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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on a white plate with sauce and cucumber sticks
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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are sweet, juicy and tender. Cooked to perfection in the Air Fryer these drumsticks make the perfect easy dinner!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Servings: 5
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Air Fryer


Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

  • 1 kg chicken legs Note 1
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce Note 2
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • sesame seeds optional, Note 3
  • chives optional


Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

  • Combine BBQ sauce, honey, sriracha, salt and pepper in a small jug and whisk till consistency mixed.
  • Add chicken drumsticks to an large bowl, pour marinade over legs and use a pastry brush to coat. Then use tongs to turn the legs to the other side and repeat brushing to fully marinate the legs.
  • Option: marinate in the fridge for 30 mins - overnight
  • Spray Air Fryer basket with cooking oil, use tongs to place chicken drumsticks into the Air Fryer basket, spaced in one flat layer, not touching
  • Turn the air fryer on to 180°C/350 F for 30 mins (if your Air Fryer needs preheating, you can do this as step 1)
  • Cooking the drumsticks for 10 mins, pull the basket out, use tongs to turn each drumstick to the other side, brush leftover marinade over this side and cook for a further 10 mins.
  • Pull the basket out, sprinkle sesame seeds over the chicken drumsticks and push the basket back. Cook for a further 2-3 mins. Use a skewer to test one of the legs, pierce it at the widest part, if the juices run clear, they are cooked. If the juices are pink, cook for a further 2-5mins.
  • Remove chicken drumsticks from Air Fryer and Serve immediately. Garnish with chopped shallots (optional)



  • Note 1 The marinade will cover 800grams - 1kg of chicken legs
  • Note 2 Sriracha is a hot chilli sauce and it does have a kick to it. Whilst mellowed when paired with the BBQ sauce and honey, if you are not a fan of heat at all, omit this from the recipe. If you do so, there is no need to substitute another ingredient. 
  • Note 3 The sesame seeds and chives are for texture and to garnish. If you wish to, you can omit them. Shallots (green onions) are a good substitute for the chives.
  • Note serving size (per nutritional info) is 1 chicken leg 


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 985mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg