air fryer pesto chicken thighs

air fryer pesto chicken thighs

Pesto chicken thighs cooked in the air are a really tasty and simple dinner. Just a few ingredients are needed to bake them to perfection in the air fryer!

This recipe is a great option if you’ve been searching for something to do with chicken thighs because it has multiple uses. It’s also one of my favorite dinners to have after a demanding day of playing with the kids or working late.

It is one of those perfect midweek meals, and the Air Fryer will crisp your chicken thighs to perfection.

Serve with either a garden salad or a plate of roasted vegetables for a complete and delicious meal! This chicken meal goes with practically everything you can serve with it.

Some Advice on Crunchy Chicken Thighs

  • To begin, pat dry the chicken thighs using a paper towel or kitchen towel.
  • To ensure that the chicken thighs cook to perfection, leave plenty of room surrounding them. In order for the chicken thighs to be cooked to perfection, hot air must actually circulate around them.
  • I have prepared this recipe in multiple air fryers, such as the Ninja Foodi, Instant Pot Vortex, and even the Instant Pot Crisp Lid. Each air fryer has a tiny variation. Both Bakst and Oven models of the Air Fryer can use the same recipe.
  • The chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a meat thermometer to make sure.


  1. One pound of chicken thighs with bones
  2. One cup of pesto sauce
  3. Two tsp olive oil
  4. One tsp of kosher salt
  5. One tsp black pepper


  • Add salt and pepper to the chicken to start.
  • Spoon the pesto into a small (chicken-sized) bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and add the chicken thighs.
  • After putting the chicken thighs in the air fryer basket, adjust the temperature to 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. After that, flip them over and continue air cooking for an additional 7 to 8 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Arrange, present, and savor!

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