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Simple No Fuss Air Fryer Drumsticks

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Not only are air fryer drumsticks incredibly tasty, but these are very easy to make and have minimal clean up too!

After potato wedges, how to cook chicken drumsticks in the air fryer is the next most frequent air fryer topic I get asked about. But, they’re so tasty, so it honestly doesn’t surprise me! My recipe for Simple No Fuss Air Fryer Drumsticks is perfect for any time of year and any occasion… and did I mention, clean up is a breeze?!

air fryer chicken drumsticks on a plate

How to air fry drumsticks

Learning how to cook drumsticks in the air fryer is actually relatively simple. You approach it similar to other cooking methods. Season or marinate as you wish, and then you cook them. Except, what makes the air fryer so easy is there’s no monitoring a grill or checking the oven. You just pop them in there, flip them half way through, and then they’re done!

drumsticks in air fryer basket

How long to cook chicken drumsticks in the air fryer

The cook time on chicken drumsticks in the air fryer will vary slightly based on how large your drumsticks are. For most drumsticks, you will set your air fryer to 400 degrees and cook them for a total of 20-25 minutes. As I mentioned above, you just rub your chicken with your favorite seasonings before cooking, and flip the chicken halfway through cooking.

My simple air fryer chicken drumsticks recipe

This is the best way to do air fryer drumsticks in my opinion!

Most air fryers should be able to fit 4-5 drumsticks at a time. If you want to do more, I recommend cooking your drumsticks in two batches. 

You’ll need about 1 pound of drumsticks (4-5 as I mentioned.) Use the seasoning blend I list below and lightly pat the seasonings onto the outside of the drumsticks. I recommend leaving the skin on the drumsticks too. 

Then add the drumsticks to your air fryer and cook for 10 minutes on 400 degrees. Carefully remove the basket from the air fryer and flip the drumsticks. Then cook for another 10 minutes on 400 degrees. 

If you haven’t already and want to know how to cook other things in your air fryer,  download my FREE Air Fryer Basics Guide. And if you have more questions about air fryers, check out the blog post I did on “How to use an air fryer”.

drumsticks on a plate
drumsticks on plate
Not only are air fryer drumsticks incredibly tasty, but these are very easy to make and have minimal clean up too!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Keyword: air fryer, chicken drumsticks
Servings: 4
Carbohydrates: 0g


  • air fryer


  • 1 ½ lbs chicken drumsticks (4-5 drumsticks)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ Tbsp Italian seasoning


  • In a small bowl, combine the sea salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Mix to combine and set aside.
  • Line the basket of yur air fryer with aluminum foil.
  • Arrange your drumsticks on a plate and coat with the seasoning blend on all sides.
  • Place your drumsticks in the lined air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook on 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the basket form the air fryer and flip the drumsticks. Return the basket to the air fryer and cook for an additional 10 minutes on 400 degrees.


The nutrition facts presented here are estimates only. The brands you use and product types chosen can change the nutritional information presented. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients you use.


Serving: 1drumstick | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 210mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g
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