Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Thighs

sesame chicken thighs with green onions

5 from 1 reviews

Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Thighs are tender, juicy, and flavorful. Mix up an easy sesame marinade with pantry ingredients and cook them in your air fryer in just 15 minutes. 


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 4 thighs
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • Sliced Green Onions and Sesame Seeds, for serving


  1. Mix Marinade - In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, mix up the marinade ingredients (soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and sriracha). 
  2. Marinate Chicken Thighs - Add the chicken thighs to a bowl or bag and pour in about half of the marinade (about 1/4 cup) - toss so the chicken is coated. Reserve the other half of the marinade. Marinate the chicken in the fridge, covered, for up to overnight (I recommend at least 1 hour) and store excess marinade in the fridge.
  3. Add to Air Fryer - Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and add the chicken thighs. Discard any excess marinade in the bowl from the chicken
  4. Air Fry - Air fry at 400 degrees F for 14-16 minutes, until the internal temp is 170-175 degrees F. If your air fryer is prone to smoking, my tip is to add a little water to the bottom of the basket (underneath the air fryer rack) to help dilute the dripping marinade.
  5. Reduce Reserved Marinade - While the chicken thighs cook, reduce the reserved marinade in a small pot over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until it reduces slightly and thickens. This only takes a few minutes.
  6. Serve - Serve the chicken thighs with your sides of choice, drizzle with the sesame sauce, and sprinkle with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes until warmed.


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