Crispy Panko Breaded Chicken Thighs (Air Fried)

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Crispy Panko Breaded Chicken Thighs (Air Fried)

This air fryer boneless chicken thighs recipe offers the perfect balance of a crispy coating and tender, juicy chicken - all with less oil, making it a healthier choice than deep frying.

Enjoy the great way of cooking chicken with this air fryer chicken thighs recipe. In just under 30 minutes, whip up a fantastic and easy dinner that the whole family will love.

These flavorful chicken thighs pair well with almost any side dish. I like serving them with Crispy Lemon Garlic Potato Wedges, Healthy Baked Potato Wedges or Garbanzo Salad with Iceberg, Salami and Provolone. Top them off with my homemade sour cream parsley sauce for an extra burst of taste.

As a main dish, these crispy air fryer chicken thighs truly stand out, making every mealtime a special occasion. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (Panko)
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt
  • avocado oil spray
  • ■■■■ SAUCE: ■■■■■
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup parsley (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (freshly squeezed)
Yield:
servings
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
20 minutes
Total time:
30 minutes
Yield: 3 servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes

Notes

Any leftover Air Fryer Panko Chicken Thighs can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, place them back in the air fryer and cook for about 3-5 minutes.

Instructions

1. Prepare three plates for breading station. One with all-purpose flour, the second with a mixture of egg and water, and the third with Panko breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, turmeric, and black pepper.
Breading station with flour plate, egg mixture plate and panko breadcrumbs with seasonings plate.
2. Pat dry boneless skinless chicken thighs with paper towels and season with salt.
Raw chicken thighs seasoned with salt in a bowl.
3. Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour, shaking off excess.
Boneless skinless chicken thigh coated in flour.
Dip the floured chicken into the egg mixture, making sure it's evenly covered.
Boneless skinless chicken thigh dipped in egg mixture.
Coat the chicken thoroughly in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the Panko breadcrumbs onto the chicken.
Boneless skinless chicken thigh coated in Panko breadcrumbs and seasonings mixture.
4. Spray the air fryer basket with avocado oil. Place the coated chicken thighs in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they are not touching. Lightly spray chicken with some avocado oil.
Panko coated chicken thighs in an air fryer basket.
5. Set air fryer to 350°F (180°C). I use Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven for this recipe. Air fry for 10 minutes, then flip the chicken thighs and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until they reach a crispy golden brown texture and internal temperature of the chicken measured by an instant-read thermometer reaches 165°F (74°C). Depending on the thickness of your chicken pieces, you may need a few extra or a few less minutes of cooking time.
6. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sour cream parsley sauce. To a blender cup, add sour cream, avocado oil mayo, parsley, and lime juice. Season with salt and black pepper. Blend the ingredients using an immersion blender until the sauce is smooth.
Sour cream parsley sauce in a blender cup.
7. Top the crispy chicken thighs with the prepared sour cream parsley sauce, garnish with chopped parsley and serve. For the best results and ultimate crispy perfection, it’s best to enjoy these juicy thighs right after they're cooked.
Crusty Air fryer Panko chicken thighs topped with sour cream parsley sauce.

Recipe Video

Shop products and ingredients I recommend for this recipe:

Organic Flour

Organic Flour
Organic Chicken Thighs

Organic Chicken Thighs
Panko Bread Crumbs

Panko Bread Crumbs
Eggs

Eggs
Onion Powder

Onion Powder
Garlic Powder

Garlic Powder
Paprika

Paprika
Turmeric

Turmeric
Avocado Oil Spray

Avocado Oil Spray
Avocado Mayo

Avocado Mayo
Sour Cream

Sour Cream
Fresh Parsley

Fresh Parsley
Lime

Lime

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Delicious!

Guest
This recipe was really easy to follow, and the sauce was absolutely amazing, thank you!
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alenatrs
You are very welcome! Nice to hear you liked these chicken thighs and the parsley sour cream sauce! - Alena
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So delicious!

Guest
These came out so golden and delicious - I love the crispy breadcrumb coating, the tender and juicy chicken and best of all, that they are cooked in the air fryer! Thanks for the great recipe, Alex xo
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alenatrs
You are welcome, Alex! Good to hear they turned out great! - Alena
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Delicious

Guest
These panko air fryer chicken thighs are so good! Hubby was delighted as well! Thanks!
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alenatrs
So glad to hear both you and your husband enjoyed these air fryer chicken thighs! Thanks for taking time to leave the comment! - Alena
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