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Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

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Tasty and juicy air fryer chicken drumsticks are finger-licken good! A seriously easy weeknight dinner recipe that the whole family will love. Get the grilled crispy chicken skin and flavor without sweating over the grill.

plate of garnished air fryer drumsticks

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Air fryers make cooking chicken to perfection so easy. Juicy chicken drumsticks in minutes. Not just chicken legs but Chicken Wings, Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken Thighs, Air Fryer Bone-In Chicken Breasts, the options are endless!

Sure you could just enjoy a whole plate of air fryer chicken legs, you’ll enjoy them even more with some of our delicious sides. My Southern Green Beans are my favorite side dish. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes or a fresh Beet and Orange Salad pair perfectly with air fryer chicken.

crispy air fryer drumsticks in the air fryer basket

Ingredients and Tools Needed

A fresh package of chicken and a handful of spices. Cheap, easy, and delicious!

  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Garlic powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Smoked paprika
  • Thyme
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh parsley
airfryer drumstick ingredients

Tools needed for this recipe

  • Air fryer
  • Quick read thermometer
  • A dish for marinating

How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Add garlic powder, brown sugar, paprika, thyme, onion powder, black pepper, and kosher salt to the chicken and rub it all over the chicken drumsticks. Allow the drumsticks to marinate in the seasoning for 15-30 minutes.*

seasoned bowl of chicken drumsticks

Place the drumsticks into the air fryer basket in a single layer. Air fry for 12 minutes, 

seasoned chicken drumsticks in an air fryer basket

After 12 minutes, open the basket and flip the drumsticks. Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes.

cooked chicken in an air fryer basket

Remove from the air fryer basket and sprinkle with parsley. Serve and enjoy.

air fryed chicken drumsticks garnished with parsely

Tips For Perfect Crunchy Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks & FAQs

  • For evenly cooked chicken, don’t crowd the air fryer basket. Depending on your brand of air fryer, you may be able to add more or less chicken than this recipe calls for. It may be necessary to cook chicken legs in batches.
  • Allow the meat to rest a few minutes before eating, this will allow those yummy juices to reabsorb into the drumstick.
  • Pat the chicken dry before rubbing with the spice mixture will help it stick to the chicken and its skin.
  • This Lemon Pepper Seasoning or my Homemade Cajun Seasoning would also be delicious on these air fryer chicken legs.
  • Want a spicy kick? Add cayenne pepper, chili powder, or even buffalo sauce to add some punch.

Can you put raw chicken in an air fryer?

Absolutely! Because the air fryer reaches such a hot air temperature, there isn’t any worry about bacteria from the raw chicken being left behind. As always, wash your air fryer basket after each use as well.

Can I bake chicken legs in the oven too?

Don’t have an air fryer? You can still enjoy these juicy chicken legs. To bake in the oven, preheat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare the chicken legs as instructed. Place the chicken legs on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Turn the chicken legs halfway through to cook evenly.

plate of chicken drumsticks with a bite taken out

Storing leftovers

Refrigerator: Store leftover air fryer chicken legs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Freezer: Before freezing, make sure the drumsticks have cooled completely. Place in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

  • The chicken drumsticks should reach an internal temperature between 170-175 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is done. 
  • I like to allow my chicken drumsticks to sit at room temperature for just a few minutes to absorb the seasonings. Feel free to skip this step if you’re short on time. In the alternative, you can season the chicken drumsticks beforehand, about 1-2 days, and refrigerate them until ready to cook.

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crispy air fryer drumsticks in the air fryer basket
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Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

A seriously easy weeknight dinner recipe that the whole family will love. Get the grilled crispy chicken skin and flavor without sweating over the grill.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken drumsticks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 507kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 8 Chicken drumsticks patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh parsley chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add garlic powder, brown sugar, paprika, thyme, onion powder, black pepper, and kosher salt to the chicken and rub it all over the chicken drumsticks. Allow the drumsticks to marinate in the seasoning for 15-30 minutes.*
  • Place the drumsticks into the air fryer basket in a single layer. Air fry for 12 minutes.
  • After 12 minutes, open the basket and flip the drumsticks. Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from the air fryer basket and sprinkle with parsley. Serve and enjoy.

Notes

  • The chicken drumsticks should reach a temperature between 170-175 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a quick read thermometer to ensure the chicken is done. 
  • I like to allow my chicken drumsticks to sit at room temperature for a few minutes to absorb the seasonings. Feel free to skip this step if you’re short on time. In the alternative, you can season the chicken drumsticks beforehand, about 1-2 days, and refrigerate them until ready to cook.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 679IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg
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Tina

Monday 22nd of August 2022

I stopped liking drumsticks as a teen, after trying this recipe, AND it being the first thing I made in my new air fryer, I LOVE THEM AGAIN!This is a good thing, as with prices so high, chicken legs are a bargain!

Tanya

Wednesday 24th of August 2022

I agree Tina :) So glad you liked the recipe.