ActiFry Chicken Thighs & other quick recipe ideas for when you’re tired!

ActiFry Chicken Thighs, chicken in a bun, salad, cheap, quick, easy, dinner, recipe

Today I’m bringing you ActiFry Chicken Thighs! Whether you’re a busy mum or dad there are days when you simply don’t have the energy to cook but the thought of a ready meal depresses you for its lack of freshness and nutrients. I had such a night recently when my energy levels had hit rock bottom after a busy day and the last thing I wanted to do was cook. Yes I’m sure even Jamie Oliver doesn’t feel like cooking when he gets home after a day in the kitchen and the same can be said for food bloggers! So with a packet of chicken thighs in the fridge I tried to think of the easiest and quickest option for them. Yes I could roast them in the oven but I have grown a little weary of the mess that causes and the billows of burning chicken fat that it causes when next using the oven! Then bingo the Tefal ActiFry caught my eye and I knew that it would be perfect for the job of roasting my chicken thighs in a really efficient way and with minimal mess. Its usual to add a spoon of oil to food being fried but as the chicken thighs had their skins on I knew this would be necessary so just coated them in paprika and onion granules for a bit of flavour. You could use any spices you wish or simply salt and pepper but the paprika did give a nice colour.

ActiFry Chicken Thighs, chicken in a bun, salad, cheap, quick, easy, dinner, recipe

To go with our succulent and tasty chicken thighs I simply heated up some rolls in the oven and prepared some salad ingredients including avocado. Once the chicken thighs were cooked I simply removed the bone and placed the chicken meat in the buns with the salad and some mayonnaise. If I’d had some oven chips I might have cooked some to go on the side too. This really was minimal effort food using fresh ingredients and far better than resorting to a ready meal and also much cheaper! I bought my chicken thighs in Aldi for £1.99 so this was an extremely cheap meal. I also got my rolls reduced from Tesco for 25p and had them in the freezer. And if you want to know the cheapest place to get avocados then go to Morrisons where they are 99p for 4.

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Actifry Chicken Thighs with a coating of paprika and onion granules - good simple food!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 750g (approx 4 - 5 pieces) Chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
  • Paprika
  • Onion granules
  1. Trim any excess skin from the chicken thighs.
  2. Dust both sides of the thighs with onion granules and paprika.
  3. Place in ActiFry equally spaced apart and set to cook for 35 minutes. (No oil needed).
  4. You will have to keep an eye on the thighs for the first few minutes as they might get caught on the paddle and need a gentle shove with a wooden spoon to get them back on their way! (This just happened once to me).
  5. Check the meat is cooked and not pink and serve as required. I put my boned thighs in rolls with salad and mayonnaise.

ActiFry Chicken Thighs, chicken in a bun, salad, cheap, quick, easy, dinner, recipe

I asked fellow food bloggers what dishes they make when they’re just too tired to spend much time cooking and here are their suggestions:

Leek Mushroom and Goats Cheese Tart from Planet Veggie
One Pot Creamy Sausage & Tomato Spaghetti from My Fussy Eater
Cheesy Peasy Gnochi from Knead Whine (good for little ones)
Cherry Tomato Bread & Butter Pudding from Farmersgirl Kitchen
The Easiest Dinner Traybake from It’s Not Easy Being Greedy
Veggie Sausage & Roasted Vegetable Tray Bake from family-friends-food
Puff Pastry, Cheese, Courgette & Mint Tart from Kavey Eats
Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
Simple Sweetcorn Fritters from Lauren Abery
Pan Fried Chilli Crab Udon Noodles from Franglais Kitchen
Spicy Chorizo and Egg Fried Wholegrain Rice from Anne’s Kitchen
Easy Crab Chilli & Rocket Pasta from Cook Sister
Yogurt & Parmesan Chicken Breasts from me
Quick Ciabatta Pizzas from me

As each of my Actifry Chicken Thighs in a bun cost about 70p a serving I’m entering them into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours which is being hosted by Jo’s Kitchen this month.

