Air-Fryer Fried Chicken Thighs and Asparagus

Utilizing an air fryer to prepare both fried chicken thighs and asparagus not only streamlines the cooking process but also helps keep the meal healthy and light. The air fryer excels in creating a crispy exterior on the chicken while keeping the meat juicy and tender inside. Pairing these succulent chicken thighs with asparagus makes for a balanced meal, combining the robust flavors of fried chicken with the freshness of lightly crisped green vegetables. This guide will provide you with the steps to prepare a flavorful and straightforward dinner using your air fryer.

Crafting the Perfect Air-Fryer Fried Chicken Thighs and Asparagus

Ingredients and Preparation

For the Fried Chicken Thighs:

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (smoked or sweet)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter

For the Asparagus:

  • 1 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: lemon zest or grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Cooking Instructions

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