Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks

The air fryer has become a popular kitchen appliance for its ability to cook food with little to no oil, making it a healthier alternative to deep frying. Chicken drumsticks are a classic favorite for their juicy and flavorful meat, but traditional deep frying can be messy and unhealthy. By using an air fryer, you can achieve the same crispy and seasoned skin without the added oil and calories. This method of cooking chicken drumsticks has become a go-to for many home cooks looking for a quick and easy meal.

Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: MainCuisine: American
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These juicy and flavorful chicken drumsticks are cooked to perfection in an air fryer. With a crispy and seasoned skin, these drumsticks are the perfect addition to any meal.


  • 6 chicken drumsticks

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • Cooking spray (optional)

  • Dipping sauce of your choice


  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.
  • In a small bowl, mix together 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
  • Rub the spice mixture onto 6 chicken drumsticks, making sure to coat all sides evenly.
  • Place the drumsticks in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space between each piece.
  • Cook the drumsticks for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Optional: For extra crispy skin, spray the drumsticks with cooking spray before cooking.
  • Serve the drumsticks hot with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!


  • Make sure to preheat your air fryer for best results.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the drumsticks in batches.
  • For a healthier option, use skinless chicken drumsticks.
  • You can also marinate the drumsticks in your favorite sauce for added flavor.

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