • 1/2 of an english cucumber, diced 
  • 5-6 green onions, white and green parts chopped 
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon of sumac or za'atar {or spice of your choice}
  • Salt & pepper to taste 

Instructions

    1. Trim fat from the chicken as necessary and pat them dry with a paper towel.
    2. In a large ziplock bag or a large container add the chicken.
    3. In a small mixing bowl combine the olive oil, lemon, zest, garlic cloves, oregano, thyme, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and mix well.
    4. Pour the marinade over the chicken and massage the marinade into the meat until the meat is coated with the marinade.
    5. Refrigerate for two hours in a sealed ziplock bag or a sealed container.
    6. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees for 5 minutes.
    7. Spray the air fryer with non-stick spray {I like to use a non-stick extra virgin olive oil spray.
    8. Depending on the size of your air fryer you will have to work in batches. My air fryer can cook 4 thighs at a time. Take the chicken thighs out and lay them skin side down in the air fryer. Put the remaining chicken thighs back in the fridge in the container or ziplock until you are ready to use them.
    9. Close the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes. Open and flip the chicken thighs so the skin is up.
    10. Cook for another 14 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. If you want extra crispy skin you can cook in increments of 2 minutes until you get the crispiness you like.
    11. Lay the Mediterranean Salad on the bottom of a platter. Lay the chicken thighs on top of the salad and garnish with parsley and feta cheese. Enjoy!

Notes

Another great option to top these chicken thighs is a dill sauce. You can use this recipe.

Today’s post is sponsored by Smart Chicken. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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