Tragedy struck yesterday. I honestly couldn’t be more excited that it’s finally Tuesday. Because tragedy struck yesterday. I was trying to make some molten lava cakes and I was failing pretty hard. So I decided to go a different route that wouldn’t lead me into failure. Problem was, I spilled the molten lava cakes everywhere and had slippery chocolate fingers, which led me to drop the basket of my air fryer and dent it. Now it doesn’t fit in my air fryer correctly. That meant I couldn’t make my Creamy Garlic Air Fryer Potatoes. It was all quite upsetting. New recipe failure then a dinner failure. It was a Monday I don’t care to relive.

And it really doesn’t make sense that it was such a bad Monday because it was an awesome weekend. It was the most social I’ve been in at least 7 years. You see, I don’t love being excessively social come weekends. I don’t like going out to sh*tty bars or ordering crappy drinks while making small talk with friends I haven’t seen in a while. But my husband is really good at that. And problem is, he has about a million friends to keep up with. So I pulled on my big girl pants over the weekend and I pretended to be a social butterfly as much as possible. Big crowds give me anxiety and small talk gives me even more anxiety. I’m much more of a one-on-one kind of person.

Which was perfect for our double date with two of our friends on Saturday! We are so lucky to have some bomb ass neighbors who have now become our friends, too. The guy golfs with my husband and the girl likes to workout and eat delicious food as much as I do. And she’s an amazing photographer who is just kicking off her photography business. We just shot some photos together for this post last week and she braved 9 degree weather for me to get the shot. She’s the best. So on Saturday night, we all grabbed sushi together then we went to Comedy Works where we saw Eric Griffin. And he was AWESOME!! I laughed so hard that I couldn’t breathe and thought I would pass out at one point. Being a comedian must be so damn hard and for me to laugh the ENTIRE time says something. I have a cold soul, as you may know from reading this blog regularly.

But anywho, it’s now Tuesday and I’m ready to have the best week yet, filled with non-broken appliances and some time to myself, not making small talk in large groups of people. And I’m going to kick that week off by making these chicken thighs. I go in spurts of making chicken thighs every day then forgetting about them for a while. But I’m back on that train because skin-on chicken thighs in the air fryer are LIFE CHANGING!! It’s the crispiest skin of all time with the most moist chicken you’ll ever eat. And stop being grossed out by the word moist. It works here, ok?

PS have you seen the new season of True Detective? I’m two episodes in and already obsessed!

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone removed*
  • salt, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • black pepper, for garnish


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. While air fryer preheats, pat chicken thighs dry. Sprinkle with salt and garlic powder on all sides.
  3. Once preheated, add chicken thighs to wire basket leaving room between each chicken thigh to help cook evenly throughout.
  4. Turn temperature up to 400 degrees F and time up to 18 minutes. Once time is up and chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, let rest for a couple minutes, then top with black pepper before slicing!


*I cut out the bone myself, but you can also ask your butcher to do this for you!

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  1. Krystal says:

    Have you seen the Ninja Foodi? I got one for Christmas and it is AMAZING! Air fryer and instant pot in one appliance! I absolutely love it!

  2. Alicia says:

    I dropped my air fryer basket and bent it a little bit and then had the same problem you did. My husband bent the basket back into shape and now it fits back into the air fryer just fine. I am going to try these chicken thighs. Thanks for the good ideas and for the inspiration !

  3. Brooke says:

    Love your humor and blog Julie!!! I too am more of a one on one person and being home with my dogs. I was wondering if you’ve watched ‘You’ on Netflix yet and or the Ted Bundy Tapes. I know you like crime type shows. ‘You’ was way better than I thought it would be. I got hooked and couldn’t stop watching it! Just started the Ted Bundy Tapes and it’s creepy…

    1. juli says:

      i haven’t watched You. i’ve heard mixed things about it. and i’ve watched 3 episodes of the ted bundy tapes, but i’m just not super in to it. it’s so creepy and he’s just so hungry for attention and thinks he’s so amazing. i like those kind of shows, but i’m not in to hearing his side of the story, you know?

      1. Brooke says:

        Totally! The Bundy guy definitely seems like a wanton for attention. I haven’t watched past the first couple yet either…on the fence if I want to continue. I really think you should give ‘You’ a try though. I thought the main “creepy “ guy did a fantastic job and I enjoyed the dark humor throughout.

  4. Steve says:

    I definitely want to try this. (I usually do the thighs as “fried chicken” about 25 min at F395 in my air fryer, and I dunk them in an egg wash and then tapioca starch mixed with fried chicken spices.)

    This recipe, however, is similar to one I do on the stove with no breading, spices, a little ghee but it smokes up the whole house. I’m thinking it will be perfect for the air fryer, but I’d recommend brushing on some avocado or olive oil before adding magic mushroom powder as the spice before cooking, to make it really crispy and flavorful.

  5. Brittany Graff says:

    I keep my air fryer in the pantry and while carrying it across the kitchen with wet hands I dropped it and it cracked all the way from top to bottom. It was a sad day, but I was able to buy a bigger one on Black Friday!
    Question, I’ve read not to cook anything fatty like sausage or bacon for risk of fire from excess grease splatter. I have been wanting to make Cracklin’ Chicken in it because that stuff is so dang messy, but so delicious. Do you feel like it was extra smokey or would be at risk of fire?

    1. juli says:

      it definitely got a tad smoky towards the end, but i’ve experienced the same in the oven, as well. i would definitely go with your gut but i did not have an issue with these chicken thighs

  6. suzanne says:

    Did you get a new air fryer?

    1. juli says:

      i ended up getting the phillips air fryer!

  7. Linda says:

    You said preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F
    Then when ready to cook chicken turn it up to 400 degrees F

    I’m confused

    1. juli says:

      my old air fryer i used to make this recipe turns off once it’s preheated and you have to turn the temperature back on

  8. Lisa says:

    Hi there,

    I just got an air fryer. I was wondering why you take the bone out of the thighs? Any reason other than cook time?

    Thank you for your time,

    I love you, your recipes, sense of humor and of course Jackson???

    1. juli says:

      it cuts down cooking time and i just don’t personally like to have to cut around the bone when i’m eating!

  9. Kat says:

    Hi there,

    I am a newbie to all of this….love your post’s and recipes…do you have a favorite air fryer and anything I should know about them?

    Thanks, Kat

    1. juli says:

      i use a Philips XL air fryer and love it!

  10. Ericka says:

    just put these in my brand new air fryer!!!! thanks Juli!!!