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Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Thighs: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic Dish

by Mylyn May Ramos 17 May 2023

If you're a fan of tender, juicy chicken with a sweet and savory glaze, then this Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Thighs recipe is for you. By using the air fryer, you can achieve perfectly cooked chicken with a caramelized teriyaki glaze that's sure to impress your taste buds. Get ready to elevate your chicken dinner game with this easy and delicious recipe.

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  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Optional garnish: sliced green onions and sesame seeds


Step 1: Preparing the Teriyaki Glaze

  1. In a small saucepan, combine soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, brown sugar, minced garlic, and grated ginger.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch and water to create a slurry.
  4. Add the cornstarch slurry to the saucepan and continue simmering for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat and set aside to cool.

Step 2: Marinating the Chicken Thighs

  1. Place the chicken thighs in a zip-top bag or a shallow dish.
  2. Pour half of the teriyaki glaze over the chicken thighs, making sure they are well coated.
  3. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to marinate. Reserve the remaining teriyaki glaze for later use.

Step 3: Air Frying the Chicken Thighs

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade, allowing any excess marinade to drip off.
  3. Place the chicken thighs in the air fryer basket, skin side down.
  4. Cook the chicken thighs for 12-15 minutes, then flip them over.
  5. Brush the reserved teriyaki glaze on the cooked side of the chicken thighs.
  6. Continue cooking for an additional 12-15 minutes until the chicken thighs are cooked through and the skin is crispy.

Step 4: Serving the Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

  1. Remove the chicken thighs from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes.
  2. Serve the chicken thighs hot, garnished with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.
  3. Pair them with steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables for a complete meal.

Conclusion: With the help of the air fryer, you can create succulent and flavorful Teriyaki Chicken Thighs that will satisfy your cravings. The combination of the caramelized teriyaki glaze and the crispy skin makes this dish a standout. Whether you're cooking for a weeknight dinner or entertaining guests, this Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Thighs recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Give it a try and enjoy the deliciousness

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