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Garlic Honey Ninja Foodi Chicken Thighs

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If you want a super easy, super flavorful easy Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Oven recipe, check out these sweet and flavorful Garlic Honey Ninja Foodi Chicken Thighs! You’re gonna love them!

Crispy, sweet juicy ninja foodi air fryer chicken thighs on a plate garnished with parsley

I recently did a comparison of the cheapest meats to serve to my daycare kids for an article called dirt cheap daycare meals. We are all feeling the pinch of everything being more expensive, so I wanted to cost out protein sources to help other providers and chicken thighs were on the list of the cheapest. So that made me think.

I wanted to come up with more ways to use them and these garlic honey chicken thighs were one of my ideas. They would be perfect for a whole sheet pan meal as well. And for more easy frugal family dinner ideas, check this out. I love simple dinner ideas!

Here’s a dump and forget crock pot chicken thigh recipe too! lemon garlic chicken thighs are delicious, tender and easy! Or you can make Oven chicken and rice casserole with thighs.

Kids love these and for more kid-friendly chicken recipes, click here.

Ninja foodi chicken thighs

And what easier way to cook up some healthy chicken thighs than tossing them in the air fryer? I love my Ninja Foodi. I use it every day. It’s so simple, it doesn’t heat up my kitchen like the oven does and EVERYTHING I cook in it tastes better than when I cook in the oven. EVERYTHING! The thing is amazing and I can’t believe it either.

Thighs are my favorite meat. They are so flavorful and juicy, far better than chicken breast. I like cooking them with the bones and skin because you get a crispy outside and juicy inside and the bone gives the meat a lot of flavor. If you hate thighs, you are welcome to use chicken breast or anything else that makes you happy. I think these would make great wings too

Chicken thighs Ninja foodi

What can you serve with chicken thighs? I love making a side vegetable that is cooked on another rack of the Ninja Foodi oven. Then everything is cooking at once, and you don’t have to clean something else or have some other big ole mess. It’s so convenient.

Check out these air fryer vegetable recipes. Or you could whip up a salad with some homemade ranch dressing, or citrus-balsamic. Or how about a marinated salad like this cucumber salad, cucumber tomato salad, or elote? Marinated salads are my favorite.

For more ideas for chicken in the air fryer, check out this list including air fryer chicken strips without breading, or these air fryer chicken breasts. And the best ever air fryer wings! So good!

chicken thighs being brushed with sticky honey garlic sauce
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Garlic Honey Chicken Thighs

Crispy, sweet, savory, sticky garlic honey chicken thighs cooked in the ninja foodi air fryer oven.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken thighs, chicken thighs, honey garlic
Servings: 4
Author: Christina


  • 4 bone in skin on chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:

  • 4 Tbsp. Butter melted
  • 2 tsp. Minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy sauce


  • Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees.
  • Place the chicken thighs in a bowl, and drizzle in the olive oil.
  • Toss to coat well.
  • Season the chicken with the onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Put the chicken in the air fryer and bake for 40-50 minutes (when internal temperature is 165)
  • Mix together the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl.
  • Coat the chicken in the sauce, and place in the air fryer again for 5 minutes until it has caramelized.
close up of air fryer chicken thighs on a plate

Frozen chicken thighs in air fryer

I know we all forget to thaw our meat for dinner sometimes. Have you ever wondered the best way to add seasoning when you cook frozen chicken thighs in the air fryer? It’s probably even easier than you think! Can you get flavor into the meat when you start with it frozen? Can it get done in the center? Good news: with these frozen chicken thighs in air fryer recipe, you can do it!

Air fryer chicken thighs boneless

If you want to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs, that’s perfectly fine! It will still work. But you won’t have to cook them quite as long. There is less mass there to cook without the bones and skin.

And I would add a little more oil to the outside to make sure they stay moist. The skin naturally bastes them as they cook, so remember that. Check your thighs for the temperature at about 20 minutes if they are boneless and skinless.

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