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Butterfly sticks are a fun food for the crowd that cooks up quickly with minimal prep. Air Fryer Butterfly Chicken Legs are crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and bursting with flavor. Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken Legs go well with all of your favorite side dishes for a quick and easy dinner that even the kids will love.

Air fryer chicken legs are all the rage right now and they are worth it. Choking chicken legs helps them absorb more flavor and cook quickly so you can feed your family quickly. Get ready because everyone will want seconds of these butterfly toothpicks.

If you love the combination of cilantro and lime, try my Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad, Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken, or Cilantro Lime Shrimp.

Because You’ll Love Air Fryer Butterfly Chicken Legs

  • It’s fun for all ages. Butterfly sticks are unexpected and fun to eat for both adults and children.
  • They are perfect for dipping. Air fryer butterfly chicken legs have a lot of surface area so they cook up crisp and are perfect for dipping.
  • Excellent cold taste. Make a big batch and enjoy leftover Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs straight from the fridge for a tasty snack.

Chicken Thighs with Butterfly Ingredients

  • Chicken: The drumsticks are the stars of this recipe, but you can use your favorite cut of chicken.
  • lime juice: freshly squeezed lime juice adds a bright flavor.
  • Olive oil: or use your favorite oil with a neutral and light flavor,
  • Cilantro: chopped adds a burst of flavor
  • Garlic: freshly minced garlic is warm and earthy.
  • Seasoning: paprika, ground cumin, salt and ground black pepper.
  • Lemon slices: decorate.

How to make butterfly toothpicks

  • Butterfly sticks. Pat the chicken thighs dry with a kitchen towel. With a sharp knife cut the chicken leg until the knife reaches the bone and open it to spread it like a wing. Place chicken in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Marinate the chicken. In small bowl, whisk together chicken marinade ingredients; lemon juice, olive oil, coriander, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour them over the chicken legs and massage the chicken. Let the chicken marinate for 1 hour.
  • Air fry the chicken. Meanwhile, preheat fryer to 390 degrees F for 5 minutes. Drizzle a little oil in the air fryer basket and lay out the chicken legs in a single layer. Air fry chicken for 18-20 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Garnish and serve. Once done, garnish the butterfly chicken with cilantro and serve with lime wedges on the side to enjoy.

Tips for Preparing Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer

  • Speed ​​up the chopsticks by carefully cutting them all the way to the bone with a sharp knife.
  • Rub the marinade over all surfaces of the chicken.
  • Marinate chicken for a minimum of 1 hour or up to overnight.
  • Preheat the air fryer.
  • Place chicken in air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Do not overload the air fryer. Cook in batches as needed.
  • Air fryer cooking times should be used as a guide. Adjust according to the size of your chicken legs and the make and model of your air fryer.
  • Flip the chicken halfway through cooking.
  • Serve with your favorite sauces.

Frequent questions

How do I make butterflies for chicken feet?

Place the chicken leg on a cutting board with the meatier side up. Use a sharp knife to cut the meat down to the bone, being careful not to cut all the way through. It opens the meat like a butterfly before cooking it.

How do I know when the chicken feet are cooked?

Always check for doneness with a meat thermometer. When inserted into the thickest part of the meat, the instant thermometer should reach a minimum of 165 degrees F.

How are butterfly sticks stored and heated?

Let the chicken cool completely before placing it in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Microwave the Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs until hot or in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to reheat.

Can I freeze chicken thighs?

Yes. You can freeze the remaining wings for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the air fryer or microwave until warm.

What to serve with air fryer chicken legs?

These air fryer sticks fit just about anything and can be served with all of your favorite side dishes. Try serving with Cream of Broccoli and Cheese, Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots, Easy Homemade Mashed Potatoes, Crispy Air Fryer Fries, or Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

How to cook butterfly legs on the grill?

Place thighs on grill. Close with the lid and cook for 5-6 minutes per side. Keep turning and closing the lid every few minutes until they are fully cooked. This should take about 20-25 minutes depending on the grill and the size of the chicken feet.

How to cook butterfly legs in the oven?

To cook medium thighs, preheat the oven to 200°F and cook the thighs on a wire rack for about 35 minutes, turning them in the middle. Cooking time varies depending on the size of the chicken thighs. Add more or less time. The internal temperature should always be 165°F.

More Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

  • air fryer orange chicken
  • Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets
  • Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
  • Rosemary chicken breast in air fryer
  • Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe

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  • ▢ 6 large skin-on chicken thighs
  • ▢ ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ▢ 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ▢ 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ▢ ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ▢ Lime slices to decorate

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  • Pat the chicken thighs dry with a kitchen towel. With a sharp knife cut the chicken leg until the knife reaches the bone and open it to spread it like a wing. Place chicken in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In small bowl, whisk together chicken marinade ingredients; lemon juice, olive oil, coriander, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour them over the chicken legs and massage the chicken. Let the chicken marinate for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, preheat fryer to 390 degrees F for 5 minutes. Drizzle a little oil in the air fryer basket and lay out the chicken legs in a single layer.
  • Air fry chicken for 18-20 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Once done, garnish the butterfly chicken with cilantro and serve with lime wedges on the side to enjoy.
  • Speed ​​up the chopsticks by carefully cutting them all the way to the bone with a sharp knife.
  • Rub the marinade over all surfaces of the chicken.
  • Marinate chicken for a minimum of 1 hour or up to overnight.
  • Preheat the air fryer.
  • Place chicken in air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Do not overload the air fryer. Cook in batches as needed.
  • Air fryer cooking times should be used as a guide. Adjust according to the size of your chicken legs and the make and model of your air fryer.
  • Flip the chicken halfway through cooking.
  • Serve with your favorite sauces.

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated fat: 3g | Monounsaturated fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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