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Air Fried Chicken Legs

Air Fryer Chicken Legs

Juicy, tasty, and lip-smacking good chicken legs oozing with natural flavors. This air fryer chicken dish takes away the messy and oily spills in cooking your favorite comfort food. Now you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself with oil splatters or those extra calories from oil! 
Course Main
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 232kcal
Author Imma


  • air fryer


  • 2 pounds (907.18g) chicken legs
  • ½ tablespoon (1.37g) Dried Italian herb
  • ¾ teaspoon (3.75g) salt
  • 2 teaspoons (4g) onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon (6g) garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon (1g) smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon (1g) white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (1g) cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon (1g) bouillon powder (you may replace with salt)


  • Wash chicken legs, thoroughly dry and place on a cookie sheet in a single layer, then let them sit in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight. Do not cover them; let the air-dry them out. This step is not a must but a recommendation for extra crispy skin. If pressed for time, omit.
  • Salt and pepper the chicken, then thoroughly mixed with spices above or use any of our favorite spice mix we have on this blog. Jerk seasoning, Creole, or Italian seasoning.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer - I preheat mine at 400 Degrees F for 5 minutes - when ready to air fry.
  • Set your Air Fryer to 380°F. Place chicken legs in the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd. You might have to do so in batches.
  • Cook chicken for about 18-20 minutes depending on the size of your chicken. Also, keep in mind that each air fryer cooks differently.  If it is your first time making chicken, check frequently especially the last few minutes of cooking, and adjust according to desired brownness.
  • Flip the chicken legs halfway through while cooking. Chicken legs should be brown and thoroughly cooked through before serving.
  • Remove and toss with sauce or serve with Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing here.


  1. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 1chicken leg | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg