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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

You won’t believe these crunchy and juicy fried chicken drumsticks came out of the air fryer.

Serves 4
Ready in 30 mins
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 25 mins
751 calories per serving


> 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
> 2 tbsp paprika, divided
> 2 tbsp garlic powder divided
> 8 chicken drumsticks
> 2 cups all purpose flour
> Cooking spray


To a large resealable bag, add the buttermilk, 1 tbsp paprika, and 1 tbsp garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper. Shake and massage to combine. Add the drumsticks to buttermilk mixture and massage to coat thoroughly. Refrigerate chicken to marinate at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
Set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine the flour, remaining 1 tbsp paprika and 1 tbsp garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper.
Remove drumsticks from buttermilk mixture and shake off excess. Dredge drumsticks well in flour mixture. Transfer coated drumsticks to wire rack and let rest 5 min.
Preheat air fryer to 350°F. Coat the air fryer basket with the cooking spray. Arrange drumsticks in a single layer. Coat chicken well with cooking spray. Cook 23–25 min., flipping halfway through and coating chicken again with cooking spray, until internal temperature reads 165°F on an instant-read thermometer and coating is brown and crispy.


If needed, coat and fry the drumsticks in batches to avoid overcrowding your air fryer.

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