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5 from 19 votes

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

These drumsticks are coated in a simple seasoning then cooked in the air fryer until crisp. Then they are tossed in spicy buffalo sauce. These chicken drumsticks are a great alternative to wings and perfect as a main meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Drumsticks
Calories: 145kcal
Author: Deanna



  • 12 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • 2 tsp Corn starch
  • 2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • Pinch Salt

For the Sauce

  • 3/4 Cup Hot sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Clove Garlic minced


  • Mix the flour, corn starch and spices in a small bowl.
  • Add the chicken to a large bowl, then add the seasoning and toss to coat.
  • Place in your air fryer in a single layer (as best you can). Then set to 380 degrees for 25 minutes
  • Half way through the cook time, open the air fryer and turn the drumsticks to help ensure even cooking.
  • While the chicken is cooking, add the hot sauce, butter and garlic to a small sauce pan.
  • Heat just until the butter is melted and the sauce is heated through.
  • When the chicken is finished cooking transfer it to a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the chicken and toss to coat.
  • Serve with blue cheese or ranch dip.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 251IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg