Easy Air Fryer Lemon Chicken Recipe – a simple five ingredient recipe for crisp and juicy air fried lemon chicken with under five minutes active cooking time!
This easy lemon chicken recipe is super simple and crazy quick – it requires less than 5 minutes active time.
Just toss chicken in a lemon marinade, cover with spices, and toss into an air fryer, and cook!
If you’re making dinner for a guest, or want a delicious hearty dinner you don’t have to fuss over, this recipe for perfect juicy chicken thighs is for you!
Air fried chicken thighs are incredibly delicious – juicy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside – just like fried chicken. But because we’re using an air fryer, this recipe uses a tiny fraction of the oil, no breading, as well as hot air circulating quickly over the chicken, to fry this chicken in a much healthier way.
If you love my easy and delicious best easy baked lemon chicken recipe, you’re going to love this easy air fried lemon chicken recipe.
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How To Cook Chicken Thighs in an Air Fryer
Cooking chicken thighs in an air fryer couldn’t be any easier – simply toss the chicken in the fryer basket, make sure the thighs aren’t touching very closely, and fry.
To make these chicken thighs perfect, we’re using the basic cook-time from my Air Fried Adobo Chicken Thighs.
What Temperature To Cook Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer
I cook chicken thighs at 350 degrees in my Phillips air fryer.
Place chicken in the basket of an air fryer, making sure they don’t touch.
How Long to Cook Chicken Thighs in an Air Fryer
-Cook chicken for 10 minutes on one side.
-Flip to the other side and cook for another 10 minutes.
-Serve and enjoy!
How To Cook Chicken Breasts in an Air Fryer
This recipe is one of my favorites because it can be used with either chicken breasts or chicken thighs.
To make perfectly juicy easy air fried lemon chicken breasts:
Place chicken in air fryer basket, standing against sides of basket if necessary – do not push closely together.
Set to 350°F and cook for 15 minutes.
Turn chicken; cook 5 to 8 minutes longer or until chicken reads at least 165°F when a digital thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the chicken.
Easy Lemon Chicken Marinade
To get the most flavor possible, I like to make a quick marinade for this chicken, especially when using chicken breasts.
Combine the following in a bowl or plastic bag with the chicken:
-2 tbsp lemon juice
-1/4 c olive oil
-italian herb seasoning
Let chicken sit for at least 1 hour in marinade, then pop in fryer basket and cook!
What To Serve With Easy Air Fried Lemon Chicken
This air fryer chicken is keto and low carb compatible – and great alongside pasta, rice, and other carbs, too!
Easy Keto Chicken Recipes
This lemon air fried chicken isn’t just incredibly delicious – it also works in a keto diet, too! Keto air fried lemon chicken is a meal that won’t weight you down, and will keep you fueled up all day – just like many of my favorite keto chicken recipes.
If you’re looking for more easy delicious low carb chicken recipes, please find my favorites below:
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Easy Air Fryer Lemon Chicken Recipe - a simple easy recipe for crisp and juicy air fried lemon chicken with under five minutes active cooking time!
- 6 chicken thighs
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp italian herb seasoning blend
- 1 tsp celtic sea salt
- 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 1 lemon, sliced thin
- Add all ingredients - except sliced lemon - to bowl or bag, toss to coat chicken.
- Let marinate for 30 minutes to overnight.
- Remove chicken and let any excess oil drip off (does not need to be dried, just not dripping with tons of excess oil.)
- Arrange chicken thighs and lemon slices in air fryer basket, taking care to not push chicken thighs too close to each other.
- Set air fryer to 350 degrees and cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove fryer basket and flip chicken thighs to other side.
- Cook again at 350 for another 10 minutes.
- Chicken thighs will be crispy, with clear juices, and reach 165 degrees internal temperature when checked with a digital thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh.
- Serve and enjoy!
Amount Per ServingCalories 325 Total Fat 23g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 16g Cholesterol 166mg Sodium 679mg Carbohydrates 2g Fiber 1g Sugar 0g Protein 31g