Air-Fryer Crispy Curry Drumsticks

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 15 min./batch


4 servings

Updated: Aug. 26, 2023
These air-fryer chicken drumsticks are flavorful, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Sometimes I'll add some red pepper flakes in addition to the curry powder if I want to spice them up. —Zena Furgason, Norman, Oklahoma


  • 1 pound chicken drumsticks
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional


  1. Place chicken in a large bowl; add 1/2 teaspoon salt and enough water to cover. Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Preheat air fryer to 375°. In another bowl, mix oil, curry powder, onion salt, garlic powder and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; add chicken and toss to coat. In batches, place chicken in a single layer on tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°-175°, 15-17 minutes, turning halfway through. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro.

Air-Fryer Chicken Drumsticks Tips

Is air-fried chicken healthier?

Air-fried chicken has fewer calories and fat than deep-fried or pan-fried chicken. It's nutritionally similar to oven-baked chicken but it can have the crispy texture of fried chicken.

Can you cook frozen chicken legs in an air fryer?

Yes, you can! Just allow for a longer cook time and use a pen thermometer to make sure your chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 170°.

What goes well with crispy curry drumsticks?

Serve this dish with a few sides such as this Cilantro-Lime Rice, broccoli, cauliflower rice, this Indian Cucumber Salad and naan bread.

Research contributed by Elizabeth Harris

Nutrition Facts

2 ounces cooked chicken: 180 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 711mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein.