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Sticky BBQ Air Fryer Chicken Legs

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These air fryer chicken legs are so simple to make with just 3 ingredients! Perfect to serve as an appetizer or part of a main meal, they require very minimal prep and are ready to serve in about half an hour. Deliciously sticky and made with my homemade BBQ sauce.

Sticky BBQ Air Fryer Chicken Legs on a white work top

We eat a ton of BBQ around these parts. Whether it’s BBQ Ribs or pulled pork, it goes down in our house. Now I’ve added these bbq chicken legs to the mix and they are perfect for these busy weeknights.

It’s never been easy to make wonderfully crispy and juicy chicken legs! Made with my homemade BBQ seasoning and BBQ sauce, they are wonderfully sweet and tangy and a real crowd pleaser!

Serve them up as a tasty game day appetizer or as part of a main with my air fryer fries and carrot raisin salad.

How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Legs

  • Preheat air fryer basket to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Season Chicken legs with BBQ Rub, making sure all pieces are fully covered.
  • Place in air fryer basket and cook for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Seasoned chicken legs in the air fryer basket
The cooked chicken legs in air fryer basket before being glazed
  • Once 25 minutes is up, brush BBQ Sauce over all the pieces of chicken. Air fryer for an additional 5 minutes or until the BBQ is charred and sticky.
The chicken legs in the air fryer ready to serve

Can you reheat them?

If you do have leftovers, you can easily reheat them in the air fryer to get them nice and crispy again. Preheat the air fryer to 375F and cook them in a single layer for 5 to 7 minutes, flipping once, until cooked through. If you have an instant read thermometer, they should register at 165F.

Take care to only reheat the chicken legs once.

What’s the best BBQ sauce to use?

I admit it, I’m biased, but my homemade BBQ sauce is perfect for these chicken legs, and really takes them to another level. Of course, if you are pushed for time you can use your favorite store bought brand. Just make sure the BBQ sauce is thick enough to get sticky.

I like to use a dry rub first for a really deep and rich flavor. So delicious!

Why cook them in an air fryer?

These chicken legs are so easy to cook in the air fryer and they come out so wonderfully crispy and juicy. They cook to perfection every single time! It’s also quicker than the oven or grill. The cooking method is pretty hands off too , leaving you able to get on with other things.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • This recipe is easily doubled. If you are making more, be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket or they won’t get crispy all over.
  • You can make the seasoning mix and bbq sauce days ahead of time so that it’s super quick to make these chicken legs.
  • Be sure to preheat your air fryer before adding the legs. This will help them to cook evenly through and help them not stick to the basket.

You can use other parts of the chicken…

  • Boneless chicken breast (6 oz each) – 13-14 minutes on 400 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Chicken legs and chicken wings – 30 minutes on 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Boneless Chicken thighs – 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-17 minutes, flipping halfway through
  • Bone-in chicken thighs – 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 22-25, flipping halfway through. Then crank up to 390 degrees for 5 minutes if you want crispy skin.
  • Chicken Wings – Same time as these legs.

More Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

Watch this video tutorial and see how I make these chicken legs from start to finish.

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Sticky BBQ Air Fryer Chicken Legs

These air fryer chicken legs are so simple to make with just 3 ingredients! Perfect to serve as an appetizer or part of a main meal, they require very minimal prep and are ready to serve in about half an hour.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken legs, bbq chicken legs, homemade bbq chicken legs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 245kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer basket to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Season Chicken legs with BBQ Rub, making sure all pieces are fully covered.
  • Place in air fryer basket and cook for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Once 25 minutes is up, brush BBQ Sauce over all the pieces of chicken. Air fryer for an additional 5 minutes or until the BBQ is charred and sticky.
  • Remove and enjoy.

Video

Notes

  • This recipe is easily doubled. If you are making more, be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket or they won’t get crispy all over.
  • You can make the seasoning mix and bbq sauce days ahead of time so that it’s super quick to make these chicken legs.
  • Be sure to preheat your air fryer before adding the legs. This will help them to cook evenly through and help them not stick to the basket.

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 434mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3mg
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Patty

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Made these for the 4th - turned out perfectly! The meat was fall off the bone, and the dry rub added an extra ‘oompf.

Jeanette

Monday 12th of April 2021

Hi Tanya, thanks for your airfryer recipes! I love this one and the lemon pepper chicken one!

Jim

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Hello Tanya, I was really wanting some BBQ chicken but with a cold, blustery and rainy day we were having standing outside with the grill was out of the question. Since I already had potato salad and baked beans (I cheated, they were store bought LOL) I really needed and craved BBQ chicken. It came to me... air fryer. I'm sure there are probably thousands of Google sites but from experience I went to My Forking Life and sure enough... a great recipe as always! I followed the recipe and they came out GREAT! Thank you for all your great ideas and recipes. I can always count on the Air Fryer Queen - YOU! As I've said before, your family is truly blessed to have such a talented lady in their lives. Thanks again!

Tanya

Monday 22nd of March 2021

Thank you so much Jim!

Naica

Monday 15th of March 2021

Tried this tonight and my boyfriend loved it.. it was easy to follow and doesn't take too much time preparing, will try your other air fryer recipes :)

Sinead Kelly

Friday 12th of March 2021

If doubling the recipe how long do they need to cook?