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BBQ Chicken Thighs on a plate with salad in the background.

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs

These Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs are bursting with flavor and only takes 30 minutes to make. This is an easy and healthy weeknight dinner you have to try!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 lb chicken thighs boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, or regular paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper (optional- makes it spicy)
  • Non stick cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375.
  2. Cut off any excess fat from the chicken. 
  3. Mix together the smoked paprika, garlic powder, pepper, salt, and cayenne. Rub spices on both sides of the chicken.
  4. Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Place the chicken in a single layer in the basket and cook for 7 minutes, then flip the chicken and cook for another 7 minutes.
  5. Brush half of the BBQ sauce on to the chicken, flip and brush the other half onto the chicken. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the chicken is 165F internal temperature. 
  • Author: Megan
  • Prep Time: 14 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 10.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.4g
  • Fiber: .2g
  • Protein: 28.6g

Keywords: Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs, Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs