Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe – incredibly easy to make in the air fryer! Chicken drumsticks marinated in Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. SO tender and juicy. Add extra hot sauce to cooked chicken if you like it really spicy. You will never cook chicken drumsticks any other way! Seriously the BEST!

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Easy Air Fryer Chicken Drumstick Recipe

I am obsessed with my air fryer and use it several times a week. I am always testing out ways to cook our favorite foods in the air fryer. These Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Drumsticks are a new favorite! SO easy and they tasted incredible. Super tender and juicy. It is definitely my new favorite way to cook chicken drumsticks. We ate these for dinner and leftovers for lunch during the week. YUM! They taste great warm or cold out of the fridge. Give this a try the next time you need an easy dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy!

What is an air fryer? 

An air fryer is basically a countertop convection oven. It circulates hot air around the food for faster cooking. The rapidly circulating air makes the food crispy, much like deep frying but without the need for oil. You also don’t need to preheat the air fryer, making cooking in the air fryer much faster than cooking in the oven. 

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How to Cook Chicken Legs in the Air Fryer

These chicken legs are super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Marinate the raw chicken in a mixture of Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Refrigerate a few hours to overnight. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry with a paper towel. Place chicken legs in a single layer in the air fryer basket. The chicken is going to cook at two different temperatures. Start cooking the chicken at a higher temperature for or 20 minutes. Shake the basket and reduce the temperature and continue cooking until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 170ºF.

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Air Fryer do you recommend?  I have the Philips XXL Air Fryer and the Philips XL Air Fryer. I love them both, but I definitely recommend the Philips XXL Air FryerIt is larger and can cook an entire meal at once.
    • The basket in the Philips XL Air Fryer measures 7.5×7.5×3-inches
    • The basket in the Philips XXL Air Fryer measures 9x9x3-inches
  • Place the chicken in a single layer in the bottom of the air fryer basket.
    • Do not crowd the basket. Crowding won’t allow the air to circulate around the chicken and you won’t get that yummy crispy skin.
    • If you have a smaller air fryer, you will need to cook the chicken in batches.
  • The cooking time may vary depending on the size and model of air fryer. Use an instant read thermometer to check the chicken legs for an internal temperature of 170ºF.
  • I like to let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator overnight. If you don’t plan ahead, just marinate the chicken as long as you can. I would say a couple of hours would be fine. 
  • Are the chicken legs spicy? Despite being marinated in hot sauce, these chicken drumsticks aren’t really spicy. If you want to crank up the heat, toss the cooked chicken in more hot sauce. YUM!! I am a spicy food person, so the more hot sauce the better!
  • You can season the chicken with any seasoning blend that you prefer. Garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, black pepper, dry ground mustard, chili powder – anything goes! Get creative with different seasonings.
  • Feel free to brush the cooked chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Crispy Chicken Legs

This is hands down the easiest way to cook chicken legs. I will never cook chicken legs any other way. One of my favorite things about these juicy chicken drumsticks is there is no breading. This chicken was a huge hit in our house. We have them on the menu for our 4th of July celebration. You can’t beat an easy and delicious main dish! We like to serve these drumsticks with some rice and green beans. They also go great with pasta salad and baked beans. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy recipe:

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Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe – incredibly easy to make in the air fryer! Chicken drumsticks marinated in Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. SO tender and juicy. Add extra hot sauce to cooked chicken if you like it really spicy. You will never cook chicken drumsticks any other way! Seriously the BEST! #airfryer #chicken #drumsticks #chickendrumsticks

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Italian dressing
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup hot sauce
  • 12 chicken drumsticks

Instructions:

  • Combine Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
  • Place chicken in a ziplock bag. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag and toss to coat. Refrigerate a few hours to overnight.
  • Remove chicken from the marinade. Discard marinade.
  • Place chicken in the basket of the air fryer. Cook at 400ºF for 20 minutes. Shake basket. Reduce heat to 325ºF and cook an additional 15 minutes.

Notes:

If you want spicier chicken, toss cooked chicken in additional hot sauce.
I use Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or Crystal Hot Sauce.
I cooked the chicken in a Philips XXL Air Fryer – https://amzn.to/2PF4nA6

Steph

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  1. I made these for my family tonight, and they loved them!! I marinated the chicken for 24 hours and I think that helped give them more of an intense flavor. They smelled so good cooking in the airfryer, and the skin was so crispy and awesome!!

  2. I know you said you would never make drumsticks any other way but this recipe looks so delicious and we are grilling out tonight. I just have to make them on the grill. Thank you for all that you do. You have amazingly wonderful recipes and I will make these in the air fryer when the weather gets lousy but living in Wisconsin our sunny, warm season is very short!!

  3. This might be a dumb question…What do I look for at the store when you say “drumsticks?” These look so small piled into the air fryer.
    Thanks.

  4. This looks amazing- I shared it with multiple people already who love wings – I'm definitely making these!

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