Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken is a quick and easy dinner idea! Budget friendly and family friendly! Great with chicken legs or thighs. 

chicken legs coated in barbecue sauce in an air fryer basket.

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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken on a white background with fresh herbs on the side.

This recipe was photographed and updated 1/2024.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, air fryer chicken is the absolute best!

I just love the crispy skin and the inside of the chicken turns out so juicy. The air fryer is also such a timesaver. This chicken along with a side can be ready in about 25 minutes. So perfect for busy days when you want something homemade, but don't have a lot of time.

The chicken is great with just the seasoning, but the barbecue sauce is always a delicious option. Use whichever brand sauce is your favorite, or make some homemade if you have a favorite recipe.

If you're looking for some more great air fryer chicken recipes, you'll want to try this Air Fryer Whole Chicken or these Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings!

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cooked chicken in an air fryer basket before adding barbecue sauce.

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

Recipe tips:

  • We own a Ninja air fryer and these cook in about 22 minutes to the crispiness we love! Different air fryer brands may heat differently and drumstick sizes vary, so adjust the time or temperature accordingly, and use a meat thermometer to ensure the cooked temperature is 165 degrees F.

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken in an air fryer basket.
Yield 3 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
22 Min
Total time
32 Min

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken


  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380°F for about 5 minutes.
  2. Pat the chicken drumsticks dry with a paper towel.
  3. In a bowl, coat the chicken drumsticks with the olive oil, onion powder, paprika, salt, black pepper and oregano.
  4. Place the seasoned drumsticks in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space between each piece.
  5. Cook the chicken drumsticks in the air fryer at 380°F for 20-22 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F and the skin is crispy.
  6. Brush the drumsticks with the barbecue sauce, coating them evenly on all sides.
  7. Air fry for an additional 2 minutes to caramelize the BBQ sauce.

Nutrition Facts




23.81 g

Sat. Fat

5.03 g


20.43 g


0.84 g

Net carbs

19.6 g


15.92 g


27.18 g


1424.48 mg


139.31 mg

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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken in an air fryer basket.

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