Moist marinated chicken in air fryer directions are here! Homemade teriyaki sauce makes these chicken thighs or breasts amazing when they’re done.
This sweet and savory marinated chicken in air fryer recipe is killer! Even approved by our three kids. Use our homemade chicken marinade or bottled and get ready for the best air fryer recipe tonight. (affiliate links present)
Air fryer marinated chicken
- You can use your Ninja Foodi to make this, or any other electric air fryer brand you have.
- If you choose to use your favorite bottled sauce that is okay too!
Ideally, you really should marinate your chicken thighs, legs or drumsticks, breasts or other parts between 30 minutes and 12 hours. The thicker the pieces, the longer it will take to flavor the meat all the way thru.
If you want to choose to make this sauce, it’s quite easy and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. I am sure you have everything in your cupboard already.
Is air fried chicken healthy? Yes! Especially when you cook it this way. If you love air fryer chicken with no breading, this is the way to go. Tons of flavor without the need for extra carbs on the outside.
I choose to use chicken thighs whenever possible. I do this for many reasons: they’re super cheap and really moist. You can use this same method for other pieces, like marinated chicken breast in air fryer too.
Timing will depend on the size of each piece, follow timing in post links below:
As for the size of the chicken pieces, I always recommend medium. Very large thighs and/or breasts make it hard to cook chicken appropriately in order to get the correct internal temperature without burning the outside.
Can you stack chicken in an air fryer? Well you can DO anything you want, but the outcome will NOT be what you ideally want. The whole point of this cooking method is to get the outsides crispy.
- You won’t get crispy chicken skin if you overlap the pieces.
- These hot air machines work by circulating very, well hot air obviously.
- If you don’t leave room for that hot air to touch every piece of the outside, those pieces won’t get crisp.
Tip to getting REALLY crispy chicken skin is to spray the outside with olive oil for a few additional minutes at the very end. Here are the basic steps to follow:
- Whisk teriyaki chicken marinade together in a bowl.
- Add meat and put into fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray and lay chicken pieces inside. Can sprinkle with salt and pepper now too if you want.
- Set cook time to 15 minutes and flip halfway through.
- Check and if you want skins crispier, spray with olive oil and add a few more minutes.
- What temp should chicken thighs be? 165 degrees F is a safe temperature, not touching the bone.
Super quick meal prep and cook time until a perfectly healthy meal.
- You can also use this same idea if all you have is frozen chicken breast in air fryer too.
- If you want simple salt and pepper without marinating first, you can follow our air fryer chicken thighs recipe too.
- Air fryer chicken fried steak is a Southern favorite too that is great with a side of turnip greens.
What should I serve with chicken thighs?
When we make chicken and potatoes or this, our go to is a batch of mashed potatoes or white rice. Paired with mixed vegetables it’s great. This is what is made almost always. A side salad is an easy go to as well.
What can I make with cooked chicken thighs if I have leftovers?
- An easy next day meal is to stuff it into a baked potato with some salsa or cheese. BAM….dinner is done!
- Shred it and a batch of chicken salad for lunch.
- Put it on a bun and make a chicken sandwich with a bit more sauce on top.
- Shredded on top of a bed of rice works great.
- Diced up it is great inside some fried rice.
- I use it most often inside our Instant Pot chicken and rice recipe I grew up on.
Can I eat cooked chicken after 5 days? That is the max time you should really keep leftover chicken in your fridge. Up to 3 days is really ideal but you could stretch it to 5, then discard what’s left.
Below is a printable recipe card with nutritional information included. This accounts for the sauce listed and 5 chicken thighs. If you choose to use more the amounts will vary.
Marinated Chicken in Air Fryer
- In a large bowl, whisk together water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, and garlic powder.
- Place chicken in the marinade. We used thighs but other pieces could be used, timing may change depending on thickness of meat. Marinate for 30 minutes or even over night.
- Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees. Place chicken in a greased air fryer basket. Air fry for 16 minutes at 350 degrees, flipping halfway through.
- Continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.