"Always start out with a larger pot than
what you think you need."
— Julia Child

Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Elaine Sutton
• Wednesday, 21 October, 2020
• 8 min read

Enjoy them as a hearty snack, appetizer, or main dish. They’re a perfect finger food, with a built-in handle, ready to dip into your favorite sauce.

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Drumsticks are a good source of protein and are a perfect choice for those of you following low-carb, veto, or Whole30 plans. You’ll love how easy it is to make them in your airfryer, and they turn out so good: juicy with a nice crisp exterior.

To add flavor, sprinkle your favorite seasoning mix on the drumsticks before cooking. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 °F, and juices should run clear when pierced with a fork.

Barbecue rub : a homemade blend of dark brown sugar, salt, pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, celery seed, and cayenne pepper. Buffalo drumsticks : Toss the drumsticks with your favorite hot sauce and serve with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

Store leftover airfryerchicken legs in the fridge for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for a couple of months. I love using my air fryer for crispy “fried” food, without the extra added calories of oil.

Toss drumsticks with oil and then sprinkle and rub with spices. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

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RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

It cooks your food quickly and evenly, using its heating mechanism which circulates hot air into the fryer -style basket. It is very similar to using a mini convection oven, but the main difference between the two is that an air fryer only has its heating element on its top side and has a large fan to go along with it.

As a result of using less oil, the food even tastes better because it is no longer coated in a layer of grease. It’s also crispier and juicier than it would’ve been in a deep fryer as the food absorbs less oil.

It’s also a safer option as compared to a deep fryer because you don’t face the safety risk of burning yourself with a large container full of hot oil. Furthermore, you don’t have to waste time scrubbing grease covered containers as most parts of an air fryer are dishwasher safe and relatively easier to clean.

Add all the spices and herbs into the bowl and evenly coat the drumsticks. Do not forget to preheat your air fryer : many people overlook this step but it can actually help reduce your cooking time.

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Don’t overcrowd: give your food enough space so that the heat can circulate easily otherwise it might leave your drumsticks under cooked in some parts. Greasing the basket also makes it easier to clean because you don’t have to scrub the food remains off of it.

Keep it dry: pat down your drumsticks with a paper towel before placing them in the basket to avoid splattering. With an air fryer you don’t face the problem of greasy utensils and oil splatters on everything around it as the cooking is enclosed.

The only thing you have to wash is the basket and the tray underneath it, both of which can easily be put into a dishwasher. Remove all its components and clean the inside with hot water and a cloth or sponge.

Any food stuck to the heating element on top of the basket can be cleaned with a dry brush. Do not use an abrasive sponge to clean the utensils as this will damage its nonstick layer.

Instead, use a soft sponge or soak them in water as directed above to soften the remains. When you’re cleaning the inside make sure the cloth you’re using is damp and not dripping wet.

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The heating element and fan shouldn’t be cleaned with water, otherwise you will run the risk of ruining it. The brush you used to scrub off the remains needs to be clean and dry to avoid causing damage.

If you want to avoid your basket from getting too greasy, you can place a small piece of aluminum foil or baking paper under your food. However, you need to be careful with it because if it covers the entire tray it will prevent air from circulating properly.

Besides cleaning regularly, your air fryer requires some basic maintenance to make sure it functions smoothly. An uneven surface can result in the air fryer losing balance and falling, potentially causing damage to the machine.

Make sure the air fryer isn’t put too close to other appliances and objects. Making drumsticks in an air fryer is an extremely easy and time efficient task.

Not gonna lie, I love fried chicken. I was looking for a way to make chicken super crispy without having to sacrifice a lot of flavor or texture.

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After doing some research online and looking at various recipes, I noticed a lot of them used baking powder. The measurements of the spices and baking powder don’t need to be exact.

If you use less or more drumsticks, more they are on the larger size, just adjust the amount of seasoning. The second time making it, I actually didn’t measure any of the spices & baking powder at all.

Pat drumsticks with paper towel to remove some moisture. This is so the baking powder can absorb some moisture on the chicken and will help get the outside super crispy.

Once chicken is ready to go in, lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil. A slight overlap is ok. Lightly mist the chicken with cooking spray.

This air fryer chicken leg recipe can be accomplished in under 30 minutes from start to finish. You only need a few simple ingredients to pull this dish off AND you can swap out seasonings to whatever you fancy or with whatever you have in your pantry.

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That means that you eat a delicious meal and you also skip the dish cleaning! They pop out of that air fryer hot and ready with no desire to be coated in anything except for the marinade they are placed in quickly beforehand.

Without the breading, these chicken legs carry a much lower calorie, carb, and fat count. This recipe is also a lot easier and quicker because we don’t have to worry about breading.

This post may contain affiliate links to items I use in my recipes. I highly recommend you check out AMORC’s selection of air fryers.

You will also need to cook the chicken legs in the air fryer for a longer amount of time. The larger they are and the more frozen that they still are, the closer to an extra 10 minutes of air fryer time will be needed.

And please remember, the additional minutes added on to the frying time should be divided in half…. Half added to the original 13 minutes of air frying, flip your drumsticks, and the additional half added to the second 13 minutes of cook time.

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Take legs out of the fryer and allow cooling for 1-2 minutes before devouring! Make sure to really rub the marinade into the chicken legs before air frying.

You will see it again when your taste buds meet their first bite of air fried chicken legs! You can store leftover cooked chicken legs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.

I highly recommend cutting the meat off of the bone before storing it in the fridge. I would also highly recommend waiting to store the leftover meat until it cools down to room temperature.

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