Air-Fryer Drumsticks

These simple air-fryer drumsticks are sweet and savory with a subtly smoky flavor from smoked paprika. Lime zest adds bright flavor. These drumsticks pair well with just about anything, from a simple green salad to roasted sweet potatoes.

Air Fryer Drumsticks
Photo: Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 chicken drumsticks (about 1 1/2 lbs. total)

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Transfer to a medium bowl. Drizzle the chicken evenly with oil and toss to coat. Add brown sugar and toss to coat. Combine paprika, lime zest, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the chicken; toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat air fryer to 375℉ for about 5 minutes. Lightly coat the air-fryer basket with cooking spray.

  3. Arrange the chicken, skin-side down, in a single layer in the basket; cook for 10 minutes. Flip and cook until the skin is crispy and a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion registers 165℉, 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

169 Calories
7g Fat
5g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 169
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 20g 40%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Vitamin A 623IU 12%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Vitamin K 3mcg 3%
Sodium 406mg 18%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 243mg 5%
Zinc 2mg 18%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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