Air Fryer Honey-Cajun Chicken Thighs


I'm a wimp when it comes to heat, but this packs some heat without being overwhelming.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
6 servings


  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • cup tapioca flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoons Cajun seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt

  • ½ teaspoon honey powder (such as Savory Spice®)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 4 teaspoons honey


  1. Combine buttermilk and hot sauce in a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken thighs and marinate for 30 minutes

  2. Combine flour, tapioca flour, Cajun seasoning, garlic salt, honey powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Remove thighs from buttermilk mixture and dredge through flour mixture. Shake off excess flour.

  3. Preheat an air fryer to 360 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Place chicken thighs into the air fryer basket and cook for about 15 minutes. Flip thighs over and cook until chicken thighs are no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 10 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove chicken thighs from air fryer and drizzle each thigh with 1 teaspoon honey.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

248 Calories
12g Fat
16g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 248
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 430mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 187mg 4%

* 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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