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White plate with air fried chicken thighs breaded and with chopped parsley on top.
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Parmesan Crusted Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Crispy and delicious this easy parmesan crusted Air Fryer Chicken Thighs recipe is a great way to toss dinner together in no time. A simple breadcrumb and parmesan coating adds crunch and flavor to your favorite chicken! Prepped in less than 10 minutes and cooks up in about 20. Serve with your favorite simple sides and enjoy!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: air fryer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro



  • If necessary, preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Pat the chicken thighs dry and then toss them with the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to evenly coat.
  • Toss the breadcrumbs, parmesan and Italian seasoning in a small bowl. Coat each chicken thigh entirely with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing it into all sides. Place presentation side (skin side) down on an oil sprayed air fryer basket or rack.
  • Cook for about 12 minutes. Flip the chicken thighs and heat another 6-8 minutes or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the largest piece reaches 165°F. Remove from air fryer and allow to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.


  • Try to make sure all of the chicken thighs are approximately the same size. If the chicken thighs' sizes vary greatly, they will cook unevenly. If one is much larger, it will need more time to cook. You can remove the others when ready and continue to cook longer.
  • All air fryers cook a bit differently. I have two air fryers and they definitely do not cook the same. Know your air fryer and keep an eye on your chicken for best results.
  • Storage and reheating: Store these air fryer chicken thighs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For best results, reheat in the air fryer at 400°F for about 3-5 minutes.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Lemons + Zest makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 2mg