Turkey is naturally low in sodium, but preparing it can easily ramp up its sodium content. Using herbs to season it without added salt is a great way to make it still taste amazing while keeping it low in sodium. This particular recipe uses the air fryer which should help make the turkey skin crispy and means they have to cook for only 40-45 minutes!

This recipe uses simple ingredients. Softened butter, garlic, fresh thyme, fresh sage, and fresh rosemary rubbed under the skin of two turkey thighs already sounds delicious! And it’s easy! You just have to pat the turkey dry, combine the other ingredients in a bowl, and rub the butter mixture under the turkey skin. Cook it in an air fryer, skin side up, for 40-45 minutes in a 375°F air fryer, making sure the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

While thyme, sage, and rosemary are our favorites for this recipe, feel free to mix it up and use any low-sodium seasonings you love. You can store this cooked turkey for up to two days in the refrigerator. If you want to reheat it, we suggest using the air fryer again.

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Low Sodium Air Fried Turkey Thighs

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Condition: Low Sodium
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 turkey thighs, bone in and skin on
  • 1/2 stick butter softened
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 Tbsp thyme fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sage fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary fresh, finely chopped


  • Pat turkey thighs dry with a paper towel, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic, and herbs. Gently pull skin away from the meat on the turkey thigh and rub butter under the skin as well as on the outside of the skin.
  • Heat air fryer to 375 degrees F. Cook thighs skin side up for 40-45 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing off bone and serving.


Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 227mg
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An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.