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Air Fryer Drumsticks

by Karly

AIR FRYER CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS are really juicy and super easy to make thanks to the air fryer! The skin gets nice and crisp and the chicken is juicy and flavorful.

chicken drumsticks on black plate.

If you love chicken legs (and who doesn’t?!), cooking them in the air fryer is a super easy way to feed your craving.

We love chicken that is juicy, not dry. And everyone knows the skin is the best part of any chicken. The seasoning blend in this recipe makes a fantastic tasting skin and the air fryer crisps it up beautifully while keeping the inside juicy and tender.

This is what chicken drumstick dreams are made of! 😉

The other great thing about cooking drumsticks in an air fryer is they make a perfect lunch! With hardly any mess to clean up when you’re done and the speed of the preparation, this is a breeze.

How to make air fryer chicken legs:

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Season – Get a large Ziploc baggie and fill it with the seasonings. Add the drumsticks to the bag and mix them all up until each drumstick is coated in seasoning.

Seasoned raw chicken legs in an air fryer pan.

Air Fry – Cook them for 20 minutes in your air fryer flipping them after 10 minutes. Once the chicken hits 165, they’re ready to devour!

Cooked chicken legs in an air fryer pan.

Chicken Drumsticks FAQ:

Can I make these from frozen chicken legs?

We recommend thawing the chicken first to ensure that the chicken cooks through without the outside getting too overdone. Cooking meat from frozen often results in an uneven cook.

How should I reheat the leftovers?

They are fine to reheat in the microwave, but the skin won’t be crisp anymore. Pop them back into the air fryer until they’re warmed through if you prefer crispy skin.

Can I substitute the avocado oil?

You can use any sort of oil you want. We like avocado oil because of it’s high smoke point.

chicken legs piled on black plate.

Which air fryer do I reccomend?

I only have experience with one brand/model of air fryer, but I’m very happy with it and it has amazing reviews on Amazon, which is why I purchased it. 

I use the OMORC Air Fryer XL. It’s 5.8 quarts which means that it’s large enough to hold plenty of food. Some of those air fryers are tiny (which is fine for small households!), but I wanted a bigger one for my family of four.

It’s dishwasher safe, too. Always a win in my book.

A close up of air fried chicken legs in an air fryer basket.

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A close up of a stack of cooked chicken legs on a wooden cutting board.
A close up of chicken drumsticks close together in a an air fryer pan.

Air Fryer Drumsticks

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These air fried drumsticks are savory and easy to make with very little mess!


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. 
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a large zip top bag and seal. Smush the chicken around in the bag to coat in the seasoning.
  3. Arrange chicken in the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd. You may have to work in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer. 
  4. Cook for 20 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  5. Serve immediately.


Feel free to adjust the seasonings to taste. This seasoning blend is a perfect all purpose blend, but feel free to mix it up however you like. Cajun seasoning also makes for some great chicken legs.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 22g

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Alice Coupe January 26, 2022 - 11:09 am

Looks delicious

Karly January 26, 2022 - 5:04 pm

Thanks, Alice!

JOE BOWEN WHEELER September 2, 2021 - 5:35 pm

tonight’s menu is your cauliflower florets & the chicken (I only have thighs).

Karly September 3, 2021 - 11:02 am

Awesome! Hope you enjoy your dinner, Joe!

Joe Wheeler September 3, 2021 - 4:09 pm

Both the air fryer cheesy cauliflower and chicken looked so good I took a photo before enjoying the resulting meal.

Karly September 4, 2021 - 10:09 am

Aw, I love to hear that! Hope they tasted as good as they looked! 🙂

Iris May 14, 2021 - 4:34 pm

Am trying drumsticks tonight

Karly May 15, 2021 - 10:39 am

Hope you love them!

Lurlene Reil December 19, 2020 - 1:40 pm

You got a very excellent website, Glad I noticed it through yahoo.

Kandice December 6, 2020 - 2:08 am

5 stars
This recipe is amazing! My air fryer is small so I only made 4 drumsticks. Used the full seasonings and they were so flavorful and juicy. Perfect!!

Karly December 6, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Awesome! Thanks, Kandice!

Teresa Falkenstein October 12, 2020 - 2:17 pm

Made these last night in my air fryer and they turned out perfect! Crispy and juicy and done in less than a half hour. Perfect for supper after a day at work. Thanks.

Karly October 13, 2020 - 10:11 am

Love to hear that. Thanks, Teresa!

Charlie August 20, 2020 - 11:46 am

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Karly August 20, 2020 - 3:44 pm

Hi Charlie! Check your email to confirm your subscription and you should be good to go. 🙂


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