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5 from 2 votes

Air Fryer Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumsticks

Serve up juicy and tender pieces of chicken with this air fryer chicken drumstick recipe. The air fryer perfectly cooks the chicken.
Prep Time35 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, air fryer chicken drumsticks, air fryer recipes, chicken, chicken drumsticks
Servings: 4
Calories: 294kcal


  • 4 chicken legs drumsticks
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large lemon juiced, and zests
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar


  • In a large bowl (or you can use a plastic bag), mix all the ingredients together for the marinade.
  • Massage the chicken legs with the marinade and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes or 1-2 hours if you have more time.
  • Preheat air fryer to 375 F according to manufacturer instructions.
  • Once the air fryer is preheated, transfer the chicken into the basket and air fry for 10 minutes (discard the leftover marinade or reheat in a pan until gently simmering to drizzle on top when serving), and flip the chicken for the last 10 minutes. Total air frying time 20 minutes. Chicken should be darkened, browned, and very crisp on the outside.
  • Garnish with extra lemon zest, lemon slices/wedges, and fresh oregano or parsley. Serve with any dipping sauce of your choice.


If you have air fryer basket liners, use them so your air fryer basket can serve you longer. DIY: You can also simply use parchment paper, cut out according to size needed, punch or cut out some holes in it.
Fried food generally doesn’t reheat well. But with an air fryer, you can reheat the chicken once if it got cold (on the same day of making). Reheat in a preheated air fryer at 375 F for 5 minutes.
Oregano - best combination with lemon garlic but other alternatives would be rosemary, basil, thyme. Dried or fresh.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg