Keto Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

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  • prep time

    prep time

    10 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    25 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    35 min

Keto Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

You’ll save loads of time in the kitchen once you add this Keto air fryer recipe to your meal prepping rotation. This is also a great recipe to use when you need to feed a group of hungry people fast! Chicken drumsticks with the skin on are rubbed down in a peppery and slightly spicy spice rub. You can send these bad boys straight to your air fryer. They crisp up in 15 minutes or less, and you’ll never want to use an oven to cook your chicken again! Pair these easy Keto drumsticks with one or two of your favorite Carb Manager side dishes for a full meal. You can easily increase the servings to meet your meal prepping needs without adding extra time to the recipe. Let other users know what you thought of this recipe in the comment section!

How To Check For Doneness

There are a couple of things you can look for to determine if your drumsticks have finished cooking in your air fryer. First, use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken has cooked to at least 165 degrees internally. Then, check to see if the skin is crispy enough. It should be golden brown from a mustard basting, thin and flaky. You can continue cooking in 4-5 minute increments until your chicken is cooked to your liking.

Recommended Marination Time

It is recommended you marinate the chicken drumsticks for the best result, but this time is not included in the preparation or cooking times. It’s entirely optional if you marinate the chicken or not, making this a quick and easy air fryer Keto recipe. If you do choose to marinate the drumsticks, you can do Steps 1-2 the night before you wish to cook them, allowing them to marinate overnight. Your finished chicken drumsticks will be extra tender and cooked closer to perfection.

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  • Net Carbs

    1 g

  • Fiber

    0.5 g

  • Total Carbs

    1.4 g

  • Protein

    33 g

  • Fats

    10.2 g

226 cals

Keto Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

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  • Salt


    1 tsp

  • Black pepper

    Black pepper

    0.5 tsp

  • Paprika


    1 tsp

  • Cayenne


    0.25 tsp

  • Oregano, dried

    Oregano, dried

    0.5 tsp

  • Parsley, dried

    Parsley, dried

    1 tsp

  • Onion powder

    Onion powder

    0.25 tsp

  • Cumin, ground

    Cumin, ground

    0.25 tsp

  • Garlic powder

    Garlic powder

    0.5 tsp

  • Chicken Dark Meat Drumstick Only Enhanced Raw

    Chicken Dark Meat Drumstick Only Enhanced Raw

    1.5 lb

  • Olive Or Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Olive Or Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    1 tsp

  • Butter, unsalted

    Butter, unsalted

    1 tbsp

  • Honey mustard sauce

    Honey mustard sauce

    1 tsp

Recipe Steps

steps 3

35 min

  • Step 1

    Start by combining salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, oregano, parsley, onion powder, cumin, and garlic powder in a small dish to make your drumstick seasoning. At your discretion, you can alter, add, or omit ingredients to or from the listed spices to your liking. If you use any seasonings that include salt, reduce how much initial salt you use. Set your spice rub aside and arrange drumsticks that weigh approximately 6 ounces each on a large, clean plate.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Use your hands to rub olive oil into the skin and flesh of all the chicken drumsticks. Then, rinse your hands and sprinkle your spice rub over the chicken. Again, use your hands to rub the spices into all the skin and flesh from top to bottom. Continue sprinkling the seasoning and rubbing it into the drumsticks until it’s all used up. Make sure to pull the skin on your drumsticks up over the flesh so it cooks to extra crispy later on.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    If you have time available, it’s recommended you cover and marinate your drumsticks in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours or as long as overnight. However, you can continue to cook the drumsticks immediately if you wish. Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees, and cook the drumsticks for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, microwave the butter in a small dish until melted, and then mix mustard into it until the ingredients emulsify. Brush the buttery mustard over the chicken drumsticks in a thin layer, and return them to your air fryer to cook for 15 minutes or until done.
    Step 3