Buffalo chicken thighs

Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Buffalo chicken thighs with super crispy skin and a little heat from buffalo sauce. These are great from the air fryer or oven baked. Healthy chicken recipes can be delicious and packed with flavor at the same time. If you’re keto or low carb these chicken thighs are only 1g net carbs per serving.

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Buffalo chicken thighs

Chicken is taste amazing and I don’t think anyone will argue that. It’s so easy to flavor and when prepared properly can still be juicy. Even when chicken is naturally low in fat. These buffalo chicken thighs are packed with flavor from the spice rub blend then topped with buffalo sauce. I am personally keto and I enjoy the Primal Kitchen buffalo sauce. They use avocado oil instead of the standard vegetable oils such as soybean and cottonseed. I provide step by step instructions on how to make these crispy and delicious. You have the option to bake these or the air fryer. Follow my instructions and they’ll be great!

The Best Buffalo Chicken Thighs

  • Extra crispy skin when air fried or oven baked
  • Naturally health, low carb and keto friendly
  • Not too spicy with just a little heat

How To Make Buffalo Chicken Thighs-Step By Step

  1. First, make spice rub. This rub uses several spices but none bring too much heat to the recipe.
  2. Next, dry chicken thighs with a paper towel.
  3. Pour spice rub on top of chicken thighs then rub it in and allow to sit.
  4. Preheat oven or air fryer.
  5. Add chicken skin side up and bake or air fry for 25 minutes flipping halfway through.
  6. Next, pull chicken then spread sauce across chicken. You can toss in sauce or spread across as I did in photos.
  7. Finally, serve!

Buffalo chicken thighs

Helpful Recipe Tips

  • Dry off your chicken. In order for chicken to get extra crispy you have to have dry skin. Moisture is your enemy here.
  • Baking powder only! It draws out even more moisture to help make the skin crispy. Baking soda doesn’t do the same thing. I have tested this a few times and it does make a difference. But, if you don’t have any you can skip adding it. Just don’t swap one for the other.
  • Buffalo sauce matters! The buffalo sauce you choose will determine how spicy this recipe is. I used Primal Kitchen and it’s not very spicy at all. Others can be very spicy so choose a sauce you enjoy the flavor of.

Macros

Below is a nutrition label via Cronometer. This recipe is naturally low in carbs at only 1g net carb each thigh. Being a healthy recipe this is a great recipe for family dinner.

Buffalo chicken thighs

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Buffalo chicken thighs

Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Buffalo chicken thighs with super crispy skin and a little heat from buffalo sauce. These are great from the air fryer or oven baked. Healthy chicken recipes can be delicious and packed with flavor at the same time. If you're keto or low carb these chicken thighs are only 1g net carbs per serving.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
0 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Thighs
Calories 226 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce

Spice Rub

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air fryer or oven to 400°F
  • Mix spice rub together first
  • Dry chicken thighs with paper towel then coat chicken in spice rub
  • Place chicken thighs in preheated air fryer or oven then cook for 25 minutes flipping them halway through
  • After chicken is finished toss chicken in sauce or simply drizzle sauce as I did in video and photos

Notes

Helpful Recipe Tips

  • Dry off your chicken. In order for chicken to get extra crispy you have to have dry skin. Moisture is your enemy here.
  • Baking powder only! It draws out even more moisture to help make the skin crispy. Baking soda doesn't do the same thing. I have tested this a few times and it does make a difference. But, if you don't have any you can skip adding it. Just don't swap one for the other.
  • Buffalo sauce matters! The buffalo sauce you choose will determine how spicy this recipe is. I used Primal Kitchen and it's not very spicy at all. Others can be very spicy so choose a sauce you enjoy the flavor of.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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1 thought on “Buffalo Chicken Thighs”

  1. This recipe is amazing. It’s a true family pleaser, and yet let’s me stay on track. I’ve made it about 5-6 times, following the recipe exactly. Delicious!!

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