Easy Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken Thighs is the perfect weeknight dinner idea. These chicken thighs are deliciously juicy and crunchy! Have dinner ready in under 20 minutes.

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Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken Thighs

If you’re looking for flavorful chicken thighs that require very little prep, then this Shake n Bake chicken thigh recipe is for you.

Now let me preface this by saying, I totally forgot the “shake” in this Shake n Bake recipe. I’m so used to putting bread crumbs in shallow bowls like I did for this Air Fryer Chicken Katsu Sandwich recipe, that I accidentally did that for these thighs as well!

These Shake N Bake Chicken Thighs are designed to be put in a bag with the seasoning and “shaked.” I didn’t do that step, but they still came out delicious. You can also use my “bowl method” if you try to stay away from plastic as much as possible.

Either way you make these Shake and Bake chicken thighs, they’ll be delicious! The chicken skins came out so crispy! I loved it!

If you haven’t already make sure to check out my Shake N Bake Chicken Breast recipe as well. Trust me you won’t regret it! Also, be on the look out for Shake N Bake Chicken Tenders coming real soon!

If you don’t have Shake N Bake and want breaded chicken thighs, check out this Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Thighs recipe.

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❤️ Why you’ll love this easy air fryer recipe

  • Budget Friendly – to save money, buy a family pack of chicken thighs and store the extras in the freezer. Just put the chicken into the fridge the night before you need to use them.
  • Quick and Easy Dinner – Have dinner ready and on the table in less than 20 minutes
  • Meal Prep – These air fryer chicken thighs are my favorite meal prep meat.
  • Delicious – These chicken thighs come out perfect every single time!

Ingredients

  • Bone-in Skin on Chicken Thighs: I used bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe, but you can use any cut of chicken that you prefer.
  • Egg: large eggs and I try to get local or free-range when available
  • Milk: I like to use Fairlife milk, but your favorite unflavored milk will work also
  • Shake n Bake: They have different types, but you can use any. I used the original one.
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✳️ Tips & Tricks

  • Always use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is 165F. Once the timer goes off, take the chicken out of the air fryer so you don’t dry out the chicken.
  • Shake N Bake comes with a bag so you can toss the chicken into the eggs then place it in the bag and add the shake n bake.

Tools to make this Shake N Bake Chicken Thighs in the 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
  • Meat thermometer – You always want to make sure the internal temperature of ANY chicken 165F.

How to make Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken Thighs

  1. In one bowl crack your egg and add your milk. Whisk them together.
  2. In another bowl add in your Shake n Bake seasoning.
  3. Place the chicken in the egg wash making sure you get both sides. Next, transfer the chicken into the Shake n Bake seasoning. Flipping the chicken over and make sure its completely covered in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Transfer the chicken over to the air fryer basket.
  5. For extra crispy chicken skin – spray the chicken with avocado oil spray.
  6. Cook the chicken for 18 minutes at 390F. Flipping the chicken halfway through.
  7. Once time goes off. Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is 165F.
  8. Remove from the air fryer basket and serve. 

Oven Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. In one bowl crack in your egg and add your milk. Whisk them together.
  3. In another bowl add in your Shake n Bake.
  4. Place the chicken in the egg wash making sure you get both sides. Right away transfer the chicken into the shake n bake. Flipping the chicken over and make sure its completely covered.
  5. Place the chicken into a baking dish and transfer to the oven.
  6. Cook for 45 minutes flipping the chicken over halfway through. Make sure the internal temperature is 165F.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve.

Substitutions

You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken leg quarters if you don’t like or have bone-in chicken thighs. If you can’t find Shake n Bake seasoning packets, some stores will have their own brand or bread crumb mixture that you can buy.

What to serve with Shake N Bake Chicken Thighs

These chicken thighs pair perfectly with a nice side salad. Or serve them with sautéed asparagus and a sweet potato if you’re looking for something more filling.

How to store

  • Store leftovers in an airtight glass container for up to 5 days.
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♨️ How to reheat

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

If you want to warm this up in your air fryer, cook it for 2-3 minutes at 400F.

❓FAQs

CAN I USE SHAKE AND BAKE IN THE AIR FRYER?

Yes, you can put shake n bake in the air fryer.

How do you make shake and bake extra crispy?

By spraying avocado oil on the chicken will help make it more crispy.

More Air Fryer Chicken Thigh Recipes

If you loved these Shake n Bake chicken thighs in the air fryer, check out these other air fryer chicken thigh recipes.

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Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken Thighs is the perfect weeknight dinner idea. These chicken thighs are deliciously juicy and crunchy! Have dinner ready in under 20 minutes. 
4.59 from 17 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 324 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb chicken thighs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 shake n bake

Instructions
 

  • In one bowl crack in your egg and add your milk. Whisk them together.
  • In another bowl add your Shake n Bake seasoning.
  • Place the chicken in the egg wash making sure you get both sides. Next, transfer the chicken into the Shake n Bake seasoning. Flip the chicken over and make sure it’s completely covered in the breadcrumbs.
  • Transfer the chicken over to the air fryer basket.
  • Cook the chicken for 18 minutes at 390F. Flipping the chicken halfway though.
  • Once time goes off. Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is 165F.
  • Remove from the air fryer basket and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 22gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 305mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 183IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
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