Air Frying, Chicken

Crispy Air Fryer Asian BBQ Chicken Thighs

AB here, and today I’ve got a mouthwatering recipe that’ll have you licking your fingers clean: Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs. If you’re on the hunt for a dish that’s juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and bursting with flavor, then you’re in for a treat. With just a handful of simple ingredients and the magic of your air fryer, you’ll be whipping up restaurant-quality chicken thighs right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Get ready to elevate your dinner game with this irresistible recipe!

Why settle for boring chicken when you can have juicy, flavorful chicken thighs that are crispy to perfection? This recipe combines a tantalizing blend of spices and sauces to create a marinade that infuses every bite with savory goodness. Plus, cooking in the air fryer means you’ll achieve that coveted crispy exterior without all the grease and mess of traditional frying. Whether you’re cooking for a weeknight dinner or entertaining guests, these Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are sure to impress.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tbsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp five spice powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Red food coloring (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide:

  • Use a fork to poke holes in the chicken thighs. This allows the marinade to penetrate deeper and ensures even cooking.
  • In a bowl, combine onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, five spice powder, brown sugar, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, cooking wine, and honey. Mix well until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Optionally, add a few drops of red food coloring for a vibrant color.
  • Place the chicken thighs in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag. Pour the sauce over the chicken, making sure it is evenly coated. Allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or ideally, overnight for maximum flavor.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 370°F (185°C) for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil to prevent sticking. Place the marinated chicken thighs in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space between them for air circulation.
  • Air fry the chicken thighs at 370°F (185°C) for 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time to ensure they cook evenly on both sides.
  • After 15 minutes, carefully remove the chicken thighs from the air fryer. Brush both sides of the chicken with the remaining marinade or glaze.
  • Return the chicken thighs to the air fryer basket and continue to air fry for an additional 2 minutes at 370°F (185°C) to allow the glaze to caramelize and create a delicious crust.
  • To ensure the chicken is cooked through, use a food thermometer to check that the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  • Once the chicken thighs are cooked through and golden brown, remove them from the air fryer. Allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve your crispy air fryer chicken thighs hot, garnished with sesame seeds and chopped green onions if desired. Enjoy your flavorful and juicy chicken dish!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For extra crispy skin, pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels before marinating.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Cook the chicken thighs in batches if necessary to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Experiment with different marinade variations to suit your taste preferences.

Variations:

  1. Spicy Kick: Add a dash of cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the marinade for a fiery twist.
  2. Citrus Zing: Include freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice for a refreshing citrus flavor.
  3. Herb Infusion: Mix in chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or parsley for an aromatic touch.
  4. Asian-Inspired: Swap the five spice powder for ginger and soy sauce for a soy-ginger marinade.
  5. Sweet and Tangy: Increase the amount of honey and add a splash of apple cider vinegar for a sweet and tangy glaze.
  6. Garlic Lover’s Delight: Double up on the garlic powder for an extra punch of garlicky goodness.
  7. Mediterranean Twist: Use Mediterranean spices like oregano, paprika, and cumin for a flavorful Mediterranean-inspired dish.
  8. Honey Mustard Glaze: Replace the soy sauce with Dijon mustard and honey for a sweet and tangy glaze.
  9. BBQ Bliss: Substitute the soy sauce with your favorite BBQ sauce for a finger-licking BBQ flavor.
  10. Teriyaki Twist: Swap the oyster sauce for teriyaki sauce and add grated ginger and minced garlic for a classic teriyaki flavor.

What to Serve It With:

  1. Steamed white rice
  2. Roasted vegetables
  3. Mashed potatoes
  4. Garlic butter noodles
  5. Coleslaw
  6. Quinoa salad
  7. Grilled corn on the cob
  8. Sweet potato fries
  9. Green salad with vinaigrette
  10. Garlic bread

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 20 minutesRest time: 2 minutesTotal time: 52 minutesServings:2 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Summer

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Use a fork to poke holes in the chicken thighs. This allows the marinade to penetrate deeper and ensures even cooking.
  2. In a bowl, combine onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, five spice powder, brown sugar, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, cooking wine, and honey. Mix well until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Optionally, add a few drops of red food coloring for a vibrant color.
  3. Place the chicken thighs in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag. Pour the sauce over the chicken, making sure it is evenly coated. Allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or ideally, overnight for maximum flavor.
  4. Preheat your air fryer to 370°F (185°C) for about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil to prevent sticking. Place the marinated chicken thighs in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space between them for air circulation. Air fry the chicken thighs at 370°F (185°C) for 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time to ensure they cook evenly on both sides.
  6. After 15 minutes, carefully remove the chicken thighs from the air fryer. Brush both sides of the chicken with the remaining marinade or glaze. Return the chicken thighs to the air fryer basket and continue to air fry for an additional 2 minutes at 370°F (185°C) to allow the glaze to caramelize and create a delicious crust.
  7. To ensure the chicken is cooked through, use a food thermometer to check that the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  8. Once the chicken thighs are cooked through and golden brown, remove them from the air fryer. Allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving. Serve your crispy air fryer chicken thighs hot, garnished with sesame seeds and chopped green onions if desired. Enjoy your flavorful and juicy chicken dish!
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