Tender, juicy, and covered in a tangy sauce, Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Thighs might be the only chicken recipe you need!

When it comes to easy party food or even a quick weeknight meal only the best chicken thigh recipe will do. With a handful of ingredients and just 5 minutes of prep, you can have these air fryer boneless chicken thighs cooking away in no time. Using the air fryer, clean-up is always a breeze, which is every home chef’s dream! 

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Best Chicken Thighs Recipe

  • The air fryer creates a delicious teriyaki glaze on the outside for extra juicy and flavorful thighs.
  • Air fryer boneless chicken thighs are made in minutes with minimal cleanup.
  • Teriyaki chicken thighs are best served hot, but can be transported to a party or picnic and served at room temperature as well. They taste great as cold leftovers, too!

ingredients assembled to make teriyaki chicken thighs, including chicken thighs, teriyaki, and garlic

Ingredients and Variations

CHICKEN THIGHS: Boneless chicken thighs are easy to work with and even easier to eat! Make sure the pieces are clean and uniform in size so they cook evenly. Even frozen chicken thighs can be fried in the air fryer, simply add extra minutes to the cooking time.

SAUCE: Minced garlic is added to ready-made teriyaki sauce for an extra punch of flavor. Try adding some sriracha, Tabasco, or hot mustard for even more kick. A bit of honey, maple syrup, or a dash of brown sugar would make the sauce extra sweet and sticky! Find your favorite blend or try a new one every time.

How To Make Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

This easy teriyaki chicken recipe is always a hit with guests, and with just two steps it’s even more of a hit with the chef! 

  1. Toss everything in a bowl until the chicken is evenly coated.
  2. Cook the chicken (per the recipe below).

Garnish with optional sesame seeds and sliced green onions before serving!

chicken thighs with garlic, teriyaki and sesame seeds in a clear bowl, and sauced thighs in an air fryer basket, to make Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Serving Suggestions

Teriyaki chicken thighs make a tasty entree along with some oven baked potato wedges, mashed potatoes or some pasta primavera, with a crisp cucumber radish salad on the side.

Or make them into a hand-held party snack. Cut thighs into bite sized pieces and serve with toothpicks on the side so everyone can help themselves. Keep the party going and serve teriyaki thighs with some mini pizzas, cheese sticks, or corn dogs. Why not add some classic deviled eggs and tortilla chips with a citrusy pineapple fruit salsa to the mix.

Recipe Tips

Try these tips to make the best air fryer chicken thighs every time!

  • Avoid overcrowding the air fryer. The chicken thighs need proper air circulation to get a crispy, caramelized coating on the outside.
  • Always test the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Chicken should be cooked to 165°F for safe consumption.
  • If cooking for a crowd, keep cooked chicken thighs warm in the oven covered on a baking sheet. Simply place thighs under the broiler for a minute to reheat.
  • For a quick and easy clean-up
    • Place a slice of bread in the bottom of the air fryer to soak up any drippings that may fall from the basket or tray.
    • Use a zippered bag to shake and coat the thighs.

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Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

This is the best chicken thighs recipe made in the air fryer with an easy sweet and savory teriyaki glaze.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 thighs
Author Holly


  • 4 chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • ½ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • additional sesame seeds and green onions for garnish


  • Preheat air fryer to 380°F.
  • Toss all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until chicken is evenly coated.
  • Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 17-20 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Be sure to flip chicken halfway through cooking time.
  • Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds and green onions before serving (optional).


  • Nutrition is calculated without optional garnish.
  • Use a zippered bag to mix and coat chicken if desired.
  • Do not crowd chicken pieces in the air fryer.
  • If using bone-in chicken, increase cooking time and cook until chicken reaches and internal temperature of 165˚F for safe consumption. Use a meat thermometer for accurate results.
  • Add sauce later in the cooking process so that it does not burn.
  • A slice of bread placed at the bottom of the air fryer will help soak up drippings and help with clean up.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1thigh | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1480mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American

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