Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Juicy AirFryer Chicken Drumsticks – made with only 3 Tbsp butter but full of flavor and really easy to make. They’re tender and juicy inside and crispy on the outside. You have to try them!

These air fryer fried chicken thighs are crispy on the outside and so juicy and tender on the inside! They taste like real fried chicken but are made using a healthier method with much less fat. Perfect for every fried chicken lover who whats to eat a bit healthier without losing flavor!

My husband loves fried chicken, especially the one from a chain with three letters. You know what I mean! I love it too but since we’re trying to eat healthier I experimented a bit with our new AirFryer and came up with this delicious recipe.

Our AirFryer (we own this one) is one of the most used appliances in our kitchen! It gets hot much quicker than the oven and it makes fries taste so much better than making them in the oven. Just put the fries in the basket, shake it every 5 minutes or so and you get delicious crispy fries.

Making homemade fried chicken in an Air Fryer is super easy and quick:

Put chicken with buttermilk in a ziplock bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • Combine spices and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Dip chicken pieces in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Put the chicken pieces in a single layer in the air fryer (don’t overcrowd the basket) and fry for 20 minutes.
  • Brush with butter after 10 minutes.
  • Check for doneness and serve.

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 pieces
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Julia


  • 1 lbs chicken drumsticks (4-6 pieces)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (120ml)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (30g)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (60g)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp butter melted


  1. Place the chicken drumsticks with the skin on in a plastic bag and pour the buttermilk into the bag. Squeeze the air out and seal the bag. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes minimum up to several hours.
  2. In a shallow bowl combine the panko breadcrumbs, flour, baking powder, and spices.
  3. Preheat AirFryer to 390°F (200°C) (or don't preheat it and just fry the chicken 2 minutes longer).
  4. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, shake off excess buttermilk, and dredge the drumsticks in the seasoned flour mixture to coat on all sides.
  5. Put the chicken drumsticks in the Airfryer basket and air fry for 10 minutes. (The Airfryer might smoke a little bit during the first minute, don't worry this is normal)
  6. The pause the AirFryer and brush drumsticks with melted butter on both sides. Turn the chicken over, lower the temperature to 300°F (150°C) and air fry for 10 more minutes or until internal temperature reads 165°F (79°C).
  7. Remove from Airfryer and let the drumsticks rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Calories: 250kcal

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