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  1. Sandy

    What temp set sir fryer on for chicken thigh recipe says cook 35 min

    1. Camilla

      Hi Sandy, the ActiFry doesn’t have a temperature setting, just a time setting.

  2. Ronny E Intilia

    What is the cooking temperature…..I missed it.

    1. Camilla

      The ActiFry doesn’t have a temperature setting.

  3. Lindsey Stuart

    Oh chicken is my favourite meat, they look delicious and easy to make thanks to you for sharing!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lindsey:-)

  4. Shannkn

    Can you cook frozen chicken in a actifry? If so how long? X

    1. Camilla

      Hi Shannon, no but you can in the new style electric pressure cookers like the Pressure King Pro!

  5. Sam McKean

    Such a simple but brilliant idea, thanks for the inspo!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sam:-)

  6. Susan Mann

    These look fab. Thanks for sharing lovely x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Susan:-)

  7. Sheila

    I’ve just purchased my Actifry and was wondering what to do with some chicken wings and drumsticks and seen this recipe which looks very nice and easy so this is what we having for tea tonight fingers crossed x

  8. Marion Weir

    Adding to my list of recipes. One of my kind, generous children will eventually buy me an actfry lol 😀

    1. Camilla

      Fingers crossed LOL:-)

  9. Maya Russell

    An actifry is going on my list of things I want. Really, really, want!

    1. Camilla

      I don’t blame you:-)

  10. Jane Davies

    This looks great, would love to be able to make quick food that is healthy, must get an actifry !!!!!

    1. Camilla

      It is fab:-)

  11. brenda heads

    I love chicken cooked in my actifry.

  12. Jane Davies

    This looks amazing, and to be able to enjoy it without feeling guilty !!!!!
    Must get an actifry !

    1. Camilla

      Can’t recommend highly enough:-)

  13. Rosie Wilcock

    This recipe is definitely getting saved so I can have a go at replicating it as it looks amazing and i don’t eat red m,eat anymore so this is perfect for me

    1. Camilla


  14. Ursula Hunt

    Fried chicken is a lovely treat to have now and again

    1. Camilla

      This is air fried Ursula so not naughty at all:-)

  15. Emily Leary

    Simple and really showcases how great the Actifry can be.

    1. Camilla

      It’s such a fab machine, I find myself talking about it at the school gate and then having to explain exactly what it does LOL as some people think it’s a deep fat fryer I’m talking about. Had a great meal tonight in one:-)

  16. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    They’ve browned up nicely. I need to find a home in my kitchen for the multifryer as it’s quite useful but takes up a lot of space.

    1. Camilla

      I bet you have lots of kitchen gadgets but I have used my ActiFry so often now it sits in the corner where my slow cooker used to be.

  17. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    I must try this. I use my Actifry all the time but have never done chicken thighs in it

    1. Camilla

      Nor had I Jo until exhaustion led me to this beautiful outcome LOL:-)

  18. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories

    That looks really tasty!

  19. Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D)

    I have an actifry and find it really useful too. I am looking to find more vegetarian recipes I can make in it.

    1. Camilla

      They are fab aren’t they Nayna, I bet it could do a really good ratatouille:-)

  20. Sarah Cooper

    I have an actifry – I must try these.

    1. Camilla

      Great, I love mine:-)

  21. hdh74

    Looks delicious. Got me coveting an actifry now. And a bigger kitchen – I love gadgets – but where to put them?

    1. Camilla

      I know what you mean about a bigger kitchen! We use the ActiFry so much that it’s taken the spot where the slow cooker was:-)

  22. Janice

    Great idea! Thanks for including my recipe in your round up, so many quick and easy recipes.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice and I’m definitely going to try to remember to make your lovely savoury bread and butter pudding:-)

  23. Tracy

    You have made me want an actifry just so that I can make this! Looks delicious, and much better than reaching for a ready meal.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks:-) Exactly and far healthier:-)

  24. Ciara (My Fussy Eater)

    Yum , this looks delicious. Thanks for the mention! x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ciara, a pleasure:-)

  25. Kavey

    Always good to be armed with some quick and simple dinner ideas!

    1. Camilla


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