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Easy Air Fryer BBQ Drumsticks

 Today I’ve got some awesome Air Fryer Drumsticks that you can have on the dinner table in no time! Made with super simple ingredients, this recipe is great for a weeknight meal!

Can you make chicken drumsticks in the air fryer?

Yes, you can make chicken drumsticks in an air fryer. To do so, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the drumsticks with a light coating of oil and season them generously with salt and pepper.

Place the drumsticks in the basket of your air fryer, making sure that they are not overlapping. Cook for 15 minutes, then flip the drumsticks and cook them for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Serve with BBQ sauce!easy air fryer chicken drumsticks

What are some fun variations to air fryer chicken drumsticks?

Try experimenting with different spices and seasonings when air frying chicken drumsticks. Some fun variations include jerk seasoning, garlic-herb seasoning, paprika, chili powder or a combination of your favorite spices.

You can also make honey-garlic drumsticks, by brushing them with a mixture of melted butter, honey and minced garlic before air frying. If you’re feeling adventurous, try air frying the drumsticks with a sticky glaze of honey, soy sauce and sesame oil. The possibilities are endless!easy air fryer chicken drumsticks

What do you serve these air fryer chicken drumsticks with?

The options are endless! Try serving them with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, a side salad or your favorite grain.

If you’re feeling creative, try baking some sweet potato wedges in the air fryer for a delicious and nutritious accompaniment to the chicken drumsticks. You can also serve these drumsticks with creamy dips such as ranch dressing or honey-mustard. easy air fryer chicken drumsticks

What are some helpful tips for making air fryer drumsticks?

When prepping the drumsticks, make sure that they are completely dry before you season them with oil and spices. This will help ensure that the coating sticks to the chicken instead of staying in the basket of your air fryer.

Additionally, try not to overcrowd the basket as this can cause the drumsticks to steam rather than crisp up nicely. It’s also important to keep an eye on the drumsticks during cooking, as air fryers can cook quickly and you don’t want them to burn.

Finally, make sure that the drumsticks are cooked through (by making sure the temperature is at least 165F) before serving, as raw chicken can cause food poisoning.easy air fryer chicken drumsticks

What ingredients do you need to make these air fryer bbq chicken drumsticks?

  • 6 Drumsticks 
  • BBQ Sauce 
  • 1 Stick Butter (Melted)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

What are some other great chicken recipes to make in the air fryer?

When it comes to food that comforts the soul, Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks ranks pretty high on my list. Way back when I would have told you that fried was my cooking method of choice but these days I enjoy a lot of old favorites in my Air Fryer, which is much healthier and every bit as delicious.easy air fryer chicken drumsticks

No matter which cooking method you use, be it the oven, oil, etc. there’s just no resisting the call of tangy barbecue sauce slathered on a tender chicken drumstick. My family simply can’t resist, plus it’s super fast!

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks Easy Weeknight Recipe

With my recipe for Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks, not only can you indulge without guilt, but if you’re a busy mama like me then you’ll be thrilled to know that in addition to being delicious this recipe also cooks up in 40 minutes.

What can you serve on the side?

Some great side dishes to serve with air fryer chicken recipes include roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, couscous, quinoa, sweet potato wedges or a salad. You can also whip up some quick and easy dips such as ranch dressing or honey-mustard to add an extra flavor kick.easy air fryer chicken drumsticks

Other great chicken recipes to make in the air fryer include crispy chicken tenders, buffalo wings, honey-garlic chicken, and teriyaki chicken. 

What are some tips for getting that golden-brown color on your cooked chicken?

To get a beautiful golden-brown color on your cooked chicken, try preheating your air fryer before adding the chicken. This will help ensure that the heat penetrates quickly and evenly, leading to a golden-brown crust.

You can also try brushing the chicken with oil or melted butter before air frying. This will create a nice glaze on your cooked chicken and help it to brown nicely. For an extra flavor kick, you can brush the chicken with a mixture of melted butter and your favorite seasonings such as garlic-herb, paprika or chili powder.easy air fryer chicken drumsticks

If you’ve found yourself with a hankering for some finger licking good barbecue that won’t leave you feeling like you’ve overindulged and that cooks up quick, then you’ve got to give this recipe a try.

I promise, it won’t disappoint and it’ll satisfy that comfort food craving you’ve been looking to feed, without having to drive all over and be disappointed that your favorite chicken eatery is closed.

easy air fryer chicken drumsticks
Yield: 6 drumsticks

Easy Air Fryer Drumsticks

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A super easy air fryer drumsticks recipe that the family will love!


  • 6 Drumsticks
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Stick Butter (Melted)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Make sure drumsticks are as dry as can be by patting them down with a towel.
  2. Coat each drumstick in butter.
  3. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  4. Place drumsticks on air fryer basket without overcrowding. 
  5. Cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from air fryer and coat drumsticks in bbq sauce.
  7. Place back in air fryer for another 10 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle parsley for garnish and enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 313Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 156mgSodium 365mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 22g

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