air-fried chicken legs

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes
Total Time: 35-40 minutes
Servings: 4
Intensity: Easy


  • 4 chicken legs (drumsticks)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: lemon wedges, chopped fresh herbs for garnish


  1. Preheat Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare Chicken Legs:
    • Pat the chicken legs dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
    • In a bowl, mix together olive oil or melted butter, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and pepper to create a marinade.
  3. Coat Chicken Legs:
    • Brush the marinade mixture evenly over the chicken legs, ensuring they are well coated on all sides.
  4. Air Fry Chicken Legs:
    • Place the coated chicken legs in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space between each piece for even cooking.
    • Air fry the chicken legs at 400°F (200°C) for 25-30 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking, until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside and cooked through on the inside. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (74°C).
  5. Check Doneness:
    • Check the doneness of the chicken legs by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. It should read 165°F (74°C) to ensure they are fully cooked.
  6. Serve: Once cooked, remove the air-fried chicken legs from the air fryer basket and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  7. Garnish and Enjoy:
    • Garnish the chicken legs with lemon wedges and chopped fresh herbs, if desired.
    • Serve the crispy and flavorful air-fried chicken legs hot as a main dish alongside your favorite sides.

Note: Cooking times may vary slightly depending on the size and thickness of the chicken legs and your air fryer model. Adjust cooking time accordingly for optimal results.

Enjoy your deliciously crispy and juicy air-fried chicken legs!

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