Air fryer 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.
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.
Chicken- We are looking for 8 chicken legs for this recipe. Adjust the recipe accordingly if you use more or fewer drumsticks.
Seasonings– Keep it easy with garlic and onion powder, paprika, parsley, salt, pepper, and a little avocado oil.
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.
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!
Chicken Drumsticks FAQ:
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.
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.
You can use any sort of oil you want. We like avocado oil because of it’s high smoke point.
Which air fryer do I reccomend?
We have an entire page on our site dedicated to our air fryer recommendations. You can check it out for a quick shopping reference.
We ALWAYS target convenience in the decision making and of course performance!
Also, I have learned not to use an aerosol can non-stick spray. Instead, I use a mister and pump vegetable oil into my air fryer. The aerosol can product can damage your air fryer basket over time.
More Easy Air Fried Recipes:
- We loved these buffalo chicken flautas!
- I am eager to try out these potato skins in my air fryer!
- If you want a low carb air-fried dinner you can go with this pork chop and broccoli recipe.
- These air fryer zucchini go great with our drumsticks too!
Air Fryer Drumsticks
- 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
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cook for 20 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
- Serve immediately.
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Comments & Reviews
Stephen Foree says
I liked the chicken, although the flavor is not strong enough for me. The cook time was perfect. I went 1-1/2x on the recipe for 12 drumsticks. I did use the avocado oil too, but it still smoked up my house.
Thank you for the recipe.
Alice Coupe says
JOE BOWEN WHEELER says
tonight’s menu is your cauliflower florets & the chicken (I only have thighs).
Awesome! Hope you enjoy your dinner, Joe!
Joe Wheeler says
Both the air fryer cheesy cauliflower and chicken looked so good I took a photo before enjoying the resulting meal.
Aw, I love to hear that! Hope they tasted as good as they looked! 🙂
Am trying drumsticks tonight
Hope you love them!
Lurlene Reil says
You got a very excellent website, Glad I noticed it through yahoo.
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!!
Awesome! Thanks, Kandice!
Teresa Falkenstein says
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.
Love to hear that. Thanks, Teresa!
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