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Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Legs Recipe

Christina Perez
• Monday, 02 November, 2020
• 17 min read

This is one of my favorite chicken drumstick recipes to make because they are so easy to cook but super delicious and require only 3 ingredients! Prep : Open your package of chicken legs and put them in a bowl.

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Arrange them in a single layer on your rack or basket in the air fryer. Juices should run clear, and they should register 165 degrees when using an instant read thermometer.

Sometimes I get extra large chicken legs and one might be enough for me but I also have a teenage boy that can eat a lot. It can't hurt to cook a few extra because the leftovers are always good served either hot or cold.

Spread the drumsticks out in a single layer on the racks in your air fryer. This is the easiest tool to use so that you don't burn yourself and the chicken gets flipped on the other side.

This chicken drumstick recipe is veto friendly and low-carb. After cooking, you can remove the skin to make them lower in fat.

You may be missing out on the crispy skin but will still have juicy chicken with fewer calories. Print Recipe These AirFryerChickenLegs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

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This chicken drumstick recipe is so easy to cook but super delicious and requires only 3 ingredients! Place the chicken on the racks or in the baskets and make sure they are in a single layer and spread out.

The chicken will be done when they are crispy on the outside and reach an internal temperature of 165 with an instant read thermometer. If you prefer more plain chicken, you can season with just salt and pepper too.

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.

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.

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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.

I really like the smoked paprika flavor on the drumsticks, but if it's not your favorite, leave it out. 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.

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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. Do not forget to preheat your air fryer : many people overlook this step but it can actually help reduce your cooking time.

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. If the components still remain greasy, you can place them in soapy water for about an hour.

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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.

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. It is very important to inspect all the components before every use, especially if you haven’t used your air fryer in some time.

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Making drumsticks in an air fryer is an extremely easy and time efficient task. You can pair your drumsticks with any dip sauce and sides such as potato wedges and coleslaw.

I love making recipes that use everyday ingredients which you probably already have in your pantry. For this recipe we use brown sugar, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder, ground mustard and a pinch of cayenne.

We mix all the ingredients together in a large zip top bag, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and 6 chicken legs. If you don’t have a quick read kitchen thermometer, I highly recommend one.

We don’t have to broil or grill, just let the air fryer and the ingredients from this recipe do all the work. Then use the air fry” setting at 380 degrees (F) for 18-20 minutes, turning the chicken legs halfway through the cooking time.

But always take a look and use that quick read thermometer to make sure it’s an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees (F). Just add your favorite BBQ sauce in the last 5 minutes of the cooking time.

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Print clock clock iconcutlerycutlery iconflagflag iconfolderfolder iconinstagraminstagram iconpinterestpinterest iconfacebookfacebook iconprintprint iconsquaressquares icon Tender and delicious chicken legs cooked to perfection in an air fryer.

In a large bowl, place chicken and enough water to cover. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt; let stand 15 minutes at room temperature.

Cook until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°-175°, 15-17 minutes, turning halfway through. Nutrition Facts 2 ounces cooked chicken : 180 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 711 mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein.

AirFryerChickenLegs are juicy, crispy and taste like fried chicken without all the extra oil. These chicken drumsticks make a wonderful dinner for a busy night.

For this recipe we are using a blend of paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Scroll down for full printable recipe, ingredients and video.

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Cook: Place drumsticks in air fryer basket. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel before coating them with oil and spices to help get nice, crisp skins.

Don’t put too many chicken legs in the air fryer. Be sure not to stack them because you want the hot air to be able to circulate around the food to achieve even cooking.

Use a digital thermometer to make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F. If you want to cook more than 8 drumsticks, double the amount of oil and spices.

If the internal temperature hasn’t reached 165 degrees F, add 2-5 minutes to cooking time. Place in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

You can also remove the meat from the bone and heat in the microwave. *** If you made this recipe, please feel free to leave a comment and star rating below.

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The high heat of the air fryer means I can make healthy and juicy chicken quickly and easily! The biggest advantage of using an air fryer for fried chicken is that it uses much less oil.

I’ve always felt deep fat frying is fine for restaurants, but not something I want to do at home. Compare the deep-fried chicken this recipe is less greasy and has a lighter coating of breading.

In the past I have made my fried chicken the way my mom did, by baking it in the oven. The buttermilk or sour milk helps tenderize the chicken and keep it juicy.

It is important to use a good amount of seasoning in the flour so your chicken isn’t bland. In most air fryers it is not a great idea to use the aerosol cooking spray that you can buy at the grocery store.

