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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Leg Recipe

The whole family will enjoy this Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Leg Recipe for a quick and easy dinner. It only takes 2 minutes to prepare before you start cooking in your air fryer.6
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 24 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 321 kcal



  • Blot any excess moisture from the chicken legs with a paper towel. When you pat chicken dry, it helps the olive oil and seasonings adhere.
  • In a large-size bowl, mix up the seasoning mix. Add olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Stir until the seasoning and oil are blended well.
  • Add the drumsticks, tossing or string until the meat is evenly coated.
  • Place coated chicken legs in a single layer into your air fryer basket. Place chicken, so there is a bit of space between each leg. This will help the hot air rotate properly around the meat.
  • Cook at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Open your air fryer and carefully flip the legs over. Return the basket to your air fryer and cook for another 12 minutes. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Farinhight. It's easy to check the temperature with a meat thermometer.


⭐ Note: cooking time may vary slightly depending on the make and model of your air fryer. To ensure tender meat, be careful not to overcook.
I like to use an instant read digital meat thermometer with probe.

 Sauce ideas

These drumsticks are delicious right out of the air fryer. However, this is a basic recipe that can be changed up by tossing them in a sauce after they are cooked. As soon as they are done cooking, toss them in a large bowl with one of these sauce ideas.


Serving: 1gCalories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 21gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 303mgPotassium: 279mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 227IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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