Air fryer chicken drumsticks taste crispy and delicious. Enjoy all that you love about fried chicken without the fat or mess of traditional frying.

closeup picture of a plate of chicken drumsticks.

Air fryer chicken drumsticks

Fried chicken is the best comfort food but I have never liked standing over the stove frying food. The air fryer to the rescue! Thanks to this handy kitchen gadget, our family can enjoy all that we love about fried food with little effort.

We recently made Air Fryer Chicken Breasts and it was a hit! I’m excited to show you how to make these delicious air fryer chicken drumsticks. Each bite is crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.

If you have been on the fence about getting an air fryer, go ahead and do it. You won’t regret it. We have this air fryer and it gets a ton of use. I like the larger size so I can fit more in it. Plus, clean up is a breeze with the air fryer. There is such little mess compared to traditional frying where grease is popping and splattering all over.

closeup picture of a plate of chicken drumsticks.
picture of ingredients- seasonings, olive oil, chicken legs.

Air fryer chicken drumsticks Ingredients:

  • Chicken Drumsticks
  • Olive Oil
  • Paprika
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper

closeup picture of a plate of chicken drumsticks.

How to make drumsticks in air fryer:

First, put the chicken in a large bowl. Pour the olive oil and seasonings all over the chicken. You will need to stir the chicken to make sure each drumstick is well coated in seasoning.

photo of uncooked seasoned chicken in mixing bowl.

Make sure you preheat the air fryer for 400 degrees. No worries if your air fryer does not have a preheat setting. You can let the air fryer run for 5-7 minutes at 400 degree and that will do the trick.

Next, go ahead and put the drumsticks in the air fryer basket. The chicken needs to be in a single layer. Please note that you may have to cook the chicken drumsticks in several batches depending on the size of your air fryer.

photo of uncooked seasoned chicken in air fryer.

How long do drumsticks take in air fryer?

Cook the chicken for 10 minutes and then flip the drumsticks and cook for another 10 minutes. The chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. If you check the chicken and it has not, just continue to cook the chicken in intervals of 5 minutes until it does.

photo of inside of air fryer with cooked chicken legs.

The chicken is best served warm. Enjoy!

closeup picture of a plate of chicken drumsticks.

What to serve with Air fryer chicken legs?

You can also serve the chicken with dipping sauce if you prefer. We like Homemade ketchup ,  homemade bbq sauce and Ranch. Yum!

My kids love sauces! Just use what you prefer. This meal is going to be delicious.

closeup picture of a plate of chicken drumsticks.

Try air fryer drumsticks!

You are going to love being able to enjoy fried chicken without the fuss. Once you try air fryer chicken drumsticks, you will want to try chicken breast and chicken thighs.

The crispy skin really makes this recipe taste like the best fried chicken. Just remember to flip the chicken in the air fryer basket.

So the next time you are craving fried chicken, skip the grease and mess and make air fryer drumsticks for your family. It is sure to be a hit!

closeup picture of a plate of chicken drumsticks.

Make Air fryer chicken legs in minutes.

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Print the recipe for chicken drumsticks in air fryer:

Air fryer chicken drumsticks

4.5 from 4 votes
Air fryer chicken drumsticks taste crispy and delicious. Enjoy all that you love about fried chicken without the mess of traditional frying.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Calories 284
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 12 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  • Place the drumsticks in a large mixing bowl, drizzle with the olive oil and season with the paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Stir to thoroughly coat the drumsticks in the seasoning.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 400 degrees F. If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat option, run the air fryer for 5-7 minutes at 400 degree F.
  • Place the drumsticks in the air fryer basket in a single layer (you may have to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer). Cook for 10 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  • Flip the drumsticks and then cook for another 10 minutes at 400 degrees F until the chicken has reached an internal 165 degrees F. If the chicken has not reached this temperature internally then continue to cook in 5 minute increments until the chicken has reached 165 degrees F.
  • Serve immediately while still warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 284kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 27g, Fat 19g, Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 139mg, Sodium 545mg, Potassium 350mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 159IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 23mg, Iron 1mg

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