Easy Air Fryer Drumsticks Recipe with BBQ Sauce

by Heather

Are you a fan of crispy, juicy drumsticks but don’t want to sacrifice your dietary goals? Look no further! Our Air Fryer Drumsticks Recipe with BBQ is a game-changer for anyone looking to indulge in their favorite finger food without the guilt. Thanks to air fryers, you can achieve that perfect crunch and flavor without deep-frying.

Chicken has always been the go-to staple in our home and for years, we made everything with chicken breasts. But recently, like most people, with grocery prices going up and our bank account going down, we have been looking for more affordable ways to feed our family of five. Enter drumsticks!

Grocery Shopping

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Chicken drumsticks have become a popular choice over chicken breasts in our chicken for several reasons. First and foremost, AFFORDABILITY! Generally, drumsticks are cheaper than breasts, making them a more budget-friendly option for our family.

Second, FLAVOR! As someone that solely cooked with chicken breasts, I had no idea just how flavorful and tender drumsticks can be. Thanks to a fancy dancy Google search, this is due to the higher fat content that keeps the drumstick juicy and moist.

Finally, EASE, part of my family of five includes two littles and drumsticks have proven easier for them to pick up and enjoy. Yes, yes, I can still cut chickens or any protein into small bites but what is wrong with having a little fun with food?

Just like chicken breasts, drumsticks are versatile, easy to adapt to different cooking methods and perfect for seasoning. Who knows, maybe they will continue to be a preferred choice for my family over chicken breasts. They are definitely perfect for our Air Fryer Drumsticks Recipe!

Still not sure you are ready to try our Air Fryer Drumsticks Recipe?

Chicken Thighs in Air Fryer

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Let’s take a look at five reasons why busy parents use air fryers while cooking dinner:

1. Quick and Easy: Air fryers are a LIFESAVER for busy parents who need to cook dinner fast. Air fryers can cook a variety of meals in under 30 minutes, from protein to vegetables, and yes, even desserts!

2. Healthy Option: Air fryers offer a healthier alternative to deep-frying, using minimal oil and producing fever calories. This definitely appeals to parents who want to provide healthful meals for their families without sacrificing flavor.

Side note: as a busy momma that follows a keto lifestyle, I’m all in for cooking in the air fryer!

3: Versatility: Thanks to the incredible versatility of air fryers, parents are able to cook a wide variety of dishes from chicken and vegetables to fries, seafood, and even baked goods!

4: Easy Cleanup: Let’s be honest, you put time into cooking dinner, then everyone cleans their plate in a matter of minutes and it is time for cleaning up; it can be a nightmare! Air fryers make cleanup a breeze, with dishwasher-safe parts and minimal mess.

5: Stress-Free Cooking: Cooking dinner doesn’t have to be stressful but often can be, especially when juggling multiple tasks. Air fryers simplify the process, allowing parents to cook with minimal supervision which allows them to focus on other tasks.

Let’s review! Our Air Fryer Drumsticks Recipe includes chicken drumsticks which are more affordable, more flavorful and more fun for smaller hands. Our recipe also includes the use of an air fryer, a busy parent’s best friend. The air fryer offers speed, health, versatility, easy cleanup, and last but certainly not least, stress-free cooking.

What are you waiting for? Check out the details of this fast and easy recipe and get ready to add our Air Fryer Drumsticks Recipe to your weekly meal plan.

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Air Fryer Drumsticks Recipe with BBQ



BBQ Sauce




Air Fryer Drumsticks Recipe - What You Need


1. Make sure drumsticks are as dry as can be by patting them down with a towel.
2.Coat each drumstick in butter.
Coat drumsticks with melted butter
3.Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
Add Salt and Pepper
4.Place drumsticks on air fryer basket without overcrowding.
Place drumsticks on air fryer tray
5.Cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
6.Remove from air fryer and coat drumsticks in BBQ sauce.
Coat drumsticks with BBQ sauce
7.Place back in air fryer for another 10 minutes.
8.Sprinkle parsley for garnish and enjoy!
Cooked drumsticks and plated
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Cooked drumsticks and plated

Air Fryer Drumsticks Recipe with BBQ Sauce

Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


• 6 Drumsticks
• BBQ Sauce
• 1 Stick Butter (Melted)
• Salt
• Pepper


1. Make sure drumsticks are as dry as can be by patting them down with a towel.
2. Coat each drumstick in butter.
3. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
4. Place drumsticks on air fryer basket without overcrowding.
5. Cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
6. Remove from air fryer and coat drumsticks in BBQ sauce.
7. Place back in air fryer for another 10 minutes.
8. Sprinkle parsley for garnish and enjoy!


Following a keto or low carb style? Trying to watch your sugar intake? Use your favorite sugar free BBQ sauce.

This recipe can easily remove the BBQ sauce, remove the step where you remove the drumsticks and coat with BBQ sauce and just cook them in the air fryer for the time noted.

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Amber Myers May 8, 2024 - 5:42 pm
What a tasty dinner idea! I will keep it in mind for sure. We just got an oven with an air fryer!
Hannah Bures May 8, 2024 - 8:35 pm
What a great recipe for the air fryer!! We use ours almost daily and this is going to be great meal to try out!!
Krystle May 8, 2024 - 10:14 pm
These came out so crunchy! I love making chicken in the air fryer.
Lavanda Michelle May 9, 2024 - 3:15 am
It's amazing how drumsticks can be both budget-friendly and flavorful, and using the air fryer makes it all so easy. Can't wait to try this out for dinner tonight!
laura May 9, 2024 - 12:15 pm
This is an amazing dinner idea that I will be making for my family and I know that they will love it.
Beautiful Touches May 9, 2024 - 12:34 pm
This looks like such an easy to follow recipe! I should give it a try next time I'm doing up some drum sticks!
Natasha Mairs May 9, 2024 - 2:13 pm
These look like something my husband and teens would love! I'm a vegetarian, but I love the look of the mac and cheese.
Maria Egan May 9, 2024 - 3:37 pm
This looks very tasty and so easy to make.
Marysa May 9, 2024 - 5:24 pm
Love your salt and pepper containers! These drumsticks look awesome, and it is nice to have some new air fryer recipes to try.
Christy G May 9, 2024 - 10:26 pm
I haven’t made drum sticks in a while. I love making stuff in the air fryer because it’s easy clean up. But I forget to use it sometimes. I’ll have to try these chicken drum sticks.
vidya May 10, 2024 - 12:59 am
i love how versatile and useful the air fryer is proving to be.. i use mine for so many different dishes too
susan atkins May 16, 2024 - 1:20 pm
Thank you for this easy airfryer recipe for drumsticks-I can always use new recipes for my family
Terri Quick May 16, 2024 - 3:31 pm
I love my air fryer

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