Air Fryer Chicken Thigh Schnitzel


This air fryer schnitzel is a perfect example of how chicken thighs can be more flavorful than chicken breasts. Not only is it delicious, but since it's cooked in the air fryer, it is lower in calories and light on oil and grease.

close up view of Chicken Thigh Schnitzel garnished with herbs, with a side of sauce on a platter
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat

  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup flour

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • avocado oil cooking spray


  1. Place chicken thighs, one at a time, between 2 sheets of parchment paper and flatten with a mallet.

  2. Combine bread crumbs, salt, and black pepper in a shallow bowl. Place flour in a separate shallow bowl and beaten egg in a third shallow bowl. Dip chicken thighs first in flour, then in beaten egg. Finally, coat with seasoned bread crumbs.

  3. Preheat an air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Place breaded thighs in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching; work in batches if necessary. Mist with avocado oil and cook for 6 minutes. Flip each thigh, mist with oil, and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

293 Calories
14g Fat
17g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 293
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 927mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 232mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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