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

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.
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
Author Brandi Crawford




  • 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.



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.


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