Air Fryer Chicken Legs

Learn how to make the best Air Fryer Chicken Legs! Crispy, flavorful and so fast and easy to make. Uses simple spices, oil and chicken drumsticks!

Air Fryer Chicken Leg being moved with white tongs.

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Air Fryer Chicken Legs in a square air fryer basket.

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If you love your chicken crispy and flavorful, then you'll want to try these Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks!

I'm so obsessed with chicken cooked in the air fryer. I rarely make it any other way because I love how crispy it turns out. And, it's so fast to make! Win, win. 

The blend of seasonings in the recipe is wonderful. I love the touch of salty, garlic, onion and the flavors of the paprika, rosemary and black pepper. I always have tons of spices and seasonings on hand, so depending on my mood, I'll change it up and use something different. 

These chicken legs are great for dinner any night of the week and kids absolutely love them. If I have any leftover, I use it to make some chicken salad for sandwiches. 

If you love air fryer chicken, check out these Air Fryer Parmesan Pizza Wings, Air Fryer Whole Chicken or Air Fryer Buttery Lemon Pepper Wings!

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uncooked Air Fryer Chicken Legs in an air fryer basket.

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Recipe tips:

  • Wings or thighs can be used instead of drumsticks. The cooking time may need to be adjusted. 
  • Different air fryer brands may heat differently and drumstick sizes vary, so adjust the time or temperature accordingly and use a meat thermometer if you're unsure. 

Air Fryer Chicken Legs on a white platter.
Yield 4 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
30 Min
Total time
35 Min

Air Fryer Chicken Legs


  • 7-8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  2. Pat dry the chicken drumsticks using paper towels to remove any excess moisture. Place in a large bowl.
  3. To the bowl with the chicken, add salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, rosemary and olive oil. Toss with a tongs to evenly coat chicken.
  4. Place the seasoned chicken drumsticks in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving some space between them for even cooking.
  5. Cook the drumsticks in the air fryer for about 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (74°C) to ensure they are fully cooked.
  6. Once cooked, remove the drumsticks from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts




20.33 g

Sat. Fat

4.46 g


1.33 g


0.48 g

Net carbs

0.84 g


0.13 g


25.21 g


730.28 mg


130.6 mg

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Air Fryer Chicken Legs on a platter.

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  1. I love a crispy chicken and really appreciate that this recipe is baked. YUM!

    1. Me too! I don't really like frying chicken so this is a great substitution!

  2. My family's favorite "meat" is chicken. I swear, we could eat it in one form or another every single night and never get tired of it! I hate to admit, but I love crispy chicken skin! :) Pinned it! I wanted to also let you know that I nominated you for an award - well 2 actually! You can check it out on my blog, Love Bakes Good Cakes!

    1. Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

    2. LOL I LOVE crispy skin too!! Thanks for pinning and for the awards Jamie!!

  3. Thanks for linking up to our Foodie Friends Friday link party.
    I could eat chicken everyday.
    Dawn from @Spatulas On Parade

  4. Simply and yummy. That is my kind of recipe!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight!!

    Thanks, Nichi


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