Try these Air Fryer Chicken Legs for a healthier alternative to fried chicken. They are crispy, crunchy and oh so delicious, without all the hassle of traditional frying. This is a delicious meal that both kids and adults can agree on.
The Whole Family Will Love These Air Fryer Chicken Legs!
If you follow me on Facebook, then you know that an Air Fryer was on the top of my Christmas list for 2017. I was talking about it so much that hubby bought me one a couple of weeks before Christmas.
(I think he was tired of hearing me drop not-too-subtle hints about it.)
In the years since then, I've become more than a little obsessed. I even wrote a cookbook.
It is such a great way to create easy weeknight meals, like these Air Fryer Chicken Legs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Air Fryers:
An air fryer is essentially a countertop convection oven. Most models are compact cylinders with perforated baskets that suspend the food in the chamber. There is a fast heating electric coil above the basket.
Hot air is circulated around the food by a fan for faster and more even cooking.
While you don't need to use a lot of oil, most foods do best with a thin layer of oil. With this, you can expect your results to come close to the crispiness of fried foods.
The intense hot air is perfect for not only frying foods, but also roasting and grilling. I have even used it successfully for baking.
No! If you stack chicken in the air fryer, it will not crisp-up.
Yes - I recommend flipping your chicken for best results.
Air Fryer Benefits
- It is easy! You are going to love the ease of air fryer cooking. Except for the occasional flip, food can mostly be left alone. The temperatures are well regulated, and many models have an automatic shut off when the cooking time is done. No more babysitting oil to ensure it maintains the proper temperature or standing over a hot stove.
- It is fast. Thanks to the convection fans, foods cook in less time than they do in the oven. Generally speaking, you can reduce the total cooking time by about 20% to 25%.
- Clean-up is a breeze. If you like easy cleanup, your air fryer will become your new best friend. You can say goodbye to oil spattered all over the kitchen, as well as having pots and pans strewn everywhere. And bonus: most air fryers have baskets that are dishwasher safe.
Recommended Equipment to Make This Recipe
- Mixing Bowl
- Air Fryer (I have had MANY air fryers and this is my favorite.)
- Breading Trays
- Oil Mister
- Instant Read Thermometer
Oven Baked Chicken Legs
- Don't have an air fryer? Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 1 hour, flipping after 30 minutes
Tips & Tricks
- Air fryers vary in their intensity, so take the recommended time as a guideline. I recommend using an instant-read thermometer. The chicken drumsticks should reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.
- For crispy chicken, make sure that you don't overcrowd it! This means cooking in batches if necessary.
- Don't skip patting the chicken dry when you remove it from the brine. Excess moisture can prevent the chicken from crisping up.
Variations for Air Fryer Fried Chicken Legs
- In place of the pickle brine, try this Rosemary Buttermilk Brine. Proceed with the rest of the recipe as normal.
- For an extra kick, add in ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper to the seasonings.
- Add ½ cup grated parmesan to the flour mixture.
If You Like These Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks You May Also Like:
- Smokey Chicken with Avocado Sauce
- Turmeric Chicken & Quinoa
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa
- Chicken & Bean Tostadas with Smokey Lime Sauce
- Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe
Air Fryer Chicken Legs
- Air Fryer
- Place the pickle brine in a bowl and add the drumsticks. Allow to marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 degrees.
- Remove the chicken from the pickle brine and pat dry.
- In a small bowl combine the baking powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and dried rosemary. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (I used 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper.)
- Coat the chicken with the oil and then with the seasoning mixture.
- Cook in a single layer for 10 minutes. Flip and cook for another 8 to 12 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165° F. (Keep in mind that air fryers vary greatly, so use an instant read thermometer to make sure your chicken is done.)