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Chicken legs made in an air fryer

Best Damn Air Fryer Chicken Legs

  • Author: RecipeTeacher
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 chicken legs
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


Tender and delicious chicken legs cooked to perfection in an air fryer.


  • 6 chicken legs
  • 3 tbs brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil


  1. Add all dry ingredients to a large zip top bag and shake to mix well. Add chicken to bag with vegetable oil and shake until all the chicken in coated.
  2. Let chicken marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. The longer the better. Overnight is best!
  3. Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 380 degrees (F). Add chicken to air fryer and use “air fry” setting at 380 degrees (F) for 18-20 minutes, turning chicken halfway through. Internal temperature of chicken should be at least 165 degrees (F).