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Easy Air Fryer Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken Thighs is a quick, healthy recipe that includes the cook time, temperature, and instructions for how long to cook fried chicken thighs using a Cook Essentials, Power Air Fryer, or any brand. You can use bone-in, boneless, fresh, or frozen chicken thighs.

air fryer keto low carb cilantro lime chicken thighs on a white plate with lime and fresh cilantro

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Is anyone else obsessed with their air fryer? The air fryer delivers the perfect level of crisp and crunch to all of my favorite foods. I had to try chicken thighs in the air fryer because thighs are naturally juicy. They are also loaded with so much flavor!

Best of all, air fried chicken is perfect for a keto, low-carb lifestyle. So yes, chicken breasts will work just fine for this recipe.

What Kind of Thighs to Use

You can use bone-in or boneless thighs. I used bone-in in this recipe. Those usually have a longer cook time. Boneless thighs are usually ready around 18-20 minutes.

You can use skin-on or skinless thighs. It will not impact the cook time.

How to Make Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer

  1. I like to marinate the chicken first (at least an hour up to overnight), but it’s totally optional.
  2. Place the chicken in a sealable plastic bag. Drizzle the chicken with fresh lime, soy sauce, season with chicken seasoning, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle cilantro throughout. Marinate.
  3. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket.
  4. Air fry.
raw chicken seasoned with cilantro and lime in a glass bowl

How Long to Cook the Chicken/Cook Time

I typically cook chicken thighs in the air fryer for 20-22 minutes. I always use a meat thermometer. The chicken should cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

If you use a thermometer you will be able to gauge the timing no matter what air fryer brand you have.

air fryer keto low carb cilantro lime chicken thighs in an air fryer

Air Fryer Temperature

I recommend 400 degrees.

air fryer keto low carb cilantro lime chicken thighs on a white plate with lime and fresh cilantro

Can You Use Frozen Chicken Thighs?

Yes, you can use frozen chicken thighs. You may have to allow more time. You will still cook the chicken at 400 degrees until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

air fryer keto low carb cilantro lime chicken thighs on a white plate with lime and fresh cilantro
air fryer keto low carb cilantro lime chicken thighs on a white plate with lime and fresh cilantro
keto low carb air fryer cilantro lime chicken thighs in a white plate with cauliflower mash and green beans

You can pair these Air Fryer Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs with my Keto Low-Carb Cauliflower Mash or Low-Carb Creamed Spinach.

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air fryer keto low carb cilantro lime chicken thighs on a white plate with lime and fresh cilantro
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Air Fryer Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken Thighs is a quick, healthy recipe that includes the cook time, temperature, and instructions for how long to cook fried chicken thighs using a Cook Essentials, Power Air Fryer, or any brand. You can use bone-in, boneless, fresh, or frozen chicken thighs.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken thighs, air fryer marinated chicken, keto air fryer chicken thighs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
marinate 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 209kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • You can choose to marinate the meat ahead of time or season the meat right before cooking. Personally, I prefer to marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours (to overnight) beforehand.
  • Drizzle the olive oil, fresh lime juice, and soy sauce (or liquid aminos) over both sides of the chicken thighs.
  • Season the chicken with the chicken seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste. I like to add the chicken to a sealable plastic bag first and toss the chicken in the seasonings to evenly coat.
  • Toss the cilantro into the bag. Marinate for 2 hours to overnight.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket. You shouldn’t need to spray the basket with oil as the chicken is coated in olive oil, but do so, if you wish.
  • Cook the chicken for 10 minutes on 400 degrees. Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Cook for an additional 10-12 minutes.
  • Total cook time will vary, as each air fryer brand cooks differently. Use a meat thermometer to assess when the chicken has finished cooking. The chicken is ready when it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. In addition, I like to cook it until the skin becomes tender.
  • Open the air fryer and remove the chicken. Cool before serving.
  • TIP: For added lime flavor retain the other half of the lime to squeeze fresh lime juice throughout the chicken.

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Notes

You can use frozen chicken thighs. You may have to allow more time. You will still cook the chicken at 400 degrees until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1thigh | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 15g
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Recipe Rating




Michael

Saturday 13th of February 2021

Made these for a quick dinner and they came out perfect! Super easy. Will try them with lime zest on the next go around.

staysnatched

Sunday 14th of February 2021

Yum that sounds so good!

Diana

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Easy to make and full of flavor. Chicken came out crispy. Just perfect.

staysnatched

Monday 25th of January 2021

Wonderful! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Beejal

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

SO GOOD! Its a bi-weekly staple now in our house! Husband hates cilantro and seems to love this! Thank you!

staysnatched

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Wonderful! I'm glad you enjoy it.

Sheila

Friday 13th of November 2020

Would this recipe work with chicken breasts? Thanks!

staysnatched

Saturday 14th of November 2020

I have a recipe with the cook time for breasts. If you search the word breasts on my site, use that cook time and temperature.

Nielle

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

Great flavor, super easy! Came out so crispy and perfect! So good that my sister after trying them bought a huge pack of chicken thighs and demanded that I help her prep them to freeze in the marinade using my food saver so she can pull them out when she’s she wants for an easy lunch.

staysnatched

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed it!