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., October 2022


Credit: Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe Summary

10 mins
35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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. 

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

  • 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

1 drumstick
169 calories; protein 20g; carbohydrates 5g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 3g; added sugar 3g; fat 7g; saturated fat 1g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 1g; cholesterol 88mg; vitamin a iu 623IU; vitamin b3 niacin 5mg; vitamin b12 1mcg; vitamin c 1mg; vitamin d iu 1IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 5mg; vitamin k 3mg; sodium 406mg; calcium 18mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 22mg; phosphorus 176mg; potassium 243mg; zinc 2mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 9mg; selenium 22mcg.