Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Thighs


Dinner doesn't get any simpler than this air fryer bacon-wrapped chicken main course! It uses basic ingredients most will already have.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins


Finishing Butter:

  • ½ stick butter, softened

  • ½ clove minced garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil

  • teaspoon coarse salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • pound thick-cut bacon

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic


  1. Combine softened butter, 1/2 clove minced garlic, thyme, basil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Place butter on a piece of wax paper and roll up rightly to form a butter log. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

  2. Lay a bacon strip flat on a piece of wax paper. Place a chicken thigh on top of bacon and sprinkle with some of remaining minced garlic. Open up chicken thigh. Place 1 to 2 teaspoons of cold butter mixture in the middle of chicken thigh. Tuck one end of bacon into the middle of chicken thigh. Fold over chicken thigh and roll bacon around thigh. Repeat with remaining thighs and bacon.

  3. Preheat an air fryer to 370 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Place chicken thighs in the basket of the air fryer and cook until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of thighs should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

453 Calories
34g Fat
1g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 453
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 150mg 50%
Sodium 441mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 340mg 7%

* 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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