Air Fryer Barbecue Chicken Legs Recipe

Air Fryer Barbecue Chicken Legs Recipe

For years I tried to find the perfect bottled barbecue sauce. I finally mixed up my own using ketchup, honey and brown mustard. It’s delicious slathered on any cut of chicken, especially drumsticks.




  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 Tbsp. spicy brown mustard
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 16 chicken drumsticks

1. In a large saucepan, mix the first 8 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally. Reserve 2 cups sauce for serving.

2. Preheat air fryer to 375°. In batches, place chicken in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until a thermometer reads 170°-175°, 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally and brushing generously with remaining sauce during the last 5 minutes. Serve with reserved sauce.

2 chicken drumsticks with ¼ cup sauce: 422 cal., 12g fat (3g sat. fat), 95mg chol., 909mg sod., 49g carb. (48g sugars, 0 fiber), 29g pro.

TEST KITCHEN TIP: If your drumsticks are frozen, you can still cook them in the air fryer. Just allow for a longer cook time and use a pen thermometer to make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 170°.

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