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Air Fryer Chicken Legs

These Air Fried Chicken Legs are a healthy way to enjoy Chicken Drumsticks. With minimal oil, this is a healthier alternative to the deep frier. (Oven baked alternative provided.)
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 213kcal
Author Wendy Polisi


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 cup pickle brine
  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder gluten free
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 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.)


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 449mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg