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  • Writer's pictureIva Peric

Chicken Drumsticks? More like Chicken Yumsticks!

For the past three weeks, I've been cat-sitting, which means I have been responsible for cooking my meals. One day during this period, I prepared these chicken drumsticks very easily, and they turned out delicious. My girlfriend and I shared six of them. I highly recommend trying it! It's a fantastic meal. :)

Recipe Below


To make this recipe, you will need:

  • 8 chicken drumsticks – pick high quality chicken drumsticks that are fresh or thawed. Pat chicken drumsticks dry with paper towels to make sure the oil and herbs stick, as water and packaging liquid can make it harder for them to stick to the chicken.

  • 2 tbsp olive oil – you can use olive oil, avocado oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, or any oil you prefer to cook with. We love the classic olive oil flavor with chicken.

  • 1 tsp celtic sea salt – grab a quality sea salt you love the flavor of. We like using celtic sea salt because it is saltier, so you can use less salt than regular table salt.

  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper – using fresh cracked black pepper develops a better flavor and a bit of heat.

  • 1 tsp garlic powder – garlic powder brings a rich, delicious flavor to chicken.

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika – paprika gives a hint of color to the chicken, and an earthy, smoky flavor.

  • 1/2 tsp cumin – cumin is earthy and brings out a “meaty” flavor in chicken.

(Optional) 1 cup Ranch dressing and 1 tsp hot sauce - I prefer Sriracha


  • In a small bowl, combine herbs and spices.

  • Set aside.

  • Place drumsticks in a bowl or a plastic bag and drizzle with olive oil.

  • Toss to coat.

  • Sprinkle herbs and spices all over drumsticks to coat them.

  • Preheat air fryer at 400 for 2-10 minutes.

  • Place drumsticks in air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes on 400.

  • Remove basket and flip chicken drumsticks.

  • Cook at 400 for another 10 minutes.

  • If chicken is not 165 degrees internally, add another 5 minutes of cook-time.

  • Time can vary based on drumstick size, so do check the temperature with a digital thermometer after cooking to prevent over or under cooking.

  • When chicken has reached 165 degrees internally, serve immediately.

(Optional) To make a dipping sauce mix the ranch dressing and hot sauce, add more for a spicier sauce. Enjoy!


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