Air Fryer Honey Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Why Make Air Fryer Honey Chicken Thighs?

We all know that chicken thighs are more flavorful than breasts, but they can still benefit from a sweet and savory glaze — that’s when thighs really show their best.

Chicken thighs are often featured on Asian menus, and it’s common to enjoy them glazed with a honey-based sauce. The chicken’s fatty richness contrasts nicely with the sweetness of honey and the umami and salty flavors in soy sauce. What you might not know is that you can make honey chicken thighs in an air-fryer for a mess-free take on the classic.

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What Goes into Making Honey Chicken Thighs?

To make honey-glazed chicken thighs, you’ll need chicken, and we always suggest you get hormone-free, free-range birds. You’ll need honey, and the regular kind will work fine. For the rest of the glaze, have soy sauce in hand; if low in sodium, even better.

Finally, a pinch of garlic powder will give the chicken the loveliest savory flavor and aroma. When working with soy sauce, you don’t need additional salt. We’ll marinate the chicken for at least an hour, drain it and air fry it until sticky and crispy. How does that sound?

What Goes with Honey Chicken?

The best side dishes for honey chicken share traditions and ingredients. For example, combine your chicken with teriyaki tofu and fried rice. Steamed veggies, dumplings and other Asian goodies will give context to the glossy chicken, resulting in a much more exciting dining experience.

Of course, honey chicken is also compatible with international sides, such as mashed potatoes and even fries. After all, chicken is chicken, and we all know chicken goes with anything.

Here’s a tip. Save some honey soy sauce mixture, and drizzle it on the chicken straight out of the air fryer; that’s a glossy chicken right there.

How to Make It

  • Prep Time1 hr 10 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time1 hr 30 min
  • Serving Size4
  • Energy446 cal




In a bowl, combine the honey, soy sauce and garlic powder. Separate a few tablespoons of the mixture to brush the chicken in the end.


Marinate the chicken in the mixture and let it rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour.


Preheat the air fryer to 380°F according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.


Drain the chicken thighs and place them into the air fryer basket.


Air fry for 20-22 minutes. Brush the chicken with the reserved sauce halfway through.


Alternatively, serve with white rice, steamed vegetables or roasted potatoes.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size4
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories446
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat14.2 g78 g18.21%
  • Saturated Fat3.4 g20 g17%
  • Cholesterol130 mg300 mg43.33%
  • Sodium1029 mg2300 mg44.74%
  • Total Carbohydrate36.4 g275 g13.24%
  • Dietary Fiber0.2 g28 g0.71%
  • Total Sugars35.2 g
  • Protein43.4 g50 g86.8%
  • Calcium28 mg1300 mg2.15%
  • Iron2 mg18 mg11.11%
  • Potassium415 mg4700 mg8.83%

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