Super quick and simple to make, you can have these delicious honey garlic chicken thighs air fryer in under 20 minutes!
You will serve these succulent honey garlic chicken thighs air fryer in a silky sauce that combines sweet honey with savory soy, creating a dish that’s as delectable as it is easy to make—wonderful served with rice and maybe even a side of spring rolls.
Air fryer honey garlic chicken thighs are much more tender than chicken baked in the oven because air frying means passing superheated air over the food. Superheated air cooks quickly and evenly and seals in the meat's natural moisture.
If you can, make this easy honey garlic chicken with raw honey, as it has a more complex flavor profile than pasteurized honey which takes this dish to the next level.
Ingredients for honey garlic chicken thighs
**Find the full list of ingredients along with the recipe instructions at the end of this post**
Chicken thighs (skinless and boneless): I like to use them to make this air fryer honey garlic chicken because they are more tender than other chicken parts and easier to cook to perfection! They’re also usually cheaper.
Cornstarch: Coating the chicken thighs in cornstarch before air frying gives them an even crispier finish, which I love! If you don’t have cornstarch, you can also use regular flour. However, this will add extra gluten (cornstarch doesn’t contain gluten).
For the sauce
Unsalted butter: I use unsalted butter because I can control my dish's sodium levels (and taste) more. You could also use dairy-free butter if you are avoiding dairy.
Minced garlic: To mince garlic, crush it with the flat edge of your knife and then place it against the tip. Hold the tip while you use a rocking motion to chop the garlic as small as possible. Alternatively, you can buy prepared frozen garlic.
Raw honey: Raw honey isn’t pasteurized, so it retains more nutrients and antioxidants than regular honey. It also has a more complex and delicious flavor. Speak with a trusted local provider if you want raw honey - alternatively, you can use honey from the grocery store.
Low-sodium chicken broth or stock: Again, I’ve chosen a low-sodium option to control the salt levels in this dish! You can also make chicken stock by slowly boiling a chicken carcass with vegetables like celery, onions, and carrots.
Low sodium soy sauce: Soy sauce is delicious but contains a lot of salt! Soy sauce also contains gluten, so if you’re avoiding gluten, opt for gluten-free tamari.
Rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar: Either one works well to add a tangy base to your sauce.
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How to air fry chicken thighs for honey garlic sauce
First, place the chicken thighs in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper; add the corn flour and toss until well coated.
Finally, place the chicken in the basket in a single layer sprayed with oil and air fry at 380ºF for 7 minutes on each side or until an internal temperature reaches 165ºF in the thickest part.
How to make honey garlic sauce
In a saucepan, add the butter and garlic on medium heat and cook until fragrant, around 30 seconds. Add the honey, soy sauce, chicken broth, and vinegar to the pan and stir to combine. Bring the sauce to a simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
What to serve with honey garlic chicken thighs
What vegetables are good with honey garlic chicken?
How to store honey garlic chicken?
Fridge: Seal in an airtight container and move to the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking. You can keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Freezer: Seal in a freezer bag or airtight container (you may want to store individual chicken thighs separately as this makes it easier when you defrost them). You can safely store cooked chicken in the freezer indefinitely (as long as it is at 0°F), but it’s best if consumed within 4 months.
How to thaw frozen chicken thighs: To thaw frozen honey garlic chicken thighs move them to the fridge and defrost them overnight. If you’re in a hurry, you can defrost them in the air fryer by cooking them at 320°F for around 10 minutes - this will mean they are cold but not frozen and ready for cooking.
How to reheat honey garlic chicken thighs?
Reheat in the air fryer: Heat the air fryer to 370°F and then heat the air fryer honey chicken thighs for 6-8 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
You can reheat frozen chicken in the air fryer without defrosting; you just need to allow an additional 8-10 minutes.
Reheat in the oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F, then put the chicken on a wire rack over a baking tray. Heat for around 15 minutes. If your chicken is frozen, you must defrost it before heating it in the oven.
How to reheat on the stovetop: Add a little water to a skillet (just enough to cover the bottom) and heat over a medium temperature. Once the water is simmering, add the chicken and gently stir as it heats up. If your chicken is frozen, defrost it before heating it.
Always use a meat thermometer to check that chicken has reached a safe internal temperature of 165°F before serving.
Yes, this recipe works well with bone-in thighs, but it will alter the cooking time slightly. If you have bone-in thighs, use the timings from this easy air fryer chicken thighs (bone-in skin on) recipe.
Absolutely, marinating honey garlic glazed air fryer chicken thighs make them even more succulent! Simply mix the ingredients to make the marinade and toss the chicken in it, then leave to marinate for up to 8 hours. But don’t leave it any longer, as it can start to tough the chicken.
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- 1 ½ pounds chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder/flour
- Oil sprayer bottle with grapeseed or olive oil
For the sauce
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup raw honey
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth or stock
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- Place the chicken thighs in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper; add the corn flour and toss until well coated.
- Place the chicken in the basket in a single layer sprayed with oil and air fry at 380ºF for 7 minutes on each side or until an internal temperature reaches 165ºF in the thickest part.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan, add the butter and garlic on medium heat and cook until fragrant, around 30 seconds. Add the honey, soy sauce, chicken broth, and vinegar to the pan and stir to combine. Bring the sauce to a simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
- Add the cooked chicken to the sauce and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 411mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 48g
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used. When the recipe list salt to taste the amount of salt is not calculated, only the sodium in the other ingredients is calculated.