Turn ordinary chicken legs into extraordinary with a simple blend of herbs, spices and 20 minutes in the air fryer. No breading necessary, just lots of taste, crispy skin, and succulent, juicy, tender meat. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal!
Your air fryer is the ideal appliance to make roasted chicken. With this recipe, we take chicken drumsticks and coat them with a simple blend of pantry-favorite herbs and spices to “roast” the chicken in about 20 minutes. The results are awesome. No need to make a big mess with any breading mix, no need to fire up the oven, all the magic takes place in the air fryer.
Fresh Chicken Legs
We start with 8 fresh chicken legs (drumsticks). If you have frozen chicken legs, I recommend thawing them first for best results. Make sure the chicken is skin-on, as that’s where we get a ton of flavor. I like to look for good, plump chicken legs that have been cut and packaged well. And the great thing is, they’re usually very affordable!
I think you’ll find most of the ingredients are already in your pantry or spice rack.
- Ground Mustard
- Salt and pepper
If you’re missing any of the ingredients, you can just leave it out. But you’ll get the full flavor profile with this awesome mix of ingredients.
Everyone love a simple recipe and this one certainly fits in that category. Coat the chicken with a little olive oil, add the seasoning mix, and get the chicken good and coated with everything. Really, that’s it!
Air Fry at 400°(F) for 20 Minutes
Cooking the chicken couldn’t be any easier as well. Preheat your air fryer at 400°(F) for 5 minutes. When it’s ready, add the chicken legs to the basket or tray, and set to air fry at 400°(F) for 20 minutes. Turn the chicken legs a couple of times during the cooking time to assure even roasting. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165°(F) when done. You can always add more time if needed.
Let Rest and Serve
When the chicken is done, carefully remove to a plate and let rest for a couple of minutes before serving. This gives the natural juices a chance to redistribute.
Adjusting the Recipe
This recipe is easily adjusted. If you want to double it, double all the spices and do two batches. The reason being that we don’t want to overcrowd the air fryer. The hot air needs to circulate around the meat to achieve the crisping effect. You don’t want to stack the chicken or have it all jammed together. If you want to cut the recipe in half, simple use half the ingredients.
Storage and Reheating
You can store leftover chicken in an air tight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a microwave for 1-2 minutes. You can also reheat in an air fryer at 350°(F) for about 5 minutes.Print
Air Fryer Herb Roasted Chicken Legs
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2-3 servings
Chicken legs roasted to perfection in your air fryer. With a savory seasoning blend made with simple ingredients, you can make the most tender, juicy and succulent chicken drumsticks in about 20 minutes.
- 6 chicken legs
- 1 tsp oregano, dried
- 1 tsp crushed dried rosemary
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp thyme, dried
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ½ tsp ground mustard
- ½ tsp ground sage
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- Mix all dry ingredients in a small dish.
- Place chicken legs in a large zip-top bag or a large bowl. Add olive oil and coat chicken well.
- Add seasoning blend to chicken and mix well to coat all the chicken.
- Preheat air fryer to 400°(F) for 5 minutes
- Add seasoned chicken to air fryer basket or tray. Set to air fry at 400° for 20 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken is 165°(F).
- Carefully remove chicken and let rest for a couple of minutes before serving.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: American
Made this for dinner tonight. Great flavor and timing was just 3 minutes longer in my Cuisinart AF. Thank you.