The chemicals in the oil can damage the nonstick finish that coats most air fryer baskets. So the easiest thing to do is buy a small, inexpensive mister bottle and add your own oil to it.

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This is a recipe with a bunch of steps, but it is very straight forward and easy to make! In a large bowl or pan mix together the buttermilk, eggs, salt and pepper.

Make sure the container is big enough to dip the chicken pieces into. Finally, dip the chicken piece back into the flour mixture.

Shake off an excess flour and place the chicken in the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd the basket and do not stack the chicken so that there is room for the air to circulate.

You will likely have to make a couple batch of chicken, depending on the size of your air fryer. Once you have filled your air fryer basket spray the chicken with oil.

Check the internal temperature of the chicken with an instant read thermometer. Making spicy Nashville fried chicken involves marinating the chicken in a buttermilk and hot sauce mixture and letting it air dry after dipping.

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This airfryerchicken is golden brown and crispy outside and nice and juicy on the inside. Because it is cooked with less oil it won’t stay crispy as long as deep-fried chicken.

I like to serve fried chicken with a side dish that I can make ahead of time, like blue cheese coleslaw or potato salad. If you have leftover chicken you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

It works best not to reheat this chicken in the air fryer, because the outer coating is likely to burn. If you want to eat the leftovers hot put the chicken a tray in the oven at 300 F for about 20 minutes.

2 pounds skin on chicken, legs and thighs 2 cups buttermilk 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper oil for spraying In a large bowl mix together the buttermilk, eggs, salt and pepper.

Spray the air fryer basket with a little of oil to prevent the chicken from sticking to the bottom. Do not stack the chicken and make sure there is room for the air to circulate.

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Test the temperature with an instant read thermometer and make sure it has reached 185 F for legs and thighs or 165 F for chicken breasts. Keep a close watch on the chicken the first time you make it and adjust as needed.

Use a mister spray bottle or brush the oil on the chicken. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside air fryer drumsticks cooked in just 25 minutes. Yes, you can air fry drumsticks into a delicious and crispy chicken without the need of breading.

The secret ingredient is baking soda that will dehydrate the skin and will result in similar crispiness of a deep-fried chicken. However, you’ll need to follow a few more steps to ensure the chicken will turn out delicious.

Now, read my recipe instructions as you’ll need to do extra steps to ensure even cooking. Just turn it on and it will blast hot air to your set temperature.

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A good fried chicken whether it is drumsticks, thighs, or breasts will have crispy and tasty coating or glaze on the outside while keeping the inside tender and juicy. Most people will skip this step, but I always marinate my chicken before cooking.

I brine my chicken with a simple salt and water mixture and soak it for several hours to overnight. There are many variations of coating you can use on a chicken, but I find that a simple few ingredients will do the trick.

This is why I prefer air frying drumsticks with no breading plus with the way I do it, it will turn out just as crispy ! Don’t eyeball and guess if the chicken is fully cooked inside.

Combine ingredients for brine and add the chicken drumsticks. Place chicken legs in the air fryer without overcrowding.

Also flip chicken halfway cooking time for even browning. In a hot pan, combine glaze ingredients and simmer for a 1 minute.

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You have that same crunchy battered coating that makes you weak in the knees. Straight from the Hairdryer and bursting with amazing flavor in every single bite.

I love fried chicken, but I also hate all the grease and oil used. I wanted to create a homemade Hairdryer Fried Chicken recipe that would eliminate the oil in the recipe.

I also love how the Hairdryer preheats so much faster, so I can have dinner on the table a lot quicker. Both machines will work great at air frying your chicken exactly how you want it to be.

You can make fries, stuffed Oreos, appetizers, and so much more in an Hairdryer. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time to the size of your chicken.

I recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken reaches the appropriate internal temperature. The reason being is the Hairdryer heats up and circulates hot air to cook and crisp up the chicken.

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If you have pieces of chicken touching it will stay gooey and uncooked. Straight from the Hairdryer and bursting with amazing flavor in every single bite.

Black pepper 2 cups of Pinko crumbs 4 eggs beaten Stir together pinko, cayenne pepper, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper, In a separate small bowl, beat your eggs until fully mixed.

Add chicken (two pieces at a time), to egg mixture and coat evenly on both sides. Air fry chicken on power level high or 380 for 25 minutes.

For thicker / larger chicken legs it may need 4-5 minutes longer. (make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees) Let chicken rest with top on or door closed for 1-2 minutes.

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