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Low-Carb Herb-Marinated Air Fryer (or Oven) Chicken Thighs

These Low-Carb Herb-Marinated Air Fryer (or Oven) Chicken Thighs are a delicious idea for a dinner that’s also really inexpensive, especially if you watch for the chicken thighs to go on sale! Check out Chicken Recipes for more tasty ideas for chicken dinners!

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I’m so excited to share this new recipe for Low-Carb Herb-Marinated Air Fryer Chicken Thighs, because even though I now have two air fryers, I’ve had a hard time coming up with new air fryer recipes that worked well enough to share on the blog. There’s definitely a learning curve to the air fryer, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it because these herb-marinated air fryer chicken thighs were so delicious and I did love the way the air fryer crisped up the skin on the chicken! I used the marinade from the Garlic, Lemon, and Herb Grilled Chicken Breasts that I literally made every time I had dinner guests this summer, and that recipe uses ingredients that most people probably have on hand, making it even more of a winner.

But I’m not trying to convince you to buy an air fryer if you don’t already have one, so I’ll give you instructions to make this tasty chicken dinner in the oven if you prefer. Chicken thighs are something that go on sale regularly at my store, so put this idea into your dinner rotation and see what you think!

Which Air Fryer Did I Use?

When Air Fryers first started to get some buzz I bought a NuWave Air Fryer which I’ve used over and over to make Air Fryer Spicy Sweet Potato Fries. Then recently I spotted the Cuisinart Convection Air Fryer Toaster Oven. It was an investment, but I needed a new toaster oven and I loved the larger basket this machine had for the air fryer, plus the convenience of having an air fryer that could stay out on the counter. The Cuisinart is the air-fryer I used for this recipe to cook 8 chicken thighs at once, but if you have a smaller model you might only be able to fit 6 thighs. (Air fryer links are affiliate links.)

Low-Carb Herb Marinated Air Fryer (or Oven) Chicken Thighs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Marinating the Chicken Thighs:

Trim some of the skin and most of the fat from the chicken thighs. (I used kitchen shears to trim the chicken.) Mix together marinade ingredients, put chicken in a Ziploc bag or container with a snap-tight lid, add the marinade and marinate chicken in the fridge at least 6 hours, or all day while you’re at work.

Preparing Chicken Thighs to Cook:

When it’s time to cook, drain the chicken well in a colander placed in the sink and discard marinade. Arrange chicken top-side down in the air fryer basket or on a baking rack and let the chicken come to room temperature while you preheat the air fryer to 360F/185C (if needed) or preheat the oven to 400F/200C.

To Cook Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer:

Cook chicken in the pre-heated air fryer for 8 minutes. Then turn the chicken thighs over and cook about 6 minutes more. After six minutes, check the chicken to see if some pieces are getting too browned and rearrange the chicken thighs in the air-fryer basket if needed. (I don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but I switched some of the outside more-browned pieces to the inside.) Cook about 6 minutes more, or until the chicken is well-browned with crispy skin and the internal temperature is at least 165F/75C. (Use an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer for this if you have one.)

To Cook Chicken Thighs in the Oven:

If you have a baking rack that lets hot air flow around the chicken, use that on your baking sheet. Cook chicken top-side down in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, Then turn chicken pieces over and cook about 25 minutes longer, or until the chicken is well-browned, skin is crisp, and the internal temperature is at least 165F/75C.

Low-Carb Herb Marinated Air Fryer (or Oven) Chicken Thighs found on KalynsKitchen.com

The Low-Carb Herb-Marinated Air Fryer Chicken Thighs were so delicious!

Make it a Meal: This would be delicious with Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower or Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms for a low-carb dinner!

