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air fryer chicken legs

Air Fryer Chicken Legs

These Air Fryer Chicken Legs are seriously the best chicken legs you will ever have! Seasoned to perfection, they come out perfectly juicy with crispy golden skin. As an added bonus, they are naturally compatible with a Whole30, Paleo and Keto diet and work as a great protein option for those following the 2B Mindset program.
5 from 33 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 drumsticks
Calories 225 kcal


  • Air fryer
  • Paper towel
  • Ziplock freezer bag (optional)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small bowl


  • 4 large chicken legs (drumsticks), about 1.5 lb
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • pinch cayenne optional
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat air fryer at 400 degrees F for 2-5 minutes while prepping the chicken.
    In a small bowl combine salt, pepper and remaining spices. Mix to combine and set aside.
    Take the chicken legs out of the fridge and pat dry with paper towels. Place the chicken legs in a large ziplock bag and pour in 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. Massage the bag so that the olive oil coats the chicken.
    Add the spice mixture to chicken in the bag and shake and massage until the chicken legs are evenly coated in the spices.
    Spray the basket of the preheated air fryer with a little olive oil (optional) and then place the chicken legs in the basket. *Do not overcrowd.*
    Cook in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Then flip the chicken legs and continue to cook at 400 degrees F for an additional 10 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
    Remove from the air fryer and rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Serving: 1drumstickCalories: 225kcalProtein: 22gFat: 15.1gSaturated Fat: 3.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.7gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 385.8mgPotassium: 0.1mg
Keyword 2B Mindset, air fryer, Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Keto, Low-carb, Paleo, Soy Free, Whole30
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