This Air Fryer Drumsticks recipe is so simple to make, you’ll have plenty of extra time to enjoy with your family!

Economical and healthy chicken drumsticks go from the air fryer to the table in just minutes, with minimal mess! Party and picnic-perfect, fried chicken is a classic that is always a hit. You’ll definitely want to cook up an extra batch!

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Air Fryer Drumsticks

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Healthy Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken is a low carb lover’s dream! We love this recipe for air fried, healthy chicken drumsticks! They come out tender and juicy and with the perfect crispy coating on the outside! Even better, all you need is a zippered bag for the mixing! No fuss, no muss!


Keep it keto with these tasty seasonings and sauces!

  • Add some bbq or buffalo sauce to the mixing bag or some pre-made keto taco seasoning for a whole new flavor profile!
  • We also like a honey garlic seasoning, just crush some garlic and mix with honey to drizzle on top!
  • Thai sauce can be made with soy sauce, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes.
  • For a breaded version, instead of using carb-heavy panko crumbs, crush some pork rinds and roll each drumstick in the coating, pressing the crumbs into the meat. Cook as directed.

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How to Cook Chicken Drumsticks in Air Fryer

Air fryer drumsticks are as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Toss the chicken with the oil and seasonings. PRO TIP: Place chicken, oil and seasonings in a zippered bag and shake to coat.
  2. Place chicken in the prepared air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn chicken drumsticks over and cook another 10 minutes. Serve hot.

In the Oven:

Bake seasoned drumsticks in an oven heated to 425° F for 40 minutes, turning after 20 minutes. And make clean up a breeze by lining the baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. So simple – clean done in a snap!

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What to Serve Air Fryer Drumsticks With

Since the air fryer is already preheated, use it for your side dishes! Try these Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts or Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms for guilt free sides you will love. Complete your meal with a crispy Keto Caesar Salad or a Zucchini Pasta Salad.

Recipe Tips

  • Select chicken drumsticks that are similar in size so they cook at the same rate.
  • Pat the chicken with a paper towel so the seasonings (and optional coating) can adhere.
  • Keep the pieces spaced evenly in the fryer basket. This allows the air to circulate around the pieces for perfectly crispy chicken drumsticks every time.

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Air Fryer Drumsticks

This Air Fryer Drumsticks recipe is an economical, yet super tasty way to feed a hungry crew. Not just for dinner, they're a perfect treat for game day too!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly



  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 400˚F.
  • Add the chicken drumsticks to a sealable plastic baggie. Add the olive oil and seasonings to the plastic bag and seal without removing any excess air.
  • Toss the drumsticks in the bag to coat evenly with olive oil and seasonings.
  • Prepare the basket of the Air fryer with a liner or olive oil spray. Add the chicken drumsticks in a single layer, careful to not overlap. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the drumsticks in the basket and cook for an additional 10 minutes, for a total of 20 minutes cook time. Serve.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 2drumsticks | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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At Easy Low Carb® we believe that every meal should be full of big bold flavor! From amazing main dishes and simple sides to the best party snacks, reducing carbs doesn’t mean giving up your favorites!
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