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crispy honey chicken in a bowl with rice.
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Air Fryer Crispy Honey Chicken

Crispy air fryer chicken thighs served with a delectable honey garlic sauce. This Air Fryer Crispy Honey Chicken is a dinner you will love!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken thighs, air fryer crispy honey chicken, honey chicken, honey garlic sauce
Servings: 6
Calories: 439kcal



  • 6 bonless, skinless, chicken thighs (see note)
  • 1 cup cornstarch (or potato starch)
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper



  • Cut the chicken into cubed chunks, then toss it in a bowl with cornstarch & seasonings. Use enough to coat the chickenevenly.
  • Place in the Air Fryer and cook according to your Air Fryer Manual for chicken. (Note - I cooked ours on 390°F for 12 minutes on each side for a total of 24 minutes).

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan add 2 tablespoons olive oil and minced garlic. Cookover medium heat to soften the garlic but do not let it brown.
  • Add the honey, soy sauce, and black pepper.
  • Simmer together for 5-10 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool fora few minutes. Watch this carefully as it simmers because it can foam up over the pot very easily.
  • Once the sauce is made and the chicken is finished cooking, combine in a serving dish and toss to coat the chicken completely. Serve with rice and garnish with chopped green onions if desired!


You can substitute the thighs for boneless, skinless chicken breasts but they will not need as long to cook in the air fryer.
Recipe adapted from my Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 645mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg