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Char Sui Chicken Thighs

Char Siu Chicken

These char siu bone in chicken thighs are slow roasted in the air fryer after they are marinated in authentic char siu ingredients
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Air Fryer, Char Siu, Chicken Thighs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • Air Fryer


  • 4 Chicken Thighs bone in skin on


  • 4 cloves Garlic diced
  • 3 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Five Spice or All Spice
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper



  • Dice 4 large cloves of garlic
  • Mix all marinade ingredients together in a 1 gallon zip lock bag or medium bowl
  • Put chicken thighs into the marinade bag, zip it closed, and shake the bag well to completely cover the chicken thighs
  • Refrigerate for 6-24 hours flipping or massaging halfway through the marinating to make sure all of the chicken thighs get a chance to sit at the bottom

Air Frying

  • Remove chicken thighs from the refrigerator about a 1/2 hour prior to cooking
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes
  • Spray olive oil evenly over inside of the Air Fryer Basket (we use EVO spray bottle and I love it)
  • Place thighs into the air fryer basket skin side up and lightly spray with olive oil
  • Air Fry at 200 °F for 30 minutes, spray the chicken lightly with olive oil, flip the chicken thighs and spray the chicken thighs with olive oil
  • Air fry for another 30 minutes at 200°F
  • After 60 minutes at 200°F, air fry chicken thighs at 400°F for 7 - 10minutes (thighs are skin side down still and check the thighs at 7 minutes to see if the skin is crisp, if not give it another minute or so)
  • Use tongs or a cookie spatula to move chicken thighs to a plate skin side up to rest for 8 minutes
  • Serve Char Siu chicken thighs with your favorite sides like rice, steamed vegetables, wantons, dumpling, or by them selves
  • Enjoy your Char Siu chicken thighs