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Overhead photo of gluten free paprika chicken thighs surrounded by diced veggies in a pan.

Easy Paprika Chicken Thighs Recipe

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 43-50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 5 people 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Prepare this easy paprika chicken thighs recipe with less than 10 ingredients and 40 minutes in the air fryer or oven for a healthy, high-protein meal you’ll love!


  • 1.5 pounds boneless chicken thighs (skinless)
  • 12 Tablespoons light olive oil


  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika or sweet hot paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons honey or raw sugar
  • Garnish: sliced lemons & fresh chopped parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (air fryer directions in notes). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.


 Alternative Method – AIR FRYER OPTION – Preheat the air fryer to 400F. Once preheated, spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray and place coated thighs in the basket. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes (turning/flipping over after 4 minutes) or until the internal temperature is 165-170F.

Storage Tips – The baked chicken thighs, once cooled, can be stored in the freezer in an airtight storage bag for up to 4 months.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rest Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 to 25 minutes
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 chicken thigh
  • Calories: 197
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Sodium: 316.9 mg
  • Fat: 8.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 27.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 127.8 mg

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