Hey busy Mama, are you looking for a quick and easy dinner in around 30 minutes? Grab your air fryer and chicken drumsticks (chicken legs) and make this easy recipe your family will ask for again and again. It really is a family favorite for us.

Does it ever feel like you are constantly doing laundry and meals? It feels sometimes like that is all we do. I love our Air fryer. I got it off Amazon. Here’s the link in case you need one. I love that the whole family can use the air fryer. It’s easy to use for older kids and my husband, as well.

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Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks Tips for an Easy Dinner Recipe

  • For really crispy chicken legs in this air fryer recipe, make sure you pat your chicken drumsticks dry with a paper towel before you coat them in the oil and spices. I usually lay this in a single layer on a plate to make sure they all get patted dry. Doing this removes excess moisture and ensures your chicken cooks up with a crispy skin, which is the best part, right?
  • Always preheat your air fryer. Just like your oven, you want to make sure your air fryer is hot and at temperature, which is 400 degrees Fahrenheit for the chicken legs.
  • For the best air fryer chicken drumsticks don’t overfill the air fryer otherwise your chicken drumsticks won’t cook evenly because the hot air won’t be able to circulate fully which is how the air fryer magically works. Your air fryer manual will tell you specifically how much to put in.
  • Chicken is done when the internal temperate reaches 165 degrees F. If you want you can adjust your cooking time and cook your air fryer drumsticks to 180-190 degrees F so the meat is falling off of the bone. Also, cooking it to a higher temperature gets rid of the bloody spots around the bone which my kids think is “so gross”. I love this kitchen thermometer.

Ingredients:

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (depending on size, you may need some extra oil)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt or sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  2. Grab two mixing bowls. One for coating your chicken with oil and one for the dry rub mix
  3. In a small bowl combine all the spices and herbs, set that mixture aside.
  4. Place chicken in a plastic resealable bag or large bowl. Add olive oil and toss to coat. Make sure all your drumsticks are coated well.
  5. Add spice mixture to bag or bowl and toss to coat chicken drumsticks. Make sure spices are even on all your chicken
  6. Place your chicken drumsticks in air fryer basket and preheated air fryer and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
  7. Flip chicken drumsticks over using tongs and cook for an additional 10 minutes at 400 degrees. You may want to add a few minutes if you want the internal temperature to be 180 degrees. Use a digital thermometer to check temperature.

Air frying is a healthy way to feed your family. If you are specifically doing a low carb or keto diet. Our favorite dessert with this air fryer chicken legs recipe is these gluten-free brownies you will LOVE. Get the recipe HERE

Favorite sauce for chicken drumsticks:

  • Honey mustard
  • Homemade BBQ sauce or barbecue sauce from the grocery store
  • Soy sauce with sesame seeds
  • Hot sauce (1 of my children eats hot sauce on nearly every food)

The next time you are looking for a great recipe, this is a huge hit in our family. Don’t forget also to grab our free weekly meal plan.

Yield: 8

Air fryer chicken drumsticks

air fryer chicken drumsticks

Your family will love these air fryer chicken drumsticks. Super easy meal in less than 30 minutes. Great if you are on a low carb or keto diet.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.

Grab two mixing bowls. One for coating your chicken with oil and one for the dry rub mix

In a small bowl combine all the spices and herbs, set that mixture aside.

Place chicken in a plastic resealable bag or large bowl. Add olive oil and toss to coat. Make sure all your drumsticks are coated well.

Add spice mixture to bag or bowl and toss to coat chicken drumsticks. Make sure spices are even on all your chicken

Place your chicken drumsticks in air fryer basket and preheated air fryer and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Flip chicken drumsticks over and cook for an additional 10 minutes at 400 degrees. You may want to add a few minutes if you want the internal temperature to be 180 degrees. Use a digital thermometer to check temperature.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 743mgCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 27g
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