These quick and easy Air Fryer Chicken Legs are super tasty with wonderfully crisp skin and juicy, tender meat that practically falls off the bone! Since these air fried chicken drumsticks are so simply perfect, they have become a family favorite for effortless weeknight dinners!
2tbspolive oil(extra virgin or olive oil spray - for trays and chicken drumsticks)
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Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F (make sure to fully preheat, about 5 minutes) and lightly spray or coat your air fryer basket or trays with olive oil.
Pat the chicken dry and then either spray with olive oil spray or place the chicken legs into a small bowl and coat with olive oil.
8 chicken legs, 2 tbsp olive oil
Combine salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl or plastic bag.
1 tsp sea salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder
Sprinkle spices over the chicken and toss to coat evenly.
Place chicken legs in the air fryer basket or onto air fryer trays in a single layer with adequate spacing for even air circulation. Cook for 10 minutes, then turn the chicken and continue cooking another 10 minutes. An additional 5 minutes may be needed to reach 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) or your desired level of crispiness.
Check the internal temperature of the chicken legs by using a digital meat thermometer. The chicken must be a minimum of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), but I cook my chicken to 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Serve immediately when done.
Coat your chicken legs with barbeque sauce once they are done and nicely crispy. OR for a crusty bbq coating you can coat with BBQ sauce after 10 minutes of cooking, then every five minutes of the remaining cooking time. *This completely goes against my advice for best air fryer cooking tips #1 don't open the air fryer door any more than necessary.