Air Fryer Peri Peri Chicken

This Air Fryer Peri Peri Chicken is delicious and easy to make. Have dinner ready in less than 20 minutes! This spicy chicken will be a new staple in your dinner rotation.

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Air Fryer Peri Peri Chicken

You’ll love this easy Peri-Peri Chicken recipe, prepared with a twist of modern convenience in the trusty air fryer! Succulent chicken pieces, coated in a fiery blend of zesty citrus, aromatic herbs, and the unmistakable kick of peri-peri spice.

This restaurant-quality dish is ideal for busy weeknight dinners, casual gatherings, or when you simply crave a fiery flavor explosion that’s as convenient as it is delicious.

You would never know, but this peri peri chicken actually uses a store bought bottle of peri peri sauce. It tastes so good though!

I bought Trader Joe’s Peri Peri sauce, and here are some of my favorite meals I’ve made from Trader Joe’s: Pesto Chicken Breast, Mini Tacos, Chicken Burrito, and Chicken Shawarma.

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❤️ Why you’ll love this easy air fryer recipe

  • Budget Friendly – You know my go-to place to buy meat is Aldi’s. Buying the family pack has been a life changer. Whatever extra chicken you have, you can bag it and store it in the freezer.
  • Easy Recipe – With only two ingredients, this recipe is super EASY to make.
  • Spicy & Delicious – The Peri Peri sauce has a nice kick, and comes out juicy and delicious.

Ingredients

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken thighs – They can be found in the refrigerator section at any local grocery store.
  • Peri Peri Sauce – I bought my sauce at Trader Joe’s, but my local Meijer’s also had it in stock.
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✳️ Tips & Tricks

  • Remove the chicken as soon as the timer goes off helps prevent the chicken from drying out.
  • The chicken needs to be 165F before serving.

Tools to make this Peri Peri Chicken in Air Fryer

  • Cosori Air Fryer – this is my favorite air fryer. The large air fryer basket makes it so easy to cook your favorite recipes.
  • Tongs – tongs are easiest to remove and flip the chicken tenders
  • Meat thermometer – You always want to ensure the internal temperature of ANY chicken is 165F.

How to Make Air Fryer Peri Peri Chicken

  1. Brush the sauce onto the chicken thighs.
  2. Transfer the chicken to the air fryer basket and cook at 390F for 14 minutes. Flipping the chicken halfway through. 
  3. Make sure the internal temperature is 165F before serving. 
  4. Serve with your favorite vegetables.

Oven Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Brush the sauce onto the chicken thighs.
  3. Transfer the chicken thighs to a baking pan and place inside the oven.
  4. Cook the chicken thighs for 20 minutes.
  5. Once the timer goes off remove the chicken from the oven and serve.

Substitutions

If you don’t have boneless skinless chicken thighs, you can use bone-in chicken thighs instead. You will just have to add a few more minutes to the cooking time.

If you want to make a homemade peri peri sauce for these chicken thighs, try this peri peri sauce recipe.

white plate with chicken and green beans on it. fork next to chicken. striped towel next to plates.

What to serve with Peri Peri Chicken

I didn’t have any fresh vegetables at hand, so I made this a very lazy dinner and warmed up some frozen green beans. You can use mix vegetables, rice or place the chicken on top of a delicious salad.

How to store

Store leftovers in an airtight glass container for up to 5 days.

♨️ How to reheat

Remove the lid from the container and microwave on high for 1 to 1.5 minutes or until the chicken is warm. Alternatively, you can transfer to a microwave save plate to warm up.

To warm this up in your air fryer, cook it for 2-3 minutes at 400F.

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❓FAQs

Is Peri Peri sauce African or Portuguese?

Peri Peri sauce is a tradional African Sauce.

Is peri peri chicken healthy?

Peri peri chicken is a good source of protein, and is typically low in carbohydrates.

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More Air Fryer Chicken Thigh Recipes

If you’re looking for some more easy air fryer chicken thigh recipes, below are some of my favorites.

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Air Fryer Peri Peri Chicken

Air Fryer Peri Peri Chicken is super easy and delicious to make. This spicy chicken will be a new staple in your dinner rotation.
5 from 41 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 217 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3 boneless skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 3 tablespoons peri peri sauce

Instructions
 

  • Brush the sauce onto the chicken thighs
  • Transfer the chicken to the air fryer basket and cook at 390F for 14 minutes. Flipping the chicken halfway through.
  • Make sure the internal temperature is 165F before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcalProtein: 33gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 286mgPotassium: 415mgVitamin A: 41IUCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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