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bbq chicken on a plate

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Air Fryer BBQ Chicken is tender, juicy, and coated in slightly caramelized barbecue sauce. Coat the chicken thighs or breasts with a spice rub to add extra flavor. 



  • 1.5 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/81/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, optional
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce


  1. Rub Chicken – In a small bowl, mix up the spices. Rub the chicken pieces with the spice rub on both sides.
  2. Add to Air Fryer – Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray, add the chicken, and spray the tops of the chicken with a quick spritz of the spray.
  3. Air Fry – Air fry at 375 degrees F for 16-18 minutes for thighs or 14-16 minutes for breasts, until the internal temp is at least 165 degrees F.
  4. Brush with BBQ Sauce – Brush the tops of the chicken generously with the barbecue sauce. Air fry again at 400 degrees F for 1-2 minutes until the sauce is a little bubbly and caramelized. 
  5. Serve – Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving with sides of your choice.
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Air Fryer BBQ Chicken, Air Fryer Barbecue Chicken, BBQ Boneless Chicken

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