I always recommend this air fryer chicken thighs and potatoes recipe for a full meal in minutes. It cooks in under 30 minutes and turns out perfectly crisp every time.
I am all about lazy Sunday dinners ideas that taste good and reduce the number of dishes to clean up afterward, which is why chicken thighs and potatoes in the air fryer is one of my favorite foods to serve up.
Roasted potatoes and juicy flavorful chicken all cooked up at once. All that's left is a tasty vegetable, but with recipes like Microwave Yellow Squash and this Easy Canned Corn Recipe, that's no problem.
For a fun variation, mix it up a bit and try Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs with your potatoes!
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- It's convenient. This is one air fryer making a main dish and a side dish at the same time. All that's left to do is prep a salad or steam a bag of veggies to put some more color on the plate.
- It's really fast! This recipe takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish, making it perfect for those busy nights.
- It uses basic pantry staple ingredients. We don't need any fresh herbs or fancy seasoning salts (although you could use them if you want to!) This recipe features basic seasonings like salt, pepper, Italian seasoning blend, and minced garlic.
Potatoes- Use small baby potatoes or any potatoes that can be cut into similar-sized pieces. I like to use a potato medley for variety and color.
Olive Oil- This is needed to help coat the chicken and potatoes. It gets the dry seasonings to stick and helps the items to crisp up as they cook.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
If desired you can make this recipe using boneless chicken thighs instead. To do air fryer boneless chicken thighs and potatoes, you may need to remove the chicken thighs about 2-4 minutes sooner than the potatoes as they will cook more quickly than those with bone.
Different potatoes make all of the difference.
You can use potatoes medley/new potatoes (like I did) or you can use fingerling potatoes, red potatoes, yellow potatoes, or russet potatoes. Using sweet potatoes is also okay and can give you a healthier dinner dish to serve up.
Note that if using russet or sweet potatoes you will need to peel the potatoes before cutting them into chunks as the skin will be very tough once cooked.
🔪 Instructions for Air Fryer Chicken Thighs and Potatoes
Step 1: Add your seasonings to a small bowl.
Step 2: Mix well to combine and then set aside.
Step 3: Wash and dice your potatoes into 1 inch sized cubes. Place into a large mixing bowl.
Step 4: Add in 2 tablespoons of the seasoning blend, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and the minced garlic.
Step 5: Toss together until well coated.
Step 6: Place the potatoes into the air fryer basket. You will leave seasoning and garlic behind in the bowl, this is okay!
Step 7: Add the chicken thighs to the same bowl that the potatoes were in and top with the remaining seasonings and olive oil. Mix well to coat all sides.
Step 8: Place the chicken thighs, skin side up, on top of the potatoes.
Step 9: Air fry at 360 degrees F for 25 minutes.
Step 10: Flip the chicken over so that it is skin side down at the 15 minute mark. During this time, shake the potatoes around a little bit as well.
Step 11: Check the internal temperature of the chicken and add another minute or two (if needed).
Serve warm and enjoy.
🍴 Recipe Tips
Making chicken and potatoes in the air fryer is super easy but you should make sure to check on the meal as it's cooking, at the halfway mark and again as it's close to finishing.
This will help you to see that the potatoes are becoming crispy and golden on the outside while the chicken is cooking properly as well.
You will know that your chicken has finished cooking properly when you can insert an instant read food thermometer into the meat and have it register as 165 degrees F. The meat and juices may still have a slight pink coloration to them but they should not look raw.
You can reheat any leftovers in your air fryer at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes. Potatoes by themselves may be finished in about 3-4 minutes and depending on the size of the chicken thighs they could take up to 8 minutes to fully warm through.
🥗 Side Dishes
Because the main point of this recipe is to keep things simple, it only makes sense that any added side dishes are simple too! I like to serve up steamed veggies and a simple side salad but other great ideas include Baking Powder Biscuits, Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Carrots, or Creamy Orange Fluff Salad.
💭 Recipe FAQs
You can keep your leftovers from this dish stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Reheat again before serving.
Absolutely! You can even cook frozen meats (but it will take longer). Cooking raw meat in the air fryer is a great way to reduce fats and oils while preserving the nutritional benefits and cutting back on the actual cooking time too.
Yes. Cooking meat and potatoes at the same time is fine assuming you use cuts of meat that take about the same length of time as the potatoes and that the potatoes are all the same size. Some recipes may have you start the potatoes first and then add the meat a few minutes later if the meat is faster cooking than the potatoes.
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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs and Potatoes
- 5 Chicken thighs ($5.60)
- 1 pound Red or yellow potatoes ($1.10)
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil ($0.42)
- 1 teaspoon Italian Season ($0.08)
- ½ teaspoon Dried Rosemary ($0.04)
- 1 teaspoon Onion powder ($0.08)
- ½ teaspoon Paprika ($0.04)
- ½ teaspoon Salt ($0.01)
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper ($0.09)
- 2 tablespoons Minced garlic ($0.40)
- Combine the seasonings in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Wash and dice your potatoes into 1 inch sized cubes. Place into a large mixing bowl.
- Add in 2 tablespoons of the seasoning blend, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and the minced garlic.
- Toss together until well coated.
- Place the potatoes into the air fryer basket.
- Add the chicken thighs to the same bowl and top with the remaining seasonings and olive oil. Mix well to coat all sides.
- Place the chicken thighs, skin side up, on top of the potatoes.
- Air fry at 360 degrees F for 25 minutes. Flip the chicken over so that it is skin side down at the 15 minute mark. During this time, shake the potatoes around a little bit as well.
- Serve warm and enjoy.