Easy Keto Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Thigh Recipe

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First and foremost, we do Easy Keto at our house.  Life’s too hard to make my way of eating anything but easy.  That’s why we do our Keto Parmesan Crusted Chicken Thighs the easiest way possible.

These Parmesan Chicken Thighs are not just easy, they are delicious. With a crispy topping that makes me feel like I’m having fried chicken but without being fried in industrial seed oils? That is a serious win in my book.

What makes this Keto Parmesan Chicken Thigh Recipe so Easy?

First, we use our Air Fryer (affiliate link). The Air Fryer is fast with easy cleanup. If you don’t have one, I seriously recommend you get one. I was on the fence for quite a while, thinking we wouldn’t use it often enough to warrant making space for an appliance in my kitchen. Boy, was I wrong! We’ve made everything from chicken to chips to cheesecake in this baby in the past month, and we haven’t even scratched the surface. It’s just so much faster and easier than using the oven or the stovetop for so many foods!

Second, we don’t mess with any kind of dip.  No eggs, no mayo, nothing.  Cheese will stick without a binder, so let’s not complicate this recipe.

Third, we don’t coat both sides of the thigh so we don’t have to flip it in the middle of cooking.  No one looks at the bottom of their meat anyway, so let’s keep it easy keto.

An easy keto air fryer recipe for crispy boneless skinless chicken thighs.

Tweaks and Twists on this Easy Low Carb Recipe

Be sure to check the notes after the recipe for some more tweaks and twists to dress this easy keto recipe up with different flavor profiles.  Simple doesn’t have to be boring.

Easy Keto Air Fryer Recipe for Keto Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Thighs

Easy Keto Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Thigh Recipe

Super easy Keto Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Thigh Recipe. Easy, Crispy, Gluten Free, Keto Friendly, Sugar Free, and just darn good. You’re going to love not only the moist tender flavor, but the easy prep, cooking, and cleanup.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Air Fryer, Gluten Free, Keto Recipe, Low Carb Recipe, Paleo Recipe, Primal Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Resting TIme: 5 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 4 Thighs
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Angela Davis


  • 4 Medium Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Oz pork rinds Ground in blender
  • 2 Oz Parmesan cheese Ground in blender
  • 2 tbsp grass fed butter
  • 1/2 tsp pink sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Trim the extra fat off of the chicken thighs, but don’t cut it all off…fat is good for you!
  • Salt & Pepper the chicken thighs.
  • Blend the Pork Rinds & Parmesan Cheese in a food processor until fine.
    Super Easy Low Carb Recipe for the Air Fryer: Keto Crispy Parmesan Chicken Thighs. Easy, Low Carb, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, and Darn Good. The whole family loves these crispy and moist chicken thighs and I love them because they are so fast and easy to cook. - Angela
  • Place two thighs (or more if you have room) into your Air Fryer basket. Don’t overlap.
  • Cover each thigh with the Pork Rinds / Parmesan Cheese blend.
    Easy Crispy Keto Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer
  • Put about 1/2 Tbsp of butter on top of each thigh. Split the butter into two dabs so it melts more evenly over the thigh.
  • Cook in Air Fryer for 13 Minutes at 330 Degrees until the thickest portion of the thigh measures 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Easy Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thigh Air Fryer Recipe. This recipe is low carb, keto, and gluten free.
  • Enjoy!


Tweaks and Twists
  • Garlic Parmesan – add  some Granulated Garlic in the topping.
  • Jalapeno Parmesan – add slices of fresh jalapeno before you add the topping.
  • Cheese Parmesan – add more cheese on top of the topping.
  • Classic Chicken Parmesan – Add a layer low carb marinara sauce before the topping, then put mozzarella on top of the topping.

A Serving is one thigh.

Nutrition – Not laboratory tested.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Keto Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Thigh Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 799mg33%
Potassium 290mg8%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Calcium 178mg18%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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~ Angela

Stacey Davis

I am the co-founder of Advantage Meals along with my wife, Angela Davis. Together we run a Meal Solutions Business we created called Magic Meals Home Delivery. In April of 2018, we launch AdvantageMeals.com to help others thrive.

13 thoughts on “Easy Keto Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Thigh Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you. I prepared the recipe yesterday. They were delicious. I used the pork rinds, made in my village. Ummm tasty.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you. I prepared the recipe yesterday. They were delicious. I used the pork rinds, made in my village. Ummm tasty.

  3. 5 stars
    Made these thighs today and so yummy!
    I cooked them in air fryer at 345 for about 45 minutes. Making them for super bowl party for sure
    Thank you

  4. It says it’s an air fryer recipe, but the instructions say to put it in a 9×13 pan and cook in the oven.

    What are the air fryer instructions? Thanks! Can’t wait to try!

  5. You title this “Air Fryer.” In your story section you say you make this in your Air Fryer, then in the recipe you never mention Air Fryer again, giving directions for oven baking. Finally one of the comments tells how they made it in their Air Fryer giving time and temp. Seems like you should edit the directions in the Recipe to include the Air Fryer if you are going to title it “Air Fryer.” Or it could be just me. . .

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