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?!
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!
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”.
Simple No Fuss Air Fryer Drumsticks
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- 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.