These Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks are a perfectly seasoned, crispy dinner that is both kid and adult-approved! This family-friendly meal is done in under 30 minutes!

Best. Drumsticks. Ever!

a white plate of chicken legs garnished with parsley.
  • We used legs for this air fried chicken, but you can use any type of chicken you’d like with this recipe! For larger pieces, you may need to add some extra cook time!
  • This recipe can be easily doubled, but you may need to cook in batches depending on your air fryer size (do not stack chicken)!
  • This recipe is super, duper easy and its quick which makes it great for those busy weeknights!

Recipe Tips

  • Cook time varies based on your style and type of Air Fryer, but in my testing, it took approximately 25 minutes for air fried chicken legs!
  • Need a little extra crisp? It will also depend on how you like your chicken legs cooked. I like to give them some extra time in the air fryer to get really crispy skin.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that your chicken legs are at least 165F. That’s how you know that they are done.
  • It might be tempting but do not stack your air-fried chicken in the air fryer. Layering foods will not allow for even cooking.
  • Always CHECK on your food. Each air fryer runs a bit differently, yours may cook faster than mine! Or slower!
  • Smoking air fryer? If you have a basket you can add about 1-2T of water to the bottom to help reduce smoking if that occurs.
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5 from 2 votes

Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks

These Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks are a perfectly seasoned, crispy dinner that is both kid and adult approved! This family friendly meal is made under 30 minutes!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 219kcal



  • 5-8 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper


  • Preheat the air fryer at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine spices in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Place chicken drumsticks in a plastic zipper bag. Add olive oil and toss to coat.
  • Add spice mixture to the bag and toss to coat.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil, then place the drumsticks inside and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Flip drumsticks and cook for another 10 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Add another 5 minutes of cooking time, until cooked to desired doneness. Serve immediately.



  • Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.
  • Don’t overcrowd the chicken in the air fryer. Allow room for air to flow. 


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 681mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
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