More Low-Carb Recipes for the Air Fryer:

Perfect Air Fryer Salmon ~ Noble Pig
Buffalo Chicken Air Fryer Chicken Legs ~ Wonky Wonderful
Air Fryer Bacon ~ Low-Carb with Jennifer
Air Fryer Fennel Chicken ~ Two Sleevers

Low-Carb Herb-Marinated Air Fryer (or Oven) Chicken Thighs

Low-Carb Herb-Marinated Air Fryer (or Oven) Chicken Thighs are an inexpensive, quick, and tasty idea for a low-carb dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 6-10 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 T lemon juice (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning, or use any all-purpose herb blend.
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried sage
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

  1. Trim some of the skin and most of the fat from the chicken thighs. (I used kitchen shears to trim the chicken.)
  2. Mix together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, Spike Seasoning (or another seasoning blend), dried basil, dried oregano, onion powder, dried sage,  and black pepper to make the marinade.
  3. Put chicken thighs in a Ziploc bag or plastic container with a snap-tight lid, add the marinade and let the chicken marinate in the fridge at least 6 hours, or all day while you’re at work.
  4. When it’s time to cook, drain the chicken well in a colander placed in the sink and discard marinade.
  5. Arrange chicken top-side down in the air fryer basket or on a baking rack and let the chicken come to room temperature while you preheat the air fryer to 360F/185C (if needed) or preheat the oven to 400F/200C.
  6. TO COOK IN AIR FRYER: Cook chicken top-side down in the pre-heated air fryer for 8 minutes. Then turn the chicken thighs over and cook about 6 minutes more. After six minutes, check the chicken to see if some pieces are getting too browned and rearrange the chicken thighs in the air-fryer basket if needed. (I switched some of the outside more-browned pieces to the inside and I think some pieces would have burned if I hadn’t done that.) Cook about 6 minutes more, or until the chicken is well-browned with crispy skin and the internal temperature is at least 165F/75C.
  7. TO COOK IN THE OVEN: If you have a baking rack that lets hot air flow around the chicken, use that on top of your baking sheet. Cook chicken top-side down in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Then turn chicken pieces over and cook about 25 minutes longer, or until the chicken is well-browned, skin is crisp, and the internal temperature is at least 165F/75C.
  8. No matter which cooking method you use, I recommend using an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken if you have one.
  9. Serve hot. If you want to use the air fryer and need to cook two batches for a larger family, keep the first batch warm in a 200F/100C oven while the second batch cooks.

Notes:

I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice.

This recipe is a variation of the very popular Garlic, Lemon, and Herb Grilled Chicken Breasts that I make every summer, and the air fryer version was tested a few times with Jake and Kara.

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Low-Carb Herb Marinated Air Fryer (or Oven) Chicken Thighs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Carb Herb-Marinated Air Fryer (or Oven) Chicken Thighs would be a good option for low-glycemic or low-carb diets, including Keto or Paleo. The South Beach Diet doesn’t recommend chicken thighs, especially with the skin, but personally I would eat this for South Beach without worrying about it. You could remove the skin when you eat it for South Beach if you prefer

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8 comments on “Low-Carb Herb-Marinated Air Fryer (or Oven) Chicken Thighs”

  1. Hi Kalyn, is there an advantage of the Air Fryer over a convection oven ?

  2. In my downsized life, I don’t have room for an air fryer, but this chicken does look delicious. I’m going to try the oven version.

    • Definitely the oven version will still be good. As you can tell from my post, I don’t consider the air-fryer to be a “must have” But it does make things nice and crisp!

  3. I have this marinating in the fridge now for tomorrow. I will post tomorrow night and let you know how it turned out. I will be doing the airfryer version.

  4. We had this for dinner tonight. It was delicious. I used legs and thighs. Think I am going to make this using chicken breast next week. Thank you for another fantastic recipe! My fiancee enjoyed it too!! So easy to make!! This is definitely going on our meal rotation.

    • Thanks for that nice feedback! I feel like I have had such a hard time learning to make the most of the air fryer, but I feel like I am finally getting the hang of it! Would love to hear what changes (if any) you make to use breasts and how that works!

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