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Air Fryer Chicken Legs (Drumsticks)

These Air Fryer Chicken Legs (Drumsticks) are packed with flavor and the perfect addition to your dinner table!

three air fryer chicken legs on parchment paper

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Air Fryer Chicken Legs (also called drumsticks) are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditionally fried chicken legs. They’re coated with a flavorful seasoning and are a perfect mixture of juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside.

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Chicken Legs

  • This recipe takes about half the time as traditional baked chicken legs.
  • Thanks to a special ingredient addition, these drumsticks are extra-crispy on the outside!
  • This recipe makes a small batch of four legs, but it can be easily doubled if needed.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredient quantities for homemade chicken legs are located in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Chicken legs (drumsticks)
  • Olive oil
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Baking powder

Air Fryer Needed for This Recipe

To make this recipe, you will need an air fryer of your choosing. While there are a wide variety of air fryers out there, I personally use the Ninja Foodi because it has twelve different cooking functions, including an air fryer and an electric pressure cooker (I replaced my Instant Pot!).

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How to Make Air Fryer Drumsticks {Quick Overview}

This is just a quick overview of some of the steps involved in making the low carb drumsticks. For the recipe in detail, including exact measurements used at each step, scroll to the recipe card at the end of the post.

If your air fryer has a preheat function, preheat to 400 F.

In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients.

small bowl with blue edge filled with spices

Place chicken legs (drumsticks) on a clean plate. Pat them dry, then coat them evenly with olive oil.

chicken thighs on a baking sheet

Sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly onto the chicken legs and rub in to coat evenly.

chicken thighs coated with seasoning on a baking sheet

Place the chicken legs into the basket of the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes.

chicken thighs in a basket of an air fryer

Use tongs to flip the chicken legs over and cook for an additional 6-10 minutes until the outside is browned and crispy.

Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature to ensure a temperature of at least 175 F.

TIP: The chicken is technically “done” at 175 F, but some prefer to heat to 185-195 F for the best taste. If needed, cook for an additional 2-5 minutes.

cooked air fryer chicken legs inside an air fryer basket

Serve warm and enjoy!


What is the difference between chicken legs and drumsticks?

The terms “chicken leg” and “drumstick” are often used interchangeably to refer to the smaller, calf portion of the chicken.

While the term “chicken leg” is extremely common, it’s not technically correct. The “chicken leg” is actually both the calf (drumstick) and the top part of the leg (thigh).

I personally call them drumsticks, but I know a lot of people call them chicken legs, so I’ve included both terms in this recipe. 🙂

More Keto Chicken Recipes

Each of these recipes are low carb family meals that are also keto-friendly.

Nutrition Facts for This Easy Keto Chicken Recipe

Per chicken leg (4 total):

  • 157 calories
  • 11g fat
  • 14g protein
  • 1.7g net carbs
three air fryer drumsticks on a white plate

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three air fryer chicken legs on parchment paper

Air Fryer Chicken Legs (Drumsticks)

These Air Fryer Chicken Legs (Drumsticks) are packed with flavor and the perfect addition to your dinner table!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: air fryer chicken drumsticks, air fryer chicken legs, keto chicken recipe, low carb chicken recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 157kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • If an option on your air fryer, preheat air fryer to 400 F.
  • In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  • Place chicken legs (drumsticks) on a clean plate. Pat them dry, then coat them evenly with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly onto the chicken legs and rub in to coat evenly.
  • Place the chicken legs into the basket of the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Use tongs to flip the chicken legs over and cook for an additional 6-10 minutes until the outside is browned and crispy.
  • Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature to ensure a temperature of at least 175 F. (The chicken is technically “done” at this point, but some prefer to heat to 185-195 F for the best taste.) If needed, cook for an additional 2-5 minutes.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Legs (Drumsticks)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.04g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 372mg16%
Potassium 344mg10%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 286IU6%
Vitamin C 0.03mg0%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer



Nutrition facts are included as a courtesy only. They are accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the ingredients and brands used, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. If applicable, sugar alcohols have already been removed from the total carb count.

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