Air-Fried Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

Deliciously crisp and tender Air-Fried Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks with creamy sauce! – Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low-Carb, Paleo, Keto, Trim Healthy Mama-S

Air-Fried Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks made in an air-fryer. Trim Healthy Mama-S

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Air-Fried Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks made in an air-fryer. Trim Healthy Mama-S

I know when you think of a recipe like this you’re usually thinking buffalo chicken wings, but I like drumsticks better than wings. So here’s a recipe for you for Buffalo chicken drumsticks made in an air fryer. The air fryer that I use is an Avalon Bay Air Fryer. It’s super easy to use and it’s price point is easier on the budget.

One of the reasons I like frying my chicken in an air fryer is because you don’t have to keep such a close eye on it like you do when you’re frying it in a bunch of oil, plus you’re not using a lot of oil!

Tips for air-fried chicken:

Before you put your chicken in the air-fryer, dry it with a paper towel to get rid of any excess moisture.

Once you place your chicken in the basket, spritz it with avocado or olive oil using a mister/sprayer. My favorite mister/sprayer is this Evo set. It’s easy to keep avocado oil in one and olive oil in the other so that you have either for whenever you need them.

Another tip for when you are using the air-fryer or frying anything is if you give your food a light sprinkling of pepper and then when it’s time to turn them over it’s easy to see which ones you have already turned.

I use glucommanan powder in my sauce to thicken it. If you haven’t used it before, it’s a low-carb thickener and you do not need to use very much. If you buy a container of it, it will last a long time. I use it in a lot of my frosty type drinks, like Frosted Lemonade and Frosted Mocha.

My favorite brand of store-bought mayonnaise is Just Mayo. I like that it’s free of a lot of the common allergen’s including soy! I have a family member that can’t have soy and so many times when you find something gluten free and dairy free it will include soy. So Just Mayo makes this mama happy! Of course, if you prefer you can make your mayo from scratch.

Trim Healthy Mamas this air-fryer chicken recipe is an S.


Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

Air-Fried Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks made in an air-fryer. Trim Healthy Mama-S

Deliciously crisp and tender chicken legs with a creamy buffalo sauce.

  • Author: MamaShire
  • Yield: 2-3 servings
  • Category: Dinner


5-6 chicken legs (depends on the size of your air-fryer’s basket)
Avocado oil or olive oil in a mister
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup gluten-free chicken broth
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (I like Just Mayo)
2 tablespoons Frank’s hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon glucomannan powder


Rinse chicken legs and pat dry with a paper towel. Mist the air-fryer basket with oil and place chicken legs in the basket. Mist the top side of the chicken legs with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Air fry the chicken legs at 375° for 10 minutes. Turn the legs over and spritz with oil and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Air fry again for 10 minutes.

Check on the chicken legs, they will need 5-10 more minutes of air frying so give them another spritz of oil and turn them if needed then continue air frying.

After about 20 minutes of air frying the chicken legs, begin making the sauce. Put the chicken broth, mayonaise, hot sauce, onion powder in a small pan over medium-low heat and whisk to make smooth. While whisking slowly add the glucomannan powder. Whisk for about a minute and continue heating on medium-low heat.

Whisk the sauce a few times as it heats up. It will begin to thicken after 5-6 minutes. Do not add anymore glucomannan. It really only takes a little bit to thicken. Once it’s heated and thickened remove from heat.

Check the legs. They should be crispy and fried. Use a fork and knife and cut one to make sure the juices are clear. The meat should be very tender.

Use tongs to move legs to a serving platter and pour the buffalo sauce over the legs. You can also put some of the sauce in a small bowl to use as a dipping sauce. Enjoy!


This recipe was inspired from a recipe in the book Paleo Cooking with Your Instant Pot.


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