Southern Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks
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Southern Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks

Delicious crispy southern air fried chicken drumsticks. You will be buying chicken drumsticks more and more often once you have tried our air fried chicken drumsticks!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time18 mins
Servings: 4 Drumsticks
Calories: 315kcal



  • Preheat the Air Fryer for 2 minutes at 185c/365f.
  • Place the bread in the blender and add to it salt, pepper, a pinch of cayenne, dried garlic and onion and the basil. Blend until the bread resembles breadcrumbs. Put into a bowl and put to one side.
  • Add flour to a second bowl and mix it with ½ the paprika and some salt and pepper. Put the bowl to one side.
  • Add the buttermilk, the rest of the seasonings and the chicken drumsticks to a third bowl and mix well and allow the chicken drumsticks to be submerged.
  • Now remove the chicken from the drumsticks bowl, place it in the flour, then in the breadcrumbs and do this for each of the air fried chicken drumsticks.
  • As you do them place each of them into the basket inside of your Air Fryer.
  • When all the chicken drumsticks are coated add a small drizzle of olive oil as this stops them from going dry and makes them taste even better!
  • Cook them in the Air Fryer at 185c/365f for 13 minutes. Then a further 2 minutes at 175c/347f.
  • Serve.


We cooked just 4 air fried chicken drumsticks because it was just two of us for lunch and 2 each plus some coleslaw was a perfect serving size. Think this mixture does 4 so if you are making 8 then double the quantities and then if you are doing 12 then triple it.


I don’t measure out my flour as it’s a waste of time as it doesn’t need to be exact. Instead always have 3 bowls of the same size and make sure the flour bowl has roughly the same amount of flour as what the breadcrumbs bowl has. Slices of bread can differ in size, if you don’t have enough then add a little more to the blender. You can also use any bread you have in.


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Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.4g | Protein: 21.1g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 7% | Iron: 18%