Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks


Cooking chicken drumsticks in the air fryer is a fantastic way to achieve crispy, flavorful skin with tender, juicy meat inside. This method uses much less oil than traditional frying, making it a healthier option. Whether you’re preparing a family dinner or hosting a casual get-together, these air fryer chicken drumsticks are easy to make and sure to please everyone.


For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a spicy kick


  • Air fryer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tongs


Step 1: Prepare the Chicken

  1. Pat the drumsticks dry with paper towels. This helps to remove any excess moisture, ensuring the skin gets crispy.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the drumsticks with olive oil and all the spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, and cayenne pepper if using) until they are evenly coated.

Step 2: Cook the Drumsticks

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 380°F (193°C). Some models automatically preheat, while others do not; check your air fryer’s instructions.
  2. Arrange the drumsticks in the air fryer basket in a single layer. You might need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer to avoid overcrowding and ensure even cooking.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, flip the drumsticks using tongs and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C) when checked with a meat thermometer.
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Step 3: Serve

  1. Once cooked, let the drumsticks rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps the juices redistribute throughout the meat, keeping it moist and flavorful.
  2. Serve hot. These drumsticks are great on their own or with sides like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or a fresh salad.


Air fryer chicken drumsticks are not only delicious but also a healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken. They’re crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and packed with flavor. This quick and easy recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner or when you need a satisfying meal without a lot of fuss. Enjoy your tasty and crispy drumsticks fresh out of the air fryer!