Air Fryer Chicken Thighs & Potatoes

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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs and Potatoes. How to cook your favourite air fryer chicken thighs and potatoes together for a quick air fryer weekday meal. Easy prep air fryer healthy dinner that is on the dining table in JUST 25 minutes.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs & Potatoes
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs & Potatoes

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs & Potatoes

Welcome to my air fryer chicken thighs and potatoes recipe. Originally published in the summer of 2017 and updated with more chicken thighs tips and extra photos.

Air fryer chicken thighs and potatoes gets me every time. It’s the deliciousness of perfectly crispy chicken thighs with perfectly crispy skin on potatoes. The chicken juices drip onto the potatoes and make it taste even better.

I then need to remind myself that these chicken thighs and potatoes became a thing during my first round of the Whole30 back in the summer of 2015.

Gluten free and perfect for a round of the Whole30 or make it paleo by swapping white potatoes for sweet potatoes.

It is wrong that something healthy tastes like something that should never be healthy.

This also brings me back to one of my favourite restaurants and the first restaurant we ever went to after moving to Portugal.

We went here for the first time for Dominic’s 32nd birthday. He is in his 40’s now so we have been a few times over the years as it is an hour’s drive away.

I have mentioned the place before because the food is based upon simple dishes with amazing garlic flavours.

The most popular is the steak on the stone. Where you pay about 16€ and you can a decent sized piece of fillet steak, you then cook it to your liking on your stone and it is served with garlic cubed potatoes.

There is a salad, but nobody seems to eat it as everyone is too busy enjoying the chicken and potatoes.

The garlic potatoes are so good that you will often ask for more as you can’t help but be greedy! In fact, they were the inspiration behind our air fryer garlic potatoes with bacon.

Or if you don’t fancy steak on the stone, then I often have Mediterranean style chicken kebabs that come with delicious king prawns wrapped in bacon.

This is what I would have had with Kyle when he was 7 and we would then have binged on the delicious potatoes­.

The downside of the restaurant is that you often wait a long time for your food to arrive. This means it is really no good for us now as you try asking a 5 year old and a 3 year old to wait for their food.

It is just not going to happen! Hence why we have only been once since Sofia was born.

But in this air fryer chicken thighs recipe I wanted to show you that you don’t have to wait hours for your chicken and potatoes and that you can cook it really quick yourself thanks to the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Bone In Skin On

In our slow cooker pulled chicken thighs recipe I mentioned that getting boneless and skinless chicken thighs was hard work.

In fact, it was so difficult that we had to cross the border into Spain to get them.

Well that is why I cook air fryer chicken thighs with bone in and skin on so much. It is popular here in Portugal and incredibly cheap.

I will buy chicken thighs in packs from the local supermarket and freeze them until I need them. Then thaw them the night before.

How To Air Fry Chicken Thighs?

air fryer chicken thighs and potatoes step by step

To cook air fryer chicken thighs with potatoes is this SIMPLE:

  1. Slice skin on white potatoes into chunks or slices. Load into a bowl and toss in extra virgin olive oil and seasonings.
  2. Load your potatoes into your air fryer basket.
  3. Load your marinade over your chicken thighs and place over the potatoes.
  4. Air fry for 15 minutes, shake the potatoes and turn the chicken thighs.
  5. Cook for a further 10 minutes and then eat.

How Long Does It Take To Cook Chicken Thighs In An Air Fryer?

The air fryer chicken thighs cook time is JUST 25 minutes. Though note this is not just for delicious crispy chicken thighs but also the potatoes too.

I often serve it for lunch with a side salad and the chicken thighs are so hands free I can be making the salad while the chicken and potatoes cook.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Skin Up Or Down?

Both! Start off your air fryer chicken thighs with skin down. Then after the chicken is halfway cooked, turn the chicken over so that the skin is up.

Air Fryer Honey Garlic Mustard Chicken Thighs

The air fryer chicken thighs marinade that we use is a honey, garlic, and mustard one. Here in the Milners we live on the Mediterranean and everything is about the combination of sticky honey with garlic and mustard.

It tastes so good and best of all, loading honey, garlic, and mustard onto the skin of chicken thighs keeps your chicken moist and stops it from becoming dry.

Even better, this chicken thighs recipe is easy to vary with your own favourite marinade on your chicken.

You could make air fryer chicken thighs with:

  • BBQ sauce
  • Maple and garlic
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Peri Peri

Or any other favourite dry or wet rub that you like on your chicken.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs No Breading

You’ll notice that our air fryer chicken thighs has no breading. This is because quite often I just want to load chicken into the air fryer for lunch.

I don’t want to spend ages breading the chicken and I want something that is healthy for a weekday meal.

If you would rather eat breaded chicken, I recommend our air fryer frozen chicken thighs recipe instead.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs & Potatoes
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs & Potatoes
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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs & Potatoes

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs and Potatoes. How to cook your favourite air fryer chicken thighs and potatoes together for a quick air fryer weekday meal. Easy prep air fryer healthy dinner that is on the dining table in JUST 25 minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 723kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Ingredients:


  • Slice your potatoes into either chunks or small slices. Load into a bowl and toss in extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and oregano.
  • Place the potatoes into your air fryer basket.
  • In a little bowl mix together garlic, mustard and honey.
  • Brush the skin of your chicken thighs with the marinade and season with salt and pepper too. Add a sprinkle of oregano.
  • Load the chicken thighs over the potatoes with skin side up and cook for 180c/360f for 15 minutes.
  • Shake the basket so that the potatoes don’t become stuck to the basket. Turn the chicken thighs over so that skin side is now down.
  • Cook for a further 10 minutes at 160c/320f.


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Mix and match the marinade for your taste. I also love peri peri chicken thighs or lemon pepper.
Do check the chicken thighs at the thickest point to double check it is fully cooked.


Calories: 723kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 1547mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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5 thoughts on “Air Fryer Chicken Thighs & Potatoes”

  1. 5 stars
    YES! I have been looking for new air fryer recipes, thank you!! I cant wait to try this (and all the other recipes you post!)

  2. 5 stars
    Just wanted to say i love this recipe. The chicken thighs are just so moist in the middle and crispy on the outside. You’ve made my meal plan even better thank you.

  3. 4 stars
    One comment – in your description of the recipe you say to start with the skin side down and then turn them over for the final minutes. I had skipped straight to the recipe, which says start with the skin side up, and they burned.
    Next time I’ll try it the other way – aside from the burnt skin, it was very tasty.


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