Easy, Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Ready for an easy and healthy air fryer recipe? These crispy air fryer drumsticks are made with fresh drumsticks and a simple blend of seasonings. They require just 5 minutes of prep and in total you’ll be enjoying crispy skin and juicy chicken in 30 minutes.

Air fryer chicken drumsticks on a plate with chives sprinkled on top

Ingredients for air fryer chicken legs

It will just take a handful of simple ingredients to make these crispy chicken drumsticks. Here is what you’ll need.

  • Chicken drumsticks – fresh, not frozen
  • Avocado oil – or another cooking oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and pepper
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How to make air fried chicken drumsticks

It’s super easy! Follow these steps, and you’ll have crispy, delicious drumsticks ready in 30 minutes!

  • Preheat your air fryer if yours does
  • Mix the seasonings in a small bowl
  • Coat the drumsticks with avocado oil
  • Rub seasoning all over drumsticks
  • Place drumsticks in air fryer so they are in an even layer
  • Cook for 10 minutes
  • Flip and cook for another 10-15 minutes until chicken reaches 165° internally
Overhead image of three crispy, air fried chicken drumsticks on marble in a vertical line with ranch drizzled on top.

What to serve air fryer drumsticks with

You’re probably wondering what side dish to serve with these drumsticks. Here are a few of our favorites.

Or, simply cut up and roast any veggies you have on hand!

Angled image of chicken drumsticks in a line on marble with ranch drizzled on top.

Healthy Keto, low carb chicken drumsticks

If you’re following the Keto diet or trying to eat low carb with more healthy fats, these air fryer chicken drumsticks are for you! Drumsticks are the perfect Keto protein, as the dark meat has more fat than other parts of the chicken. 

In addition, the fat helps to keep the chicken from drying out. You get perfectly crispy chicken skin with tender and juicy meat!

Overhead image of five chicken drumsticks in a line on marble with ranch drizzled on top.

Your turn to try these air fryer chicken drumsticks

If you’ve been craving crispy chicken skin and just got a new air fryer, these chicken drumsticks are the perfect way to use your new air fryer! And if you’re a seasoned air fryer user, you’ll love these crispy chicken drumsticks, too!

Leave a comment below to let us know how it goes. And take a pic to share on Instagram. Tag us @realsimplegood, so we can check it out! We love to see what you’re making.


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Air fryer chicken drumsticks on a plate with chives sprinkled on top

Easy, Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Erica Winn
These crispy air fryer drumsticks are made with fresh drumsticks and a simple blend of seasonings. Crispy skin and tender, juicy chicken!
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks (6-8 drumsticks)
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions 

  • Preheat air fryer to 400° if required.
  • Mix the salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder together in a small bowl.
  • Lightly coat the chicken drumsticks with oil. Rub the seasoning mix all over the chicken to coat.
  • Place drumsticks in air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Flip and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until chicken reaches 165° internally.
  • Once done, serve and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition details are per serving and an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fiber: 1g
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