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cooked frozen chicken drumsticks in air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Drumsticks

Air fryer frozen chicken drumsticks recipe that will show you how to cook frozen chicken legs in air fryer, how long to cook, tips, and more. With this easy and quick recipe, the drumsticks come out flavorful, moist, juicy, and tender.
4.80 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, British
Servings 7
Calories 174 kcal


  • Air fryer


  • 7 pieces Frozen chicken drumsticks
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion granules
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic granules
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Oil Olive, sunflower or vegetable oil


  • Bring out the raw frozen drumsticks from the freezer. If there's a lot of ice on it, rinse under the tap to deglaze. 
  • Make the marinade by mixing the paprika, parsley, onion, garlic granules, black pepper, salt, and oil.
  • Rub the deglazed chicken drumsticks with the marinade. Make sure that all the parts are covered with the marinade.Arrange the chicken legs in the air fryer basket. Don't overlap them.
  • Set the air fryer to 180C/360F and cook the drumsticks for 15 minutes, bring out the basket, flip the drumsticks, and air fry for another 15 minutes. 
  • If using sauce like bbq sauce, teriyaki or, honey soy, brush on the drumsticks and air fry for another 5 minutes. 
  • Bring out the air fryer basket, let the chicken rest for 5 minutes then serve.


  • If the drumsticks are stuck together, run under water to separate them into individual pieces before seasoning. 
  • If you are unable to seperate them by just running under water, you can air fry for 4 minutes then separate them into individual pieces, season, and then continue to air fry till cooked. 
  • The pepper quantity stated in this recipe is a guide and you can adjust to how hot you like your food.
  • The oil added to the seasoning ensure that the seasoning sticks on the frozen chicken. 
  • If using sauce like bbq sauce or honey soy sauce to glaze, add in the last 5 minutes as instructed. If added earlier it will cause the chicken to brown quickly and might burn on the outside.
  • Don't crowd the basket as air needs to circulate in the air fryer for even cooking. Place the frozen drumsticks in a flat single layer. Don't overlap them. 
  • Air fryer brands vary and so does their timing so you might have to adjust the temperature of your air fryer and it might also require you to cook for longer. 
  • If you are not sure if the chicken is cooked through to a safety standard then check the internal temperature with an instant-read meat thermometer. If it is at least 165F/75C it is safe to eat. 


Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 15gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 90mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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