Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks with Ketchup Marinade

Crispy, tender, and juicy, these Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks are healthy and the best protein meal for all the family. Chicken drumsticks made in an air fryer turn out so delicious and flavorful in just 30 minutes!

Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks – easy and healthy 30 min meal

Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks recipe is super easy to make and requires no prep time! You just need to add simple marinade ingredients to the chicken drumsticks, mix, and then pop them in your air fryer! There is no marinating required! But if you have some time before dinner, you can marinate the chicken drumsticks for 30 minutes at room temperature or refrigerate them for up to 24 hours if you want to make the chicken in ahead of time.

The mix of ketchup, lemon juice, some olive oil, and a simple seasoning blend really makes the chicken flavorful. Ketchup provides tender and flavorful poultry meat and slightly sweet chicken skin. I used my Healthy Homemade Ketchup in this recipe for the extra flavor.

If you like spicy foods, you can add some amount of sriracha or hot sauce to your taste.

Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks – easy and healthy 30 min meal

Why Do You Need These Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Quick and simple. Drumsticks in the air fryer take under 30 minutes and make a perfect weeknight chicken dinner for the whole family!

Healthy and good for you. Chicken drumsticks have a generous amount of nutrients, essential amino acids and are a great choice for a healthy diet. Drumsticks are high in protein which helps you reach your health and fitness goals, either building muscle or weight loss. One air fryer chicken drumstick has about 19 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, and only 0.4 grams of carbs.

Chicken drumstick without skin contains about 14 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat, 0.2 grams of carbs, and only has 117 kcal (based on USDA). So, it’s an ideal low-calorie food for those who are tracking macros for losing fat and bodybuilding.

Perfect regardless of everyone’s taste and diet preference. Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks are comforting family-friendly delights that are also low carb, gluten-free, and keto-friendly.

Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks – easy and healthy 30 min meal

What Goes With Chicken Drumsticks

These Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks pretty much go with anything. I love to serve them with light and easy sides like these Roasted Vegetables, Tabbouleh Salad or Grilled Asparagus. They also pair so well with air fryer potato wedges or Mashed Potatoes and this Healthy Caesar Salad for a comfort meal.

More Healthy Chicken Recipes Worth to Try

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Grilled Chicken Thighs

Easy Baked Chicken Wings

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Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks – easy and healthy 30 min meal

Serving: Prep time:  Cook Time: Total Time:
4-5 servings 5 min 20 min 25 min

Ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

  • 10 chicken drumsticks (~2 lb)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. (or 30g) ketchup (I used healthy homemade ketchup)
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. BBQ spices or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepperAir-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks – easy and healthy 30 min meal

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

  1. Place the chicken drumsticks in a large mixing bowl or a ziploc bag. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, ketchup, and all dry seasonings. Toss with your hands until the drumsticks are thoroughly coated.Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks – easy and healthy 30 min meal
  2. Optional: Marinate the chicken drumsticks for 20-30 minutes at room temperature or cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 360°F.
  4. Arrange the drumsticks in a single layer in your air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the air fryer, flip and cook 8-10 minutes longer until the chicken drumsticks reach an internal temperature of 165°F – 185°F or until no longer pink inside and no bloody spots around the bone.Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks – easy and healthy 30 min meal
  5. Remove from the air fryer, serve, and enjoy!

Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks – easy and healthy 30 min meal

How Many Calories in Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Calories (per 1 serve/boneless, 140g): 302 kcal Calories (per 100g/boneless ): 216 kcal
Fat: 15.6 g Fat: 11.1 g
Carbohydrates: 0.7 g Carbohydrates: 0.4 g
Protein: 37.1 g Protein: 26.5 g
Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks – easy and healthy 30 min meal

Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks with Ketchup Marinade

Crispy, tender, and juicy, these Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks are healthy and the best protein meal for all the family. Chicken drumsticks made in an air fryer turn out so delicious and flavorful in just 30 minutes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Calories 302 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 chicken drumsticks ~2 lb
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. or 30g ketchup (I used healthy homemade ketchup)
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. BBQ spices or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken drumsticks in a large mixing bowl or a ziploc bag. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, ketchup and all dry seasonings. Toss with your hands until the drumsticks are thoroughly coated.
  • Optional: Marinate the chicken drumsticks for 20-30 minutes at room temperature or cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F.
  • Arrange the drumsticks in a single layer in your air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the air fryer, flip and cook 8-10 minutes longer until the chicken drumsticks reach an internal temperature of 165°F - 185°F or until no longer pink inside and no bloody spots around the bone.
  • Remove from the air fryer, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

How Many Calories in Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks
Calories (per 1 serve/boneless, 140g): 302 kcal Calories (per 100g/boneless ): 216 kcal
Fat: 15.6 g Fat: 11.1 g
Carbohydrates: 0.7 g Carbohydrates: 0.4 g
Protein: 37.1 g Protein: 26.5 g
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