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Air-Fried Spicy chicken legs

Cooking Method
Courses ,
Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 7 min Cook Time: 15 min Rest Time: 20 min Total Time: 42 mins
Servings 2

Simple Air-fried chicken legs recipe with a spicy, citrusy kick. You only need a handful of ingredients and very little hands-on time. 

  • 2 Chicken leg quaters (skin removed)
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika (substitute with cayenne for more heat)
  • 2 teaspoons course ground black pepper (freshly ground is better)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezedlime juice
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil (or any neutral oil of your choice)
  1. Remove the skin of the chicken leg quarters*. Put about 7 - 8 gashes in each leg quarter on the front side only. Pat dry the chicken pieces with paper towels.

  2. In a separate large bowl, mix paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, salt, lime juice, and oil.

  3. Add chicken pieces in and coat the chicken pieces very well with the spice mix. (use gloves!) Cover and leave it for 20 - 30 mins on the counter or 2 hours in the fridge. 

  4. Place chicken pieces in the air-fryer basket. Set the temp to 375F and timer for 15 mins and press start. Air-fry until the chicken is fully cooked, the internal temperature reaches 165F when you test with a meat thermometer. *( Time may vary depending on how big or small the chicken pieces are and the size/brand of the air-fryer. Always check the doneness before you serve)

  • You can leave the skin on if you'd prefer that way. In that case, you can skip adding gashes or add fewer gashes since the skin can shrink as it cooks and become crsipy.
  • You can use this same recipe to make chicken drumsticks, thighs and wings as well.
  • Air-fryer time and temp may vary depending on the size of the air-fryer you use and the size of the chicken pieces.
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