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Frozen Chicken Thighs in Air Fryer

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Course: Main Course
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 275kcal


  • 6 chicken thighs frozen, bone in and skin on
  • cup (94g) BBQ sauce


  • Preheat an air fryer to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C.
  • Use olive oil to lightly coat the air fryer basket.
  • Place the frozen chicken thighs into the air fryer basket and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F / 74 degrees C. Check for doneness and adjust the cooking time, depending on the size of the chicken thighs.
  • Brush chicken with BBQ sauce and air fry for 2 additional minutes.
  • Allow the chicken thighs to rest for several minutes before serving.


  • Always check labels when eating a low sugar or gluten free diet. You will only be using a small amount of BBQ sauce but it can have some hidden ingredients. 
  • If your frozen chicken thighs are clumped together you will need to run them under cold water for a few minutes. This will help the frozen chicken thighs to separate. You do not need to defrost the frozen chicken thighs, simply separate them.
  • Air fryer cooking times should be used as a guide. Adjust cooking times as needed depending on the size of your frozen chicken thighs. Smaller chicken thighs may cook a bit faster but larger frozen chicken thighs may need to air fry for 30 minutes or more. 
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with olive oil before adding the chicken thighs.
  • The air fryer works well because hot air can circulate all around the chicken so it is important to leave space between the chicken thighs. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket and always air fry frozen chicken thighs in batches if they don’t fit well. 
  • Always check for doneness with a meat thermometer. The temperature should be 165 degrees F / 74 degrees C when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken.
  • Cook frozen chicken thighs to the appropriate temperature then brush the chicken thighs with your favorite BBQ sauce and air fryer for a few minutes to set the sauce. 
  • Boneless chicken thighs will cook faster so you will need to adjust the time accordingly if cooking boneless chicken thighs.
  • Storage - keep leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for 4 days.
  • There are 9 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg