Adobo Air Fried Chicken Thighs

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Keto Adobo Air Fried Chicken Thighs Recipe – delicious air fried chicken thighs with a crispy, crunchy adobo seasoning crust that is naturally low carb and bursting with flavor! 

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Keto Adobo air Fried Chicken Thighs

I’ve been trying to stick to a keto diet when not traveling – and it isn’t always easy. A lot of low carb recipes involve complicated techniques, weird ingredients, and patience – but this recipe is simple, quick, and so delicious! 

This chicken is unbelievably juicy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor – and is absolutely to die for! 

Soft, full of flavor, with a bit of a crispy crunch (without adding ANY breading – just some adobo seasoning) – these are my absolute new favorite chicken thighs recipe ever – and it just happens to be naturally low carb and keto. 

If you’re not watching your carbs, these chicken thighs are still amazing – and great with all sorts of side dishes like pasta and rice. 

If you’re looking for a great low carb or keto dinner, make this chicken with cauliflower rice, broccolini, or chop it up and use it in chicken stuffed avocados or chicken salad

picture of air fried chicken thigh with crunchy seasoning on a plate

How To Coo Adobo Chicken Thighs in an Air Fryer

If you want to know how to cook chicken thighs in an air fryer, you’re in luck – because it is CRAZY easy. 

Air fryers circulate hot air around food like it would if dropped into hot oil – without all the extra fat! 

Air fryers are fabulous for chicken, meatballs, chicken wings – and chicken thighs. 

You really don’t need to do anything special to cook a chicken thigh in an air fryer – simply season, add to the air fryer basket 
(I try to make sure they arent touching or overly crowded, so they crisp up better), and cook. 

You don’t want to make any kind of drippy breading or coating to air fry chicken, since it will sit on a basket and anything too liquid will drip down and fall off the chicken. Dry breadings, and dredgings that stick to chicken without sliding off will be fine in an air fryer. 

four air fried chicken thighs on a white plate picture

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 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! 

What is Adobo Seasoning

I use Goya Adobo Seasoning on my chicken thighs. 

Goya Adobo Seasoning is based on a Puerto Rican version of adobo – which is a dry blend called seco and the traditional wet Mexican marinade that includes vinegar.

Goya adobo is a mixture of saltgarlicoregano, and black pepper and is a traditional Puerto Rican seasoning. 

Hot Tip: Goya Adobo Seasoning can be very salty – so please use the low sodium/light blend when making this dish if you’re watching sodium or prefer less salty dishes.

I prefer this chicken with regular Adobo, and my husband prefers the less salty version. 

You can buy Goya Adobo Seasoning blend here. 

picture of a golden brown crunchy chicken thigh on a white plate

What to enjoy with Adobo Air Fried Chicken THighs

Steamed Jasmine Rice: The perfect base to soak up the adobo sauce, providing a mild, fragrant contrast to the savory chicken.

Garlic Fried Rice (Sinangag): Adds a garlicky crunch that complements the tangy flavors of the adobo.

Atchara (Pickled Papaya): A Filipino pickle that adds a sweet and tangy crunch, offering a refreshing counterpoint to the rich chicken.

Green Bean Stir-fry: A simple side of stir-fried green beans with a hint of soy sauce and garlic pairs well, adding a crunchy, healthy element.

Cucumber Salad: Sliced cucumbers in a vinegar dressing can cleanse the palate and add a crisp texture.

Sautéed Spinach with Garlic: A quick and nutritious side that balances the meal with its earthy flavors.

Mango Salsa: The sweetness of mango salsa can brighten the deep, savory notes of the adobo chicken.

Grilled Eggplant: Grilled or roasted eggplant offers a smoky, tender vegetable option that absorbs the adobo flavors beautifully.

Sweet Potato Mash: A creamy and slightly sweet side that contrasts nicely with the savory, tangy chicken.

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If you’re looking for more easy delicious low carb chicken recipes, please find my favorites below: Easy Keto Low Carb Cheesy Pizza Chicken, The Best Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe, Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Mushrooms, Easy Cajun Whole Roasted Chicken, Baked Ranch Chicken Thighs, Creamy One Pot Chicken Stroganoff, and Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken Copycat.

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Keto Adobo Air Fried Chicken Thighs

Keto Adobo Air Fried Chicken Thighs Recipe – delicious air fried chicken thighs with a crispy, crunchy adobo seasoning crust that is naturally low carb and bursting with flavor! 
Course Chicken Thighs
Cuisine keto
Keyword adobo chicken thighs, air fryer chicken thighs, easy chicken thighs, keto chicken thighs, poultry
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 317kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell



  • Add olive oil to bag or plate and coat chicken in it.
  • Toss chicken thighs in adobo seasoning to coat.
  • Place chicken thighs in air fryer basket, making sure they don’t touch or crowd each other.
  • Set air fryer to 350 degrees and set the timer to 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, flip chicken to other side and cook another 10 minutes.
  • Chicken will be golden brown and 165 degrees internal temperature at the end of cooking.


* Use Light or Low Sodium Adobo seasoning if you like chicken less salty, original can be pretty salty for some in this recipe.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 357mg

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. David says:

    One word….Outstanding!
    Will definitely put in rotation.

  2. Michele says:

    I don’t have an air fryer can you just fry in a pan with oil

    1. Kathy amstutz says:

      try baking in the oven

  3. Wendy Ham says:

    I am trying these tonight but I have no adobo seasoning. I am going to combine some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano, also some lemon seasoning and see what happens!

  4. Niki says:

    Made these tonight and they were a huge hit in my house!! For the first batch I followed the recipe exactly the second batch I didn’t flip and just cooked them for 20 minutes and they turned out the same but I have a cooks air fryer not Phillips. But thank you for sharing this recipe it is now on the weekly rotation!!