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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs

air fryer bbq chicken thighs with bbq sauce on a board.
These Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs come out crispy and juicy in 20 minutes without the need to fire up the grill. They're perfectly seasoned and slathered with plenty of barbecue sauce for a delicious chicken meal.
4.52 from 47 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 435 kcal



  • 6 chicken thighs bone-in, with skin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder/cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce


  • Trim excess fat and pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towels. Next, score the chicken thighs on the skin side till the bone. This means putting a few cuts on the chicken flesh so the seasoning can go deeper.
  • In a small bowl, mix the onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and red chili powder. In a large bowl, mix the chicken thighs with spices until they are coated all over.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F. Place the chicken thighs skin-side down and cook for 10 minutes. Brush the chicken with plenty of barbecue sauce. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken thighs skin-side up and brush with barbecue sauce. Air fry chicken thighs for another 3 to 5 minutes until the skin is crispy and lightly charred. Or until the internal temperature is 170F.
  • Brush with more barbecue sauce if you prefer and serve warm.


Calories: 435kcalTotal Carbs: 16gProtein: 28gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 790mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 213IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mgNet Carbs: 15g
Keyword air fryer, bbq chicken, easy
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