Crispy Air Fryer Panko Chicken Thighs: A New Twist on a Classic

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Dive into the crunchy, savory world of Crispy Air Fryer Panko Chicken Thighs. This recipe brings a modern touch to the traditional fried chicken by using an air fryer for a healthier option that doesn’t compromise on the golden, crispy exterior or the juicy, flavorful interior that we all love.

The Story

The journey from skillet-fried chicken to air-fried chicken represents the evolution of our quest for healthier eating practices without giving up on taste. The air fryer has revolutionized home cooking, offering a way to achieve that desirable crunch and deep-fried texture with just a fraction of the oil.

Why You Should Make It

If you’re looking for a deliciously crispy chicken that’s easier on the waistline, air fryer panko chicken thighs are the answer. This recipe combines the juiciness of bone-in chicken thighs with the crispness of panko breadcrumbs, all seasoned to perfection. It’s a straightforward, mess-free method that produces consistently excellent results.

How to Serve

These chicken thighs are incredibly versatile. Serve them hot from the air fryer with a side of mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or a fresh green salad for a balanced meal. They’re also great with dipping sauces, such as honey mustard, ranch, or barbecue sauce.

How to Store

Leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-4 minutes to keep the skin crispy.


  • Ensure your chicken thighs are dry by patting them with paper towels before starting. This helps the egg wash and panko to adhere better.
  • Spray the chicken lightly with cooking spray before air frying to achieve an extra golden and crispy exterior.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Cook in batches if necessary to allow air circulation for even cooking.

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