Buffalo Chicken Thighs (Oven Baked or Air Fryer)

These buffalo chicken thighs are naturally gluten and dairy free. This versatile recipe can be made in both by being baked in the oven and cooked in the air fryer. It is made with a total of 5 staple ingredients you likely already have on hand alongside boneless chicken thighs and your go-to buffalo sauce. They take less than 30 minutes, and make an easy, healthy, dinner everyone will love.

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Oven / Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons oil (avocado oil or olive oil)
  • 2/3 cup buffalo sauce (divided)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine 1/3 cup buffalo sauce, oil, and spices in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Trim the fat off the chicken thighs and coat them in the sauce/spice mix.
  3. Marinate for 1 hour

Oven Baked:

  1. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly coat in oil
  2. Place chicken thighs on baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for 25 mins
  3. Remove thighs from oven and coat with remaining 1/3 cup buffalo sauce

Air Fryer:

  1. Place chicken thighs in a single layer into the air fryer
  2. Cook at 380 degrees F for 10 minutes
  3. Flip thighs and cook an additional 10 minutes
  4. Remove thighs from air fryer and coat with remaining 1/3 cup buffalo sauce


  • For trimming fat off chicken thighs, I find that a good set of kitchen scissors work best
  • A silicone basting brush makes coating the chicken at the end a breeze
  • Code PALEOBAILEY gives you a discount at checkout for the Whole30/keto creamy buffalo I used